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Old 04-21-2011, 06:50 AM   #1
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Stainless VS Blued carbon steel

I couldn't find much on this question so I dropped it here. I'm looking at SA 1911 pistols and most of the loaded lineup is stainless steel. How big of a difference in longevity and wear is there between SS slides and frames VS blued carbon steel slides and frames? I know, stupid noob question, but I'm getting cured off the Beretta...
 
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:27 PM   #2
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My personal experience from totin' a 1911 since 1968 is if your intent is to target shoot with the weapon, there will be little difference. You will carry it to the range in a case, and wipe it down and return it to it's case when done shooting. You might incur some small handling marks. If you are going to carry the weapon in a holster, or your waistband (Mexican carry) there will be a significant amount of wear to the finish of your blued weapon that will not be present on a stainless one. My personal preference is a full stainless (both slide and frame) weapon, for durability of finish and ease of maintenance. Also a stainless weapon can be polished to a chrome like finish, if you like that look.......
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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It seems the only SA 1911s I like are in stainless, but I've always been told that stainless is a softer metal than carbon steel, looking for more educated opinions than mine. Thanks for the reply!
 
 
Old 04-22-2011, 02:59 AM   #4
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I've always been told that stainless is a softer metal than carbon steel,
That may be true BUT I doubt you will wear a stainless 1911 out in a lifetime. One of our metallurgists will enlighten us, I'm sure........

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Old 04-22-2011, 03:58 AM   #5
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Thanks for clearing it up some! Now flipping a coin for 9mm or .45 ACP...
 
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.45ACP ! ! ! The real deal--that's what it was designed to shoot by John Moses Browning. Don't DESECRATE a 1911 by buying it in 9mm. Even in the current military, despite the 9mm Beretta being the issue sidearm, elite units who have a choice arm themselves with .45 ACP weapons. If you want a 9mm, buy something else. A 9mm 1911 isn't worth much at resale time either..........
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:44 AM   #7
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From my LIMITED LAYMANS perspective, I've been told modern stainless is fine. No practical difference in usage. That said, in my daily use as a cop and off duty I would go stainless if I had a choice. More protection against elements, can hand polish out scratches yourself without needing refinishing, can add mods like checkering, front slide strips etc without refinishing costs either.
 
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Stainless .45. I love S.A.'s stainless guns. They have a good polish to the flats, and are matted where they need it to reduce glare. I surely agree with the guys about the ease of polishing and fixin' little blemishes. Too, the thing about wearing out quicker. I don't think 99% of us could shoot enuff to wear one out, and for those of us that might, we'd just use it as an excuse to cop another.
 
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Thanks for all the replies! Any recommendations for a specific model? I definitely want the adjustable rear sight. I'm down to the Loaded and Range Officer.

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Stainless slide on stainless frame: be sure to keep it lubed. Have actually seen some gall.
 
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