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Springfield coustom sent me a pricing list of their coustom finishes and I was wondering what are the differences between them. Would I just be better off to get the $90.00 job as I have heard from several that it is good and how does it compare to the others? Also what is the "Blast Blue" and "BlackT" finish? TIA


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Armory Kote, all metal parts of pistol (Matte black or OD green).............................................. $ 90.00

Blast blue, all metal parts of pistol......................................................................................... $ 70.00

Black T, all metal parts of pistol (Matte black or OD green)...................................................... $145.00

Hard chrome, all metal parts of pistol.................................................................................... $145.00

Nickel Teflon, all metal parts of pistol.................................................................................... $175.00
 

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I sent mine in under warranty and they put Armory Kote on it and it only cost $8.00 for S/H if you have any rust at all they will cover it
 

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When I contacted SA about rust on my slide I was given the blast blue option only. They insisted I pony up the extra money for armory kote. Needless to say, I just went with the blast blue finish. Which is the same crapastic finish thats on there to begin with.

If you are sending this in under warranty, argue with them till you finally get the armory kote for nothing extra. If you are just sending it to them because you want a finish done.....forget it. Send it out to Tripp Research and have the thing hard chromed or polymer finish. I say send it to them because they have fantastic turn around time (7 days I believe). APW Cogan does good work too, but you're going to wait a while for them to get it back to you....same with SA.

My gun will be going to Tripp Research soon enough. First its gotta make a stop at Bowie Tactical to have some grip work done. :D
 

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omreb35 said:
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What type of finish do you think would be prudent for an individual desiring low maintenance, great reliability and aesthetically pleasing in a defensive pistol? Blueing, satin finish, stainless steel or an aftermarket product such as provided by places like Gunsite and Thunder Ranch?

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Mr. Nichols:

Bluing is not particularly rust-resistant or maintenance-free. "Satin" finishes such as a bead-blasted blue or some form of Parkarizing may work better simply because the lattice structure holds oil and thus keeps moisture off. Stainless is just that - it "stains less," but it is hardly maintenance free. Hard chrome is better if you like the look of that sort of thing.

The finishes by Wilson, Baer, Gunsite, Thunder Ranch etc. are all the same – they are all basically KG Guncote, which is a DuPont spray-on, bake-on telflon product. Although it is very rust resistant, it is not particularly durable (despite what they say).

I'll cut to the chase and tell you that the best finish to fit your bill is a proprietary finish called Black-T developed and done exclusively by W.E. Birdsong and Associates.

Black-T was developed as a finish for the external mechanical parts of Navy submarines. They needed a finish that would keep rust and corrosion from salt at bay, and did not need lubrication. Soon after they won contracts for submarine parts, it was discovered that it worked extremely well for small arms.

Unlike the DuPont products, it is not merely sprayed on, but actually penetrates the metal. It is therefore slightly more durable than a good bluing job, and much more durable than any of the spray-on bake-on finishes. Once applied, it needs nothing – no lubrication, and no special care. As the metal is completely bonded, it simply cannot rust.

A few things to be aware of with Birdsong: 1) Since he deals almost exclusively with government contracts, it may be a while before you get your gun back. 2) Prices are very reasonable. For as long as I've dealt with the company, the price has been the same - $50 for a handgun, $100 for a long gun. 3) Walter Birdsong is the nicest southern gentleman you'll ever meet. He still answers his own phone. 4) Since he has so much work with government contracts, he doesn't advertise and isn't particularly looking for end-user work, so he's hard to locate. But he is very personable and helpful if you do catch up with him, and I can help you with that: W.E Birdsong & Assoc.,Inc. 1435 Monterey Rd. Florence, MS 39073 601-939-7448.

I hope this helps.



This is what I found on Black-T. Looks awesome.
 

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I would definitely like to know more about this Black-T. For $50, come on. Sounds like hot sex.
 

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OK I have a question:

Springfield Customs advertises Black T as an option for 150 dollars. Does that mean that Springfield also does this job, or do they send it off to the gun Uncle was talking about?

http://www.springfield-armory.com/CS.pdf

*look at the bottom of the document*

more information needed....who else does this lubricating job???
 
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