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Old 08-24-2014, 19:56   #1
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Why polish the barrel?

I see a lot of people polish their barrels, is there a practical reason for doing so?
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Old 08-24-2014, 19:57   #2
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Nope, just cosmetic.
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Old 08-24-2014, 20:32   #3
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To increase the chance of rust????
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Old 08-24-2014, 21:30   #4
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I polish the feed ramp on my Glock barrel, but that is it. By polish I mean with Flitz and elbow grease, not with a dremel.
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Old 08-24-2014, 21:40   #5
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Had to polish my barrel...

All that *black* was creating a vortex!

And... I like 2 tone
And... It's easier to ID if lost or stolen
And... I was bored.

Looks cool!
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Old 08-24-2014, 21:42   #6
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I think for many that do it, its just something they can do. Relatively few gun owners can actually knowledgably modify the functionality of the firearm.
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Old 08-24-2014, 21:48   #7
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To increase the chance of rust????
No. Doesn't happen. Been discussed here and disproven more times than I can count.

One could call it, an old wives tale...
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Old 08-24-2014, 22:03   #8
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Old 08-24-2014, 22:08   #9
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I did mine because the conversion barrel from STORM LAKE was polished and I wanted that look. I also did the outside of the ejector....
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Old 08-24-2014, 22:15   #10
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I would like to with my 19 and possibly my 26 (when I get it) but I am a little nervous. I may just buy a couple KKM barrels instead. I know KKMs are good barrels, but I'm not doing it for better barrels, I just think it looks cool. And ultimately, isn't looking cool what it's all about?
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Old 08-24-2014, 22:16   #11
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Some Glock owners like the "look." That is the only "benefit" in my opinion. The only "upgrade" I feel is necessary, is sights.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:46   #12
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No. Doesn't happen. Been discussed here and disproven more times than I can count.

One could call it, an old wives tale...
I've had two Glocks rust without even touching the finish so I'll stand by my 'tongue and cheek' response as a very slight possiblity...as remote as it may be.
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:25   #13
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I've had two Glocks rust without even touching the finish so I'll stand by my 'tongue and cheek' response as a very slight possiblity...as remote as it may be.
Yes, Glocks can rust... I didn't say they couldn't.... What I said is, polishing the barrel will not increase the chance of rusting, being that the finish goes microns deep in the metal.

Again, the myth that polishing the barrel or slide on a glock increases he chance of rust, is simply wrong and has been disproven here many, many times...



On a side note, you may want to look into a better rust protectant or wipe yours down more, if you've had 2 Glocks rust. While they can rust, it's not easy...
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:28   #14
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Strictly for looks. Doesn't help anything. Doesn't increase the chance of corrosion either.
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On a side note, you may want to look into a better rust protectant or wipe yours down more, if you've had 2 Glocks rust. While they can rust, it's not easy...
I've owned well over 100 Glocks and had two rust so pretty much considered it an anomaly. CCR took care of them. I guess I should wipe them down but I haven't in 20 years and probably won't start any time soon. For the record, I've never had the barrel rust (even on a used one that the owner polished.)
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:34   #16
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One of the range officers at our LGS polished the barrel of his G17. I'll have to admit it looked very nice, but it just isn't for me. I'm OCD enough without having to worry about finger prints all the time
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:54   #17
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Better to go with the NIB-X coating, the coated parts are very easy to clean and it looks like matte stainless.
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Old 08-25-2014, 13:34   #18
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Strictly for looks. Doesn't help anything. Doesn't increase the chance of corrosion either.
I've polished my fair share of Glock barrels, along with the Wolff steel (uncaptured) guide rods...with looks being my primary motivation, another cool feature, is the steel becomes VERY smooth. I notice that cleaning is much easier...due to the carbon not adhering to the barrel/guide rod as well and it just overall feels and sounds smoother as you rack the slide...its got to do a little something for smoother functionality...??
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Old 08-25-2014, 20:22   #19
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I've polished my fair share of Glock barrels, along with the Wolff steel (uncaptured) guide rods...with looks being my primary motivation, another cool feature, is the steel becomes VERY smooth. I notice that cleaning is much easier...due to the carbon not adhering to the barrel/guide rod as well and it just overall feels and sounds smoother as you rack the slide...its got to do a little something for smoother functionality...??
I agree, there is increased benefit in ease of cleaning.
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Old 08-25-2014, 21:18   #20
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Yeah, its just for looks.

Personally, I prefer my Glocks all black. I'm not one for colored frames, cerakoted slides, polished barrels, etc...
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