Nickel finish on 1911


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ChasMack
February 27, 2012, 12:55 PM
Not sure if this is the correct place but I was wondering anyone has any experience with a 1911, any brand, that is nickel coated? Does it stand up well to use? Is it worth buying if given a choice between that and parkerized? Thanks ion advance!!

Chuck

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ColtPythonElite
February 27, 2012, 01:03 PM
Good nickel wears better than blue.

Walt Sherrill
February 27, 2012, 01:20 PM
I once had a semi-custom Norinco that had been nickel-plated. Very attractive and durable finish -- but a bit more BLING than I cared for. I like nickel finishes.

Depending on how the finish is applied (and whether it has a copper undercoat -- most, but not all, do), you need to keep solvents that go after copper away from the finish.

ChasMack
February 27, 2012, 01:30 PM
I am not sure about how it was applied or much about the gun for that matter, though it is new. It has a brushed nickel finish, very nice looking I think. I am not a fan of bright stainless or bright nickel, but this looks good. If for some reason the nickel wore or maybe even chipped, can it be recoated with say cerakote and have it still look decent?

JimStC
February 27, 2012, 02:47 PM
Hard chrome is very durable and acts as "lubricant" when cycling the gun. This process is used frequently on competition guns when speed and accuracy are paramount. My competiton semi automatic pistols are all hard chromed. This is not the same as nickle, whether brushed or polished. Usually a good hard chrome job will cost $200-$300 and take about 3 weeks if my memory serves me correctly.....BTW, I am pretty sure some guns are sold off the shelf hard chromed.

Ghost Tracker
February 27, 2012, 02:58 PM
Technology has provided a BUNCH of superior finish options since blued, parkerized and nickel were our primary choices. But yes, you are correct, nickel is generally more durable than parkerized.

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