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Ionbond Wear...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by polizei1, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Alright, how many others have Ionbond? My EMP has finally started to show some wear, mostly holster wear but I've also managed to take some off of my magwell (actually, a lot). The front strap also has a ding in it, I'm assuming from when I let one of my buddies friend shoot it (must have been a ring).

    I was mad a first, but life goes on...I use my pistol, I carry it everyday, and I have almost 1,400 rounds through it since the build. Not the most rounds, but I'm slowly trying to get it up as high as I can. :tongueout:

    I still haven't cleaned it, pictures will come when I finish doing my 1k round "no cleaning" test. I'm just merely curious, as far as I know, the only other person to wear Ionbond/Melonite is Gary. :rofl:
     
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Dang,......I thought is was nearly indestructable.

    Pics?
     


  3. skdmrklcy

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  4. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    I don't have any right now, but I'll post some soon.

    It's not like traditional wear like on a blued 1911, at least not in my case. They appear more as colored scratches and dark spots where it's "rubbed." Kind of hard to explain, I'll have to snap pics.

    And yes, since I've started shooting USPSA, even though I've only shot one match, I've been dryfiring and drawing/reloading a LOT since. This is where 90% of it came from.
     
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  5. Hokie1911

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    Dude, you are waaaaaaaaay overthinking this gun. Hello...it's a carry gun. It's going to show wear...scratches....dinks....etc. If you were so worried about it, maybe a Harrison for EDC was a bad idea and a big waste of money. Maybe you should have it refinished and keep it in the safe. :whistling:
     
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  6. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    I have a way with making any finish show wear, even my Glocks and M&P's :rofl:


    Here's some very little wear around the 2500 round mark. I might just keep this thing and start beat the crap of out it -

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    My NH after 1500...don't have any other pics.
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    Overall, IB is VERY tough, much better than the paint finishes.





    If you're using a kydex holster it is most likely plastic from the holster on your pistol. When I did draws with mine it would look the same. Just take a nylon brush with some CLP and it comes right off.
     
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  7. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    First off, I'm not mad about the finish, I actually love it. The part I was mad about was how my FSC got dinged up. It wasn't from me, lol.

    Here are some pictures...click for hi-res!

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    (This marking must have been kydex, because it rubbed off with oil)

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    (obviously the hammer is going to show wear, but I like the picture)

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  8. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    Couple magwell/FSC pictures which shows the "damage"

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    I'm proud to say I use and carry my gun. Ionbond is an awesome finish, and very durable. I actually took this time to also look inside real quick and re-lube it. As far as I can tell, there still isn't any signs of wear internally. I'm quite impressed with this finish! I don't believe in safe queens, unless they are extremely rare firearms.
     
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  9. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

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    Is it just the pics or is the metal in your magwell deforming? Looks like the aluminum is taking a worse beating than the finish, but I didn't think it was that soft. Could be IB doesn't adhere to aluminum as well as steel?

    Look good either way, nice to see a pistol getting used.
     
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  10. skdmrklcy

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    The 9mm EMP is not a steel frame is it?

    Seems like it is more dings of the aluminum than it is a finish issue.
     
  11. Z28ricer

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    Fixed for you.
     
  12. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    It's aluminum, which I'm assuming is why it "dented" the magwell some in the corners. As for the ding on the FSC, I believe that was from a ring that probably ground down the metal.

    Now if I could only hit my reloads instead of the magwell. :rofl:
     
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  13. Hokie1911

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    The EMP in question is a 9mm, therefore I didn't see the need to elaborate. :tongueout:
     
  14. Z28ricer

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    Yeah but without specifying that, just the plain statement someone after one may be mislead :whistling:

    Still dont see why they didnt make the .40's alloy also, if they were i'd buy one.
     
  15. Hokie1911

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    Sorry. Should have said "his".

    Yeah, I love the 9mm. Don't care for the .40. Sort of negates the benefit of the gun.
     
  16. Z28ricer

    Z28ricer

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    What makes you say that ?
     
  17. Hokie1911

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    The benefits of the EMP are size and weight. If you remove the weight cinsideration, you are left with size. My Kobra Carry easily conceals in a t-shirt and shorts. I'd much rather carry a .45, as I don't see any real benefit to .40 and personally don't care to shoot it. Just my 2¢. YMMV.
     
  18. polizei1

    polizei1 It WAS Quack

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    I agree! If I were to carry a steel 1911, it would be a .45. The only purpose I can think of for .40 is to meet major PF. :rofl:
     
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  19. MD357

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    Oh yeah? Well my CQB in .40 and EMP in .40 can beat up your KC!!!
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    FWIW, the weight of the .40 REALLY soaks up the recoil coupled with that truck spring they put in there. It's honestly a great package should one decide to go with .40. In which I believe .40 is MUCH better suited for shorter barrels than .45 and the finicky history of 3" 1911s has kinda proved that.
     
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