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I spent about 5 years in a jungle environment, and EVERY Sig Sauer pistol turned orange within the first two weeks, most sooner. They are good guns, but they have horrible finishes. The K-Kote didn't work, factory re-bluing was useless, etc. The same stood true with the other guns, including stainless steel Rugers, S&W's, etc. I also saw some Black-T chip/peel while I was there. The only after market finish that worked was NP-3 from Robar.

However - the tenifer in the Glocks seemed to hold up to whatever came down the
pike. The stamped pieces that were not tenifer, like the slide stop, the locking block pin, etc., would eventually corrode, but they were easily cleaned up with steel wool and some cold-blue. We had one person in our office, who went through water survival and aircraft dunker training wearing his duty belt, with his Glock 22 in it, year after year. I did see the extractor plunger get a spot of orange on it during a yearly inspection once, but it cleaned up without a problem. I am talking SEA-SALT - total immersion.

Also, I can attest, that when we would land on the beaches and egress from a helicopter, dust and sand got EVERYWHERE. This included into every crevice of our guns. Every time, the Glocks worked without fail, when many other guns jammed up. Frequently, when we got back to the airfield, the guys would dump the mags, clear the chamber, and rinse the guns with fresh water from a Camelback to get the sand and salt out, wipe them off, then load up and get back on the aircraft after refueling.

Pretty tough critters, those Glocks. They just kept working, year after year. They impressed me there, and I have stuck with them ever since.

Like I have said before, they are not as elegant as a 1911, but they have always worked when I needed them to. That makes up for aesthetics, in my book.

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<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Chris Oslin on 2001-04-25 01:20 ]</font>
 

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David: WOW! Tell me - what holster were you using? I heard of a similar story with a Mad Dog kydex rig.

Also - did the gun still work after the incident? (As if absorbing the impact and staying together isn't impressive enough!)
 
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