Black Chrome P7 PSP /w Polished Flats


February 8, 2004, 04:11 PM
Here it is. They mistakenly chromed the firing pin bushing because I sent a M8 bushing to be standard chromed, and they thought I wanted both bushings chromed. I accidentally told them to remove all of the markings when I just wanted the right side of the slide and the importer marked removed. I'll probably end up sending the slide back to get the markings put back on the left slide. The coating seems uneven around the firing pin bushing as well; it's hard to make out for you guys. On the inside there are areas that aren't coated and are goldish. At first I didn't like the finish, but I think I was in shock because it wasn't quite what I had expected. Plus, the combination of the finish, the missing markings on the left slide, the chrome bushing, the uneven finish around the bushing, and the gold color on the inside made me dislke it even more. However, if the bushing is black chromed, the markings put back on, the uniformity is fixed and complete coverage is achieved, I think I'll be happy with the look. Also the metal where the trigger contacts the frame is nickeled, but not black chromed.

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Jim Watson
February 8, 2004, 04:57 PM
It sounds to me like the plater screwed up your gun by the numbers.
Replace the slide markings?
It ain't gonna happen.
Those markings are typically roll-stamped at the factory. If the plater removed them, that metal is GONE, not just covered up by plating. Restoring them would require stripping the plating back to bare steel, engraving the markings, and replating. I recall a post that one expert restorer charged $150 to redo the slide roll marks on a well-worn Colt. And was considered cheap at that.

Andrew Wyatt
February 8, 2004, 05:04 PM
that's a right purty gun.

if you don't like it anymore, i'll buy it.

George Hill
February 8, 2004, 06:01 PM
Who - Where did this work for you?

The finish looks... inconsistant.

February 8, 2004, 06:13 PM
I'll wait until everything is resolved before I post which company plated the gun.

February 8, 2004, 07:51 PM
Will this be a carry piece?

I'd like to see how the black chrome holds up over time. How about a 3-month, 6-month and one-year follow-up?

Peter M. Eick
February 8, 2004, 09:31 PM
As I remember did you not have other problems with that gun and a local dealer here in Houston? I vaugely remember somethings.....

I think the gun is "kluged" and would sell it off. Get another one and keep shooting.

February 8, 2004, 11:04 PM
Peter, no that was my M8. This finish is growing on me.

I don't plan to carry this piece. I already have a hard chromed M8 that I carry.

Peter M. Eick
February 9, 2004, 08:23 AM
Well lets see the family picts......

February 9, 2004, 10:48 AM
Take my marking away? Well, I oughta... :cuss:

It's looks good, but naked...

February 9, 2004, 11:13 AM
I'm sending it back today.

February 9, 2004, 11:17 AM
I think the black chrome looks awesome and personally, I like it better w/o markings.


February 9, 2004, 11:18 AM
The finish is definitely growing on me.

February 9, 2004, 03:15 PM
actually, IMHO it looks like a good idea executed a little slap-dash. I second the notion that the plating looks a tad uneven.

As long as they left the serial number on there, I'd stick with the idea..

Sean Smith
February 9, 2004, 04:53 PM
Important thing to bear in mind for folks considering this finish is that Black Chrome is nowhere near as tough as Hard Chrome.

February 10, 2004, 10:00 AM
That is true Sean, but I believe it's a lot more durable than blueing. I don't plan to holster this pistol at all.

Greg Bell
February 10, 2004, 11:49 AM
I 've had my P7s in blue, nickel and chrome. I think my next carry piece will just be blued. It isn't that hard to keep up with and, maybe it is just me, but a worn finish on a gun is like the worn finish on a guitar, it just makes it a little more yours. Too flaky?:uhoh:


February 11, 2004, 12:23 PM
For what it's worth, I have a S&W 18 that is "Black Chromed."

but I believe it's a lot more durable than blueing

I don't.

If it is more durable and maybe it is, it isn't more durable by much. Not much at all. :eek:

Looks cool though!!:)

February 12, 2004, 12:43 AM
Hmmm black chrome. I may have black chrome put on the metal hardware my custom carbon fiber banjo.

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