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tankerman
05-26-2007, 12:57 PM
Anyone get a 1911 done NP3? Any improvement in length of time between necessary lubricating? Can you now get the gun to cycle reliably in a dry or near dry, state? Did you get just the slide and frame done or internals and barrel as well?
Thanks in advance

m1match
05-26-2007, 7:01 PM
My primary carry gun is a Springfield Compact 1911 that is NP3'd inside and out. I use SF-7 grease to lube it, but it will work fine dry also. The NP3 is a very slick surface and very corrosion resistant. I like it.

tankerman
05-26-2007, 10:04 PM
My primary carry gun is a Springfield Compact 1911 that is NP3'd inside and out. I use SF-7 grease to lube it, but it will work fine dry also. The NP3 is a very slick surface and very corrosion resistant. I like it.
Thanks for the info. Does the finish wear off easily?

m1match
05-27-2007, 6:59 AM
In two years of daily holster wear, only the edges of the slide contours have gotten a little shinier. NP3 is an electroless nickel finish with teflon in it. I think it's much more durable than a spray and bake finish.

tankerman
05-27-2007, 9:52 AM
Thank you, that is exactly the information I was looking for. I want to cut down on cycling issues relating to loss of lubrication. I also, wanted make sure that the finish would hold up over time. Excellent info, I thank all of you

randy
05-27-2007, 3:00 PM
The Robar finish is one of the best. Right now the top of the heap of finishes is Ionbond. I don't remember the rockwell hardness # but at the shot show you could try to scratch the gun with a knife, but there weren't any scratches. It also aids in lubricity. If you do your sights with it you won't have to use sight black again. It's also very thin so if you have a tight pistol and want to keep it tight you can have it done and it will still run and not wear. I have a upper done in it the color doesn't match the lower but it's close enough for me.

gunrun45
05-27-2007, 3:28 PM
Ok, where can I get something ionbonded?

Brass Balls
05-27-2007, 4:25 PM
NP3 imo is a great gun finish. It will allow the gun to run dry and it wears well. I also like that even though it is a silver finish it is also matte in appearance. Here's a picture of it next to a hardchromed gun.

http://home.comcast.net/~1911brass/TGO1_UMHC_on_AE.jpg

gmcal
05-27-2007, 10:19 PM
I had my Kimber frame and internals NP3'd and Rogard for my slide. There are a couple of parts which they will not coat but I can't remember what they are, aside from the inside of the barrel. I just finished running over 1k rounds without cleaning or additional lube and function was perfect.

Robar guarantees NP3 and Rogard against corrosion and chipping for life.

http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/1015/p1010029noserialwd4.jpg

cockedlocked01
05-29-2007, 8:36 AM
What's the typical price to rogard/robar/np3 your gun? Who or what company does it? I have a Para LTC (Basically a lightweight commander). Thanks.

zefflyn
05-29-2007, 12:45 PM
If you didn't notice, they have a Memorial Day sale - 10% off one gun refinishing, or 15% off two.

http://www.robarguns.com/specials.htm

I think I just remembered my Hi Power needs some work. :D

choochboost
05-30-2007, 1:06 PM
I had one of my guns done in NP3. I love it. I wouldn't recommend you run your gun dry, but certainly with NP3 the lube is less necessary.

Nra-Life-Member
05-31-2007, 7:45 PM
Anyone know what dealer pricing is on the NP3?