Finish Wear

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    Finish Wear

    I have had my Kimber Tactical Pro for about 14 months or so. I carry it in one of 2 kydex holsters (both from Comptac). I have significant wear on the finish, down to the bare metal (aluminum I believe) on the frame. There is some wear on the slide as well, mainly on the top of the slide along the sight chanel of the holster. I spoke to one of the gunsmiths at a local shop about the bare metal and he indicated it wasn't a big deal.

    I really like the kydex holsters, they are very comfortable and very fast. I have ordered new leather holsters (IWB from UBG Holsters & a OWB from Brigade Gunleather).

    So what do you folks recommend concerning the wear on the finish? Is it no big deal or should I have it refinished?

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    With a carry gun, finish wear is something we live with.
    I also like Kydex, but leather will wear the finish also, just not as fast.
    I tend to agree with your Gunsmith.
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    Someone once said that you should take your carry gun and toss it along a gravel parking lot as soon as you buy it so that you won't worry about the finish wear. (DO NOT DO THIS, it's only figurative speak)

    In other words it happens, not much you can do about it, some finishes are tougher than others and hold up against wear better than others, but over enough time you'll still get wear no matter what.

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    Someone also once said wear gives them character. I tend to agree. Good thing JD pointed out the gravel parking lot is a 'no-go', I was looking for something to do today. :)

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    I wouldn't worry about it either - just consider it sort of like a good pair of worn jeans.
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    This might be why I don't have a $3000 Les Baer.








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    Quote Originally Posted by walvord View Post
    I wouldn't worry about it either - just consider it sort of like a good pair of worn jeans.
    I agree! I think finish wear just shows you that you have been carrying for a while and makes you appreciate the decision you've made to carry and refuse to be the victim of BG's out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbiker View Post
    This might be why I don't have a $3000 Les Baer.

    or it could be that my wife won't let me spend that much on a gun

    But my Les Baer still looks dang sexy even with the wear.

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    The stainless para I had looks like the quintessential BBQ gun, which always made me worry some on the wear, etc. myself....
    " Refuse to be a victim, make sure there is a round chambered ! "

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    A little wear is nothing to worry about or be ashamed of............

    It will happen sooner or later.

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    This is true...but it sure bothered the heck outta me !
    " Refuse to be a victim, make sure there is a round chambered ! "

    Just call me a pessimistic optimist !

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    I have one of the first made Charter Arms 44 Bulldogs that is almost pure bare metal.thing still goes bang when I pull the trigger,thats all that matters.don't think I've ever worried about finish on a carry gun.when I want to dress up,I do have my BBQ gun I can strap on. jwr

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    Quote Originally Posted by kahrcarrier View Post
    A little wear is nothing to worry about or be ashamed of............
    In a gun fight I'd rather have a buddy who's gun looks highly worn than one who's gun looked new. Simply put 9/10 a guy with a used gun knows how to use it.

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    "Someone once said that you should take your carry gun and toss it along a gravel parking lot as soon as you buy it so that you won't worry about the finish wear."

    That's right. Any time we buy a new car I always put a big long scratch down the side of it with an ice pick as soon as we get it home.

    OK Back On Topic QK.

    Brownell's sells an Aluminum Black solution for "touch up" on Alloy frames. It's not expensive at all.
    You just apply it to your wear spots with a Q-Tip (I Think) and it oxidizes the metal to Black.
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    I carry a Glock.....It's ugly to start with so a little wear does't hurt a thing.

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