Non office dwelling desk jockies... How's your carry holding up?
I am a field service technician for a concrete paving company. My daily duties involve climbing, crawling in and rolling around in the dirt, wedging myself in confined areas, the occasional hanging upside down, performing contortionist acts that rival some of the Cirque Du Soleil performances that I have seen. To top all of that off, it is all done outside regardless of weather conditions, 60 hours a week.
I carry tucked IWB in a homemade CrossBreed style holster. Every night when I get home (or to the hotel) I remove my gear where the first step is removing the weapon from the holster. Many a time I hear that dreaded sound of sand on metal when I unholster. After 2.5 years my weapon has the bluing gone on the the bottom of the frame, 70% from the front half of the frame and trigger guard, and the slide release and safety are worn at the high spots (note - I carry a Baby Eagle, and have a triangle-ish shaped slide, so the wear is mainly at the slide rails and muzzle).
I do have a few deep scratches and a little pitting on the inboard side from the condensation from the sweat causing a little rust. Never mind the melted spot on the grip from some welding slag and deep scratches on the butt and bottom of the grip from impacts and being laid on.
I love the weapon, I use it for my IDPA shoots, and have never had a problem/malfunction that I did not create. I have more issues with my spare magazine getting dirt in it and binding up the follower causing a fail to feed. I have shot almost every match without pre-cleaning before I go. About the only time I do field strip and clean is after a shoot and on really bad "I got dirt in places on my body I forgot about" days. Otherwise it is a "wipe off the moisture and wipe down the exterior with Gunzilla" on the really hot/wet days.
I am almost embarrassed by the appearance as she definitely looks abused and neglected. I have been meaning to give her a makeover with some duracoat, and put them to the ultimate torture test to see how their finish holds up since they really tout the "WEAR/ABRASION RESISTANT" line.
My holster is on the second shell. The first one broke along the forward bend next to the rivets last year sometime after doing an inframe engine rebuild on a piece of equipment where I spent most of my time laying on my carry side/back with noting to support my torso (half a crunch) while rolling in new bearings and R&R pistons.
How is everyone else's holding up? I'll try to post some pics of mine tonight when I get home.