What's your finish preference?

View Poll Results: What Is Your Preferred Firearm Finish?

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  • Blued

    35 32.71%
  • Stainless

    44 41.12%
  • OD Green

    1 0.93%
  • Tenifer

    12 11.21%
  • Parkerized

    6 5.61%
  • Powder Coat

    2 1.87%
  • Robar NP3

    1 0.93%
  • Duracoat

    6 5.61%
  • Chrome

    3 2.80%
  • Hard Chrome

    3 2.80%
  • Melonite

    2 1.87%
  • Nickel Plating

    2 1.87%
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Thread: What's your finish preference?

  1. #1
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    What's your finish preference?

    Blued or Stainless Steel?

    Having only owned Sig's I have only had Blued. Now since I am hoping my next gun is a Kimber Pro Carry II, should I get Blued or SS?

    What is your preference? I know it's a personal opinion, just checking.

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    Why would somebody conceal or carry a stainless pistol or revolver, unless that is all you have?

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    Good thread. I added a poll as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pokey View Post
    Why would somebody conceal or carry a stainless pistol or revolver, unless that is all you have?
    I personally prefer blued but if it is concealed then does it matter if its stainless?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Daven View Post
    Blued or Stainless Steel?

    Having only owned Sig's I have only had Blued. Now since I am hoping my next gun is a Kimber Pro Carry II, should I get Blued or SS?

    What is your preference? I know it's a personal opinion, just checking.
    Sorry to disappoint you. Sig has only had stainless guns for the last 30+ years. Take a look at the slide and you will see the word "STAINLESS" in small letters. The frame is aluminum.

    I carry both depending on which gun I pick for that day. The blue just require a little more care, especially in Summer.

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    I prefer whatever is the most durable and care absolutely nothing about looks. This is serious stuff, and I want something that works. If there is an issue with the finish being too visible, I'll paint the gun.

    Tenifer is fantastically durable and corrosion resistant, which is one reason I like Glocks. It also has low reflectivity, enhancing concealment. My little blued LCP seems to be pretty corrosion resistant as well, except the barrel will get a little rusty if I don't keep it oiled.

    Oh! So my answer is "Tenifer", which is definitely NOT blued or stainless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    I prefer whatever is the most durable and care absolutely nothing about looks. This is serious stuff, and I want something that works. If there is an issue with the finish being too visible, I'll paint the gun.

    Tenifer is fantastically durable and corrosion resistant, which is one reason I like Glocks. It also has low reflectivity, enhancing concealment. My little blued LCP seems to be pretty corrosion resistant as well, except the barrel will get a little rusty if I don't keep it oiled.

    Oh! So my answer is "Tenifer", which is definitely NOT blued or stainless.
    Tenifer has been added.


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    Is parkerized the same as tenifer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by homershoots View Post
    Is parkerized the same as tenifer?
    No sir it is not. Tenifer is one of several ferritic nitrocarburizing finishes that happens to be a brand name. Melonite is very similar, there are others as well.

    I know a lot of folks like NP3 coating on their AR internals for easy cleaning and as a glock owner I'm definitely a fan of the tenifer.
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    Just added a few more options. Got any more to add?


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    stainless for cc beats blued any day !

    Quote Originally Posted by Pokey View Post
    Why would somebody conceal or carry a stainless pistol or revolver, unless that is all you have?
    Stainless will hold up much better than blued as a CC if you carry everyday.
    Have been CC since 2000 and have run into holster wear problems on blued,
    S&W and rust spots due to sweat in underarm rig.
    Any scuff or light wear marks,can be buffed out with polishing compound,
    after gun has been cleaned. Stainless is also a harder metal and will with,
    stand tuffer cond. in the field.

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