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Which finish is more durable?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by IMTHDUKE, Nov 8, 2008.


    IMTHDUKE Well-Known Member

    Bright Stainless Steel or Nickel? I have a Python and not sure which finish it has. No box so is there another way I can determine that without paying $ to Colt to research it? Thanks.
  2. owlhoot

    owlhoot Well-Known Member

    You should be able to tell by the color. The stainless will have a "whiter color" tending toward grey. This aside, look at hidden areas. For example inside the ejector rod housing. Such an area would not be polished on a polished stainless gun, it will just be a flat grey. On a nickle gun the area will be bright just like the other plated parts. Same thing applies if you remove a side plate. the interior surface won't be polished on a stainless gun, but it will be plated on a nickle gun.

    In terms of durability, of course the stainless is more durable. Nickle is an applied finish. What goes on can come off. A polished stainless gun can get scratched up but the scratches can be easily polished out. Stainless for durability, nickel for flash and class.
  3. browningguy

    browningguy Well-Known Member

    Nickel is actually a very soft finish, normally used as a base for hard chrome which is very durable.

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