Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by *Klutch*, Dec 19, 2010.
I would caution you though that a bead-blasted SS finish is not the scratch-resistant finish some believe it to be (just think of a SS refrigerator door). Polished SS can be touched up with metal polish when it starts to look worn, but bead-blasted finished have to be redone with a bead blaster. At the price you quoted though, that's not out of the question.
A little holster wear on a gun...
is like belt buckle scratches on the back of a good guitar. It is honest wear. I like my guns to look like they've been used and used well.
I have no use for safe queens. I'm the same way with knives. I carried a Randall Made Knife for the majority of my Army career. I carry a Chris Reeve Small Sebenza daily now. It is used but used well.
I make kydex/leather holsters and sometimes people are worried about the holster wear with a kydex holster. Keep the gun clean and the holster clean and you won't have problems. Grit and dirt in a lined holster will wear a finish more than a well maintained kydex holster.
1.) Bead blasted surfaces have more surface area and are more likely to start rusting.
2.) Scratches do show up more and are impossible to remove without refinishing.
That being said, I own a bead blasted stainless gun and I think it looks very nice.
Bead blasting has an added benefit, it makes the surface of the revolver stronger! Removing sharp edges and peening the surface makes for a stronger surface of the metal. Go for it, and enjoy it.
I should be more clear: More surface area per unit of area. Think microscopic.
There are more "nooks and crannies" for rust to begin, compared to a polished surface.
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