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New G22 gen 4's still have the gray finish?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by fuzzy03cls, Jul 7, 2012.


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  1. fuzzy03cls

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    I'm looking for a new gen 4 G22. My current one is pretty worn & I want to make it a range training pistol & carry an identical gen 4 G22.
    But the slide finish on mine is the grayish mess that just doesn't hold up well. Mine is well worn & it's only 2.5 years old.

    Is it luck of the draw or? I have seen other gen 4 guns with the black finish. If there's a certain time Glock will be making the black slides I can wait.

    And yes I know all about the finishes, & the coatings & it's just the outside finish, & it's a tool blah blah blah...
     

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    Most of what I have seen recently at my LGS is what I refer to as the newer matte black,tends to have a little texture that in the paint world would be called orange peel texture. That's what I have been seeing as of late. SJ 40
     

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    I agree with you, the gray finish sucks a big one, imo...
     
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    I too prefer the black finish over the grey. My new Gen 4 G19 has the black but my Gen 3 G19 has the grey and does tend to show wear easily.
     
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    care to share any pictures of what the new gray finish looks like when its well worn?
     
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    From what I understand (someone correct me if I'm wrong), the shinny black finish is cause by Tenifer, while the matte grey finish is cause by nitration. GLOCK no longer makes guns with Tenifer, so new guns should all be grey. You can still find the older ones, but they will become harder over time (especially finding them new in box).
     
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    I believe you are correct. One of the nasty byproducts of the old tenifer process was cyanide gas. Hense its demise.

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    The Tenifer or any other form of nitrocarburizing is a case hardening process that does not give the slide its black or grey finish.

    Glock still uses nitrocarburizing case hardening, just not by way of the earlier Tenifer process, that indeed involved cyanates.

    The finish, whether its black or grey, is a completely separate step.
     
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    That is correct,posts 6&7 are not. Tenifer is absolutely not the exterior finish ,in either color or texture. SJ 40
     
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    While the Tenifer and nitration processes are different from the parkerized finish on the outside of the pistols, the color difference is based on the way the different treatments are applied. According to my AC's instructor, the finish isn't actually different; the final color just turns out a different shade based on the treatment used.
     
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    Is there a list of the serial numbers of Glocks with Grey finish?
    I'd like to order a G21 soon and before I get it I want to make sure I get the black finish.
    Did anybody with a grey slide try to send it back to Glock for refinishing?
     
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    this wrong....there are still new shiney black glocks out there as well as dull grey and dull black ones....glock is not that concerned with the exterior finish on their pistols...they never have been
     
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    They should be. I am.

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    Yeah's there no way to know what finish will be on the gun until you look at one. Sorry.
     
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    Too bad, I got stuck with a G21 that I had to buy once it came. I had to sell it right away because I couldn't stand the way it looked.
    I was hoping to get another to replace the first.
     
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    My G17G4 has a shiny black finish. But the only gray finish I own is my G31G3 that I picked up a year a go:
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    I have a Gen 3 G23 with the dull gray finish, which I'm not crazy about. I'm going to have the slide Duracoated in #5 Semi-Gloss Black in the very near future. That should turn out to be a nice slick looking finish. The shiny smooth surface on my Gen 3 G27 is much better, IMHO.
     
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    How about sending it back to Glock to have it refinished. I regret I didn't try that.
     
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    ^^ What sort of finish would the put on it? Another dull gray? Dull black? Shiny black?
     
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    I would expect the current finish that replaced the hated grey.
    I believe that Glock has a refinishing service for guns with worn out finish.