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Stainless, blue, or nickel....your choice
In handguns. Which do you choose? For sake of argument here, "blue" is traditional blue, and is anything other than nickel or stainless. .
I've got or have had all three. Stainless is great, got one gun (S&W 3" Model 65) and requires a lot less maintenance than others. But I'm not sure I prefer it. I've only had one SS handgun, two in nickel....come to think of it all my handguns are blue. So maybe I'm prejudiced.
Nickel to me is the best looking, if a bit flashy, which is OK, if that's what you want. I find maintenance on nickel a bit more demanding than blue, since I tend to under-maintain it. Especially on older guns, many of which have flaking nickel caused by oxidation (I guess) beneath the finish.
Stainless what can you say? A little oil on the innards, applied judiciously, and you're golden.You'd think SS would be the primary choice of most people in handguns and iI's got a lot of good characteristics going for it. An excellent choice all-round, and it seems to be by far the most popular choice in revolvers.
However, these new finishes like the finish on Glocks and Sigs and a lot of other recent handguns present a challenge to SS in terms of durability. I don't know who offered it first, but I tend to think Gaston Glock. At least that's the first firearm I saw finished that way. And I think it's taken off...much cheaper and more durable than conventional nickel or traditional blue.
I don't know, but I think I'd be hard pressed to find a new nickel handgun. It's a finish that's pretty well out of style. Or a "traditional" blue for that matter.
What's your choice? Would it play a part in your choice of a new gun?
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