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I do like DLC, as it seems to stand up to all kinds of weather and holster use, etc.  However, I am not

big on paying extra for a finish that I am going to wear off as I practice and shoot matches.

I remember years ago, ok way back in the days of "man on man" competition.  A person covering

a match asked Ray Chapman that when he comes up to the line and the shooter next to him has a

new custom pistol, is he concerned.  He said no, but when a shooter is next to him and the bluing

is worn off his pistol, then he is concerned, because that shooter has been practicing a lot!

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Why, I have a hard chromed 1911, a black nitride 2011, and was thinking of DLC when getting another gun refinished.  Wasn't exactly getting the "why" part answered by most reply's, but still hoping.  If you don't like the thread, move on.  No need to complain.

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I have all the finishes listed. My favorite by far is the PVD coating DLC. It’s super hard and wear resistant, it provides a very good amount of wear resistance and it is a “slick” finish. It has a low coefficient of friction and is a slightly porous finish that holds oil. 

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On 9/11/2019 at 8:15 AM, Descartian said:

I have all the finishes listed. My favorite by far is the PVD coating DLC. It’s super hard and wear resistant, it provides a very good amount of wear resistance and it is a “slick” finish. It has a low coefficient of friction and is a slightly porous finish that holds oil. 

going with the DLC, so now ill have all three !!!

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Really like NP3 by Robar, it's held up well, high lubricity and low friction. I've also have had great luck with CPII by CCR refinishing for the very same qualities. Both pistols have been used a lot.

 

(aesthetically i still prefer a deep gorgeous blue).

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4 hours ago, Descartian said:

Low coefficient of friction and rust resistance.  Remember Stainless can rust too. 

 

My "stainless" guns haven't rusted in three decades, or so. I don't live near an ocean, though.

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My 20y old les baer is HC... has some scratches from PPC schooting

I have an 1911 in DLC, coating is worn out on the slide rails and  worn from the "detent ball" from my gost holster

My new PPC pistol is in Melonite/tenifer and is not as pretty as the DLC or Chrome but is not tested yet in competition

 

DLC is a hard coating on "soft" metal, Melonite/tenifer makes a hard suface in the metal (surface)

 

I would go for a chrome frame and melonite slide :D 

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TiAlN for the upper and electroless nickel with Teflon on the lower. This gives the classic two tone but a more durable and rust resistant finish.

Rich

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I have one hard chrome pistol.  I would not mind another.

Mass produced nitrided guns from Glock and Smith are OK.

 

The advantage of naked stainless is that you can change things without knocking holes in an applied finish.

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DLC. I’ve had my Titan for over 3 years now and it’s taken me from A to GM. I say that because the finish has lasted and still going strong from extremely hard use. 
 

highly recommended dlc. 

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