This is from Gary Smith at Caspian about their Ti frame.
"We are experiencing excellent results from our titanium frames. We've had titanium frames out in the world for over a year now without any trouble. The surprise is that that galling never turned out to be the problem we anticipated. Many shops like Gunsite in AZ build them raw without any coatings and have had excellent results (see their website for pic).
We use commercially pure titanium from cast blanks provided from Ruger's foundary. The weight comparison between aluminum and steel looks like this:
Aluminum 4.6 oz
Titanium 7.3 oz
Steel 11.9 oz
Titanium frames are available now.
We have HiCap frames available also.
We can make the officer model with a government length dust cover, but no longer than that.
It's tough to polish, but it can be done.
Anodizing is not all that difficult. Any anodizer with an ffl should pull it off. I received some information from anolize (www.anolaze.com
) and the do some wild colors.... or you can just leave the titanium natural and not worry about it.
The feed ramps are a lot tougher than the aluminum, so you should not have that problem. We haven't seen it yet and have had quite a few receivers out there for over a year.I'll post any problems if they appear, but so far these frames seem to be working out just fine."
Not sure about the SV Ti frame and Slide...hope that helps