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Old 05-04-2012, 05:01 AM   #1
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SIG Nitron Finish; Second Thoughts?

Let me start by saying that if I were to need a pistol for use in a harsh environment, I'd have absolute confidence in my P229 Nitron to withstand the elements and perform reliably. So far though, my pistols lead a very sheltered life in the vault, the range bag, the range and back again for a thorough cleaning. Not too demanding.
Have noted that cleaning the stainless finish slide on my 250 (Two Tone) is a much quicker process than on my Nitron finished 229. Got me thinking that for my next purchase (whenever that might be), I should be looking more seriously at one of SIG's many fine full stainless (slide and frame) offerings. I'm estimating significant cost and manhour savings just in maintenance.
Your thoughts? Please understand that I'm more interested in concurring opinions supporting the purchase of another SIG as opposed quick cleaning techniques. Who among you would rather have a new brand of CPL than a shinny new SIG.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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Finish and maintenance

I started daily carry with Sig weapons in 1998. I've noted that with leather, Kydex, or whatever, the Nitron finish shows wear very quickly, which of course the SS models would not.

I've also had two Sigs and an HK done in Duracoat, by two different smiths that don't have problems with other finishes, and will never go there again.

My current pet P245 is finished in Cerakote, and after about a month of daily carry in leather, so far its holding up great and is "wipe down" easy to clean. The options are unlimited.
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Every manufacturer has their shortcoming. Some have several. For Sig, it's their Nitron coating/finish. It isn't, and never has been, durable. It wears very quickly. I avoid Nitron and only buy nickel/stainless slide Sigs.
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The early Nitron was not as good as the newest generation Nitron finish using the Ionbond Dlc vapor finish system. The ionbond Nitron is as good as any if not better than most finish's
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The early Nitron was not as good as the newest generation Nitron finish using the Ionbond Dlc vapor finish system. The ionbond Nitron is as good as any if not better than most finish's
I agree. Ionbond/Nitron is very durable.



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