View Full Version : stainless steel vs blue/park for pistols!
12-31-2010, 06:16 PM
stainless steel pistols --are they worth the extra $$??
while pistol shopping i noticed most makes of pistols have a blue/park model and a stainless for a little more $.
is the stainless worth it?
if so how much?
12-31-2010, 06:32 PM
I can see stainless for a carry pistol that get thrown under the seat and held close to the body.
If it was for open carrying I think its just a cosmetic preference.
My current carry pistol isn't stainless (its cheap and functional PA-63) and it shows all the bruises prominently but it fires every time I pull the trigger:hndgun:
12-31-2010, 07:11 PM
I voted ss because I'm a sweaty mammal. I do own a couple non ss pistols though.
12-31-2010, 09:43 PM
i guess i only have one stainless pistol. that is the 45 OSS. but it is plastic framed--
but i do have a stainless steel barrel in one of my glocks and the 1911 i built a few years back.
i have been pondering building or buying a 1911 for 2011 and am trying to decide what to get.
i did find a nice looking stainless pistol for a bit more than the blued. about $120 more to be exact --but it has more to it than just a stainless finish it is considerably more finished in the internals as well.
the other pistol i am looking at has a stainless barrel and bushing --but that it. if the rest of it was a forging "for sure" i would feel better about it.:kick:
01-01-2011, 09:00 AM
I've got a stainless Springfield 1911 that has been lightly reworked- my shootin' buddies laugh at me for keeping it put away. It's just to damn pretty to get dirty-a safe queen. I do have a Rock Island that is blued and for a cheapo it more than does the job.
01-01-2011, 09:09 AM
I think it depends on the pistol. I think 1911s look better "old school".
01-01-2011, 10:11 AM
Well you know the benefits of stainless.
If you want a firearm in stainless but don't want the bling, paint or coat it, bling problem solved. :D
01-01-2011, 10:57 AM
what kind of coatings look good and will stick well to stainless?
i kind of like the two-tone 1911s with stainless frame and black slide so what would be good to coat a stainless slide?
01-01-2011, 01:00 PM
Any of the bake on finishes work well, but you have to sacrifice the polished surfaces as they only stick to a rough sandblasted surface. I prefer GunKote, but the other bake-ons have good reviews as well.
01-01-2011, 02:15 PM
anybody use this stuff?
John Norrell Arms - FAQ's (http://www.johnnorrellarms.com/molyresin_about.asp)
01-01-2011, 02:27 PM
I prefer SS becouse sometimes(most of the time),I am slow to the proper cleaning of the weapon.
01-01-2011, 02:56 PM
I will take stainless any time if available.
01-22-2011, 07:31 AM
I've got a 1991A1 Stainless and it has some small rust or perspiration stains. I actually havent used it that much but do take extra care cleaning and lubing it. I like the stainless look though.