Sell It, Forget It, or Refinish It?


November 17, 2007, 11:01 AM
My buddy recently purchased a NIB Glock 23. It looks really sharp except for a blemish across the front of the slide like the one in the attached Glock 19 pic. In his case the blemish starts on the right side and goes over the muzzle of the slide.

He's trying to decide whether to sell the Glock 23 and lose around $80+, forget about the blemish and just use it, return it to Glock for refinish (no guarantee that it'll come back without any blemishes), or pay for an aftermarket finish. What would you do?

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November 17, 2007, 11:04 AM
I would shop at gun shops with better lighting.

November 17, 2007, 11:07 AM
It is a Glock. Forget the blemish, and use it like it was intended. :D

November 17, 2007, 11:17 AM
It's got character now.

November 17, 2007, 11:55 AM
I could see how hes not happy with it, but it wont hurt it.

November 17, 2007, 12:14 PM
They're ugly guns to begin with. I don't think anyone buys Glocks because of their rich character and beauty. They're tools, and they're good at what they do. As long as it works like it's supposed to, forget about it.

November 17, 2007, 12:26 PM
Its going to get worn down with use and holstering, just forget it. :p

November 17, 2007, 12:51 PM
Was he buying this Glock for a safe queen or to actually use it?

If the former, return it and buy a new one. If the latter, forget about it, buy a holster, reholster it about 1000 times and add to its character. He'll forget about that blemish in no time. :evil:

November 17, 2007, 12:57 PM
Forget about it. Only if the scratch is deep enough to penetrate the black finish, the tennifer treatment (highly unlikely), and start rusting, would I consider selling it or refinishing it.

Use it and be happy.

November 17, 2007, 01:20 PM
Agree with strat81, forget it.


November 17, 2007, 01:47 PM
I concur. There's nothing wrong with wanting your weapon to look nice, but I definitely wouldn't sell it at an $80 loss because of that blemish! If a gun is going to be used often, it won't stay perfect for long anyway.

I would only spring for the aftermarket finish if I was interested in making the gun look different (e.g. hard chrome, robar, etc.), but that could be a pricey and IMO unwarranted endeavor unless the scratch is deep enough to compromise the benefits of the tenifer finish. And if that were the case, I'd probably just send it back to Glock for the refinishing.

Brian Williams
November 17, 2007, 02:09 PM
Shoot it.

November 17, 2007, 02:21 PM
Thanks for the replies. I looked at it today. It's not a scratch, it looks more like a finish issue from the black oxide that's done over the Tenifer. You can only seem the blemish in certain light, but my buddy's hardcore about things being perfect.:uhoh:

November 17, 2007, 03:30 PM
It does look like a cosmetic issue, but it isn't a functional one.
If the gun works right, I'd just be thankful for that, shoot it, and be happy.
Odds are that after you carry it for awhile it will get some marks on it anyhow.

Don't get me wrong - the lack of QC does irritate me. It should have been done right.

But after having owned a lot of guns that didn't work right and needing to send them back to the factory multiple times, if it were me I'd just shoot the Glock and be thankful that I didn't get FTE's instead.
As far as defects go, I could live with that one.

November 17, 2007, 04:22 PM
If it was a Colt 1911 or Single Action Army, I'd raise all hell about it with the dealer, manufacturer, whoever would listen. Since it's a Glock, I'd just forget about it and use the damned thing. If you're carrying it, it'll get far worse blemishes over time. After it's got plenty of holster wear about 10 years from now, then have Glock refinish it if you like.

November 17, 2007, 05:09 PM
I'd forget it. That said, I did have a G36 that I bought used with a really bad blemish in the same location. This past spring I drove it over to Glock, dropped it off, and for something like $45 they re-blackened my slide and barrel, and the gun looked like new. They warned me that the finish would be different, more like parkerizing, but when I picked the gun up it was just like a new factory finish. The tech told me that they had just come up with a new refinishing technique. They also went over the gun from top to bottom, would have replaced anything that needed replacing, and test fired it. So, just knowing I can get a Glock refinished that easily I don't sweat it.

BTW, I just had a Taurus PT92 slide/barrel Tuff-Gun refinished by Mac's Shootin Irons and he did a fantastic job.

Big Mike
November 17, 2007, 05:27 PM
Shoot it alot and do about 30,000 holster/reholstering drills.

November 17, 2007, 05:53 PM
adds character just shoot it, it shouldn't effect the way it shoots;)

lee n. field
November 17, 2007, 05:57 PM
Just use it. It'll pick up scuffs and other signs of honest use in due time.

November 17, 2007, 05:58 PM
It's a Glock, it was never "pretty" to begin with! Shoot it & be happy! ;)

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