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I am looking at a Sig Elite for carry and wanted to know how the finishes held up to wear and tear. I am trying to decide between the elite with the blue/black nitron finish and the stainless finish, or combination of the two. Does the blue finish wear through after awhile on carry, and is the stainless prone to scratches?
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I have a Sig P229 with black nitron finish over a stainless steel slide and aluminum frame. The gun is about 10 years old and I have shot it quite a bit but don't carry it. The nitron has worn off slightly on some of the corners of the slide and you can see the light colored stainless peeking through. But it does not have any visible scratches. I have been pretty happy with the finish on this gun, and think it still looks good.
My Nitron finished 228 has seen some serious use in the 5 years I've had it. Around 10,000 rounds, probably 1,000+ presentationd from the holster, daily carry in some not so nice places, etc.
The only exterior wear on the slide is holster wear on the let side, near the front sight. There is an approx. 1/8" x 1/2" area where the finish has mostly worn away on the upper portion, and a smaller worn area just below. Keep in mind that I draw a lot more then most folks, as my agency's qualification course is all run from concealment and we do tons and tons of presentations.
Other then that, there are a few VERY small scratches on the trigger guard, and the mag well has been chewed up a little by hundreds of rapid mag changes.
All in all, I am extremely satisfied with the way the exterior has held up. Also, in all that time, I have never experienced one failure of any kind, ever, which is much more important, IMO!
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I carry my 229 everyday for work and the finish is worn quite a bit on the slide. I've only had it for 10 months now.
Nitron wears and stainless scratches. Nothing new there
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