Springfield Armory XD Slide Materials

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    Springfield Armory XD Slide Materials

    I was wondering what they use to make the XD slides for the black and bi-tone models. Is the bi-tone slide plated or is it a different material altogether?

    Also, anyone know if the bi-tone XD45 slides are also Mellonite?

    Thinking of getting the XD45 and I like the bi-tone... also hear that the Mellonite slide is really nice.

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    Regular xd's are steel the stainless used to be plated i don't know if that is how it is anymore

    as for xd 45 no clue

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    The XD .45 standard is mellonite, dont know about the bi-tone. However, the mellonite is much better than the previous finishes IMHO.

    If the xd .45 bitone has the same stuff that is on my XD .40 bi-tone, then I wouldnt have a problem with it, as that pistol still looks like it came out of the box, despite being carried a year.
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    Sounds like the bi-tone on the older XDs do help a lot. Been reading the same thing you mentioned in other forums too. Maybe I'll go with the black XD45acp for the home for now and get a bi-tone XD9sc for carry next year when I move out of Cali and into a 'shall issue' state. Who knows, maybe they'll come out with an XD45sc soon even tho they say they're not planning on it right now. (In .45 acp, i have a Glock 36 right now, but it doesn't like me so i'm gonna sell it.) decisions decisions...

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    I highly reccomend the XD45. I shot a tactical firearms intermediate course with it last spring, about 2 weeks after I bought it, and it ran absolutely amazing. Several instructors even got their hands on it and ran some of the course with it, all were impressed with the croatian warhorse.
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    Hey folks, got a reply from springfield customer service. fyi, my email:

    "I'm considering the XD45 in bi-tone, but I wanted to know if the bi-tone slide is also Melonite. Is it coated? Is it more or less rust resistant than the black XD45 slide?"

    The reply:

    "The BiTone has a stainless steel slide."

    i guess either way, the XD 45 should be good. hoping to find a range that rents out the XD45acp Service and Tactical to compare. right now i'm leaning towards the Tactical for home defense.

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    Mellonite is a surface protective chemical process like Tennifer.

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