+1 It is all that it is cracked up to be and then some.Black T is the way to go, but go directly through Birdsong and Assoc. instead of Springfield. It's much cheaper that way.
The finish absolutely won't rust and it's self lubricating. It's so good the navy uses it on ship parts.
Welcome to the forum JayEndo.
If you're talking an XD pistol, it depends on what color slide you want to end up with.
I'd do nickel or hard chrome if you want it silver..
I'd say ion-bond or black T if you want it black.
I'd say let SACS do it if you want to retain your warranty.
I'm going to have my EMP frame and parts hard chromed by the SACS.
I'm leaving the slide as is.
I'd almost rather have someone else do it, but I want to retain the SA warranty.
I'm also going to have them round the grip butt (like I did on my Kimber CDP Ultra).
Also going to have them undercut the trigger guard for a higher grip on the EMP.
And while we are talking about finishes, I'm also sending SACS my RIA Tactical to refinish in matte black Armory Kote.
I sent them an email asking if they did other manufacturer's firearms and they said 'yes'.
So off all this goes in the next week or two...
This is a link to the SACS pdf custom worksheet price list and what they do.
Just click on the custom worksheet for 1911 or XD/Xm link to download the pdf.
I had an XD9sc done (by someone else) in hard chrome and it was perfect..
But I did sell it anyway..