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Kydex & Holster wear

This is a discussion on Kydex & Holster wear within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Cthulhu The only reason I'd possibly be worried about holster wear on a Park'd or blued finish is climate. In FL, I'd ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu View Post
    The only reason I'd possibly be worried about holster wear on a Park'd or blued finish is climate. In FL, I'd be worried about the humidity, sweat, and proximity to sea air causing rust on exposed steel. Then again, if you clean your guns properly, rust will be a small concern.

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    Actually parkerized guns hold up well if they are treated properly, i.e. oiled. Blued guns....blueing is not a protective coating.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbiker View Post
    Actually parkerized guns hold up well if they are treated properly, i.e. oiled. Blued guns....blueing is not a protective coating.
    Yep, that's why the military likes parkerizing so much, it holds oil.

    A parked gun and an oily rag are a recipie for long term protection..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtbiker View Post
    Actually parkerized guns hold up well if they are treated properly, i.e. oiled. Blued guns....blueing is not a protective coating.
    I should have said "cleaned and MAINTAINED" properly. And yes, a Park'd gun will hold up well if treated properly, but if some of the finish is worn away, then the exposed metal will have none of the Park'd surface to hold oil to protect it.

    I'm not worried, as my slide is stainless, and my frame is glass-filled nylon

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    Wear adds character.
    There was a pic out here somewhere that was of an old Texas Rangers 1911.He wore it his whole career (or that idea) worn ..it sure was, but it was beautiful!
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    This is mine. That is yours.

    Lets keep it that way.

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    "Finish wear equals character times experience squared." -A.Einstein

    My first custom 1911 was built by Les Baer and has a blued finish. Three days after I got it, it was laying on the bed, waiting to go back in the range bag. My dog jumped up on and was playing on the bed and put a nice scratch in the rear of the slide with a toe nail. The dog was lucky the gun wasn't loaded, because in that moment, I was mortified! Fast forward to 2008. The gun now has tens of thousands of rounds through the pipe. It has been carried in leather and kydex almost daily for years. The original bluing is about 70% intact and it even has a little oxidation over the part of the frame where my support hand thumb rides.

    Occasionally, I consider having it refinished, but the thought of losing all those memories and that proud look from all the hard work we have done together quickly sets me straight.

    I can't help but think that people who are obsessed with the finish on their guns, must also have their plastic surgeon on speed dial.

    To each his own.
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    Ping Ping,
    Amen Brother. Not only did Les Baer refinish my worn in blued TRS, but he returned it with a "Black T" finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by setcapt View Post
    Ping Ping,
    Amen Brother. Not only did Les Baer refinish my worn in blued TRS, but he returned it with a "Black T" finish.
    Funny you mention Black T, since that's the one that tempts me.

    I seriously doubt that it's Black T on your gun, since after the FBI Submission fiasco, Les and Walter don't "play well together."

    But, that's another story...
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    I agree that the ccw finish is the least of my concerns. However, I have constantly carried my Glock in a Blackhawk Serpa and it looks like the day it was bought. I also carry my Glock 19 in a Bluegrass holster and it shows no wear YET. However I have only had it like a month.

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    Ping Ping,
    Let me say its a "Black T" like finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by setcapt View Post
    Ping Ping,
    Let me say its a "Black T" like finish.
    That's kinda what I figured. In all likelyhood, it's probably Bear Coat from Rocky Mountain Arms. Also a very nice process and wears little harder than Black T, at about twice the price. I have the latest generation on another gun and like it very much.

    LOL, poor Les, gave you a $300 finish you didn't want. I'm sure he meant well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FearSheeple View Post
    I just purchased a SIG 229, and am also going to be buying a G23 for my EDC. I am still shopping for a holster, and really like the flexibility of the MTAC, and also like the crossbreed.

    However I'm concerned with how the Kydex material will wear on my firearm being an EDC. I'd like to minimalize the markings on the firearm from carrying, and feel like leather may 'wear' on the gun better.
    MTAC users I've spoken with report that the leather side causes more wear than the kydex side.

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    I wouldn't worry about wear too much. The only bad thing about Sig's is that the finish wears way to fast. I just got a new 220 Equinox about 6 weeks ago, and the paint has chipped off on one spot, and started to wear on another. When it gets bad enough that rust could cause a problem, i'll just have it re-finished in some new whiz-bang finish.

    Too bad Sig doesn't just use whatever Glock uses, as I have only seen a few Glock's with wear marks.

    BTW does anyone know what Glock does use?

    And can a gun re-finisher do this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryD View Post
    Too bad Sig doesn't just use whatever Glock uses, as I have only seen a few Glock's with wear marks.
    You haven't seen enough Glocks then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryD View Post
    Too bad Sig doesn't just use whatever Glock uses, as I have only seen a few Glock's with wear marks.

    BTW does anyone know what Glock does use?

    And can a gun re-finisher do this?

    Glock uses a Tenifor finish that they claim to be almost as hard as diamond (their claim not mine). My G19 is carried in either a Blackhawk Serpa or a High Noon IWB and shows no signs of wear yet, but it is only a few months old.

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