Stainless steel slides on handguns Quality rating?
Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:23 PM
My question is this: do stainless steel slides scuff or show marks more or easier than the blued steel they use on the black guns? Also, what is your opinion on their other concerns they brought to my attention? Any help would be greatly appreciated
Another question is now I am contemplating a 9mm instead of .40 because 9mm is slightly cheaper and I could get +P or +P+ for self defense if I needed, and it holds more rounds, but it still feels wrong to get a 9mm over a .40.. a .40 just makes you feel.. complete... so, any other additional opinion on this is also greatly appreciated. Thanks guys!
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Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:48 PM
Not a fan of it, but it's your call. Honestly the situations in which you'd need the bigger caliber are NEVER gonna happen, so it's basically a preference on what you like to shoot more.
Posted 20 February 2009 - 05:53 PM
For those reasons, I usually opt for the blued/black gun over the shiny one- but it's really a matter of personal choice. I have a chromed revolver and a stainless one that are both over 40 years old, and they are both in great shape, despite years of wear and tear. I also have a blued Beretta and a Sig that are approaching 20 years of age, and aside from a small scratch or two and some holster wear, they look pretty darn good, and if I chose to, I could easily have them refinished for a reasonable price. So it's really a matter of what you like and how you take care of it.
As for the 9mm/.40 cal debate- it really depends on what you're most comfortable shooting. A good hollowpoint +P round in 9mm is going to have almost the same one-shot stopping power of a .40 round, with about the same recoil (slightly less, though) and muzzle flash. I use CorBon rounds in my 9mm weapons and they have, if memory serves, a 92-93% stopping rate vs. 94-95% for a .40 round. It really comes down to what you are comfortable shooting and training with. Neither round will do the job if you can't put them where you want them, so having more rounds (19 vs. 17) is not a huge advantage, especially if you can't put the first few on target. However, since the .40 round is a bit "snappier" than the 9, and more expensive, especially for ball practice ammo, there is no real huge downside in choosing it over the .40.
As it stands now, I happen to prefer the .40 and .45 rounds for defensive carry, but I would not feel under-gunned with one of my 9mm pistols. If you haven't already, try some range time with guns of both calibers and see which one you can shoot more accurately, comfortably, and consistently. Then make your choice.
Posted 20 February 2009 - 07:15 PM
As for 9mm vs 40cal, it really comes down to personal taste. I had surgery on the nerves in my right arm about 16 months ago and haven't done a lot of shooting since. But the couple of times that I have, I can't handle high round counts of 40cal. My hand goes numb quickly. It's not the recoil that does it, it's the slide movement. Most firearms will have a faster slide velocity in 40cal than in 9mm. That's the snap that you feel with 40cal.
It's all about preference.
Posted 20 February 2009 - 07:28 PM
Although, I do want a navy blue/black P22...
Caliber... Its kinda a tossup, really. Try them both and then decide. Best I can say...
Posted 20 February 2009 - 08:15 PM
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Posted 20 February 2009 - 08:21 PM
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Posted 20 February 2009 - 11:26 PM
Navy guys- what are ya gonna do? Maybe you can get one painted digi-blue to match those spiffy new cammies they're issuing swabbies... just don't drop it in water, or you'll never see it!
Posted 20 February 2009 - 11:30 PM
Posted 20 February 2009 - 11:37 PM
BTW, the Melonite finish on XDs is really durable. One of my shooting buddies has 2 and they have been dropped and banged around quite a bit, and they look pretty good. Glock, Sig, and H&K all have good coatings, but this one seems to be a bit harder to scratch/ding than some.