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Robar NP3

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I want to pick up a 43 but really don't want the gen4 finish. Don't know if it's too early to tell if the gen5 finish is any good and who knows when Glock will put it on the 43. Im considering Robars NP3 finish. I will carry the gun every day and I'm wondering if anyone has put it to the test. Does it wear? Does it flake, peel,scratch or is there anything bad about it? Has anyone dealt with their customer service?
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Between this thread, https://www.glocktalk.com/threads/glock-says-no-to-dlnc-g43.1688058/ and https://www.glocktalk.com/threads/holding-out-on-the-43.1686083/ it's obvious that you're interested in a Glock 43, but don't want the current finish.

Out of curiosity, why the concern about the finish on the Glock 43?
Is there something that I don't know?
Has something changed in the finish of the newer (or US made) 43s?

The finish on my ~05/2016 Austrian Glock 43 isn't the "frying pan" finish of some of my Gen 3 Glocks, but even riding in Kydex, it isn't wearing anything like my late 2012 19.4 or 26.4 have either. I see little to no wear on my 43, while the "high points" of the slide of my 19.4 & 26.4 turned silver & shiny from holster wear almost immediately.
 

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Your 19.4 and 26.4 have the same finish as your 43. The old gen2 and gen3 finishes were tough. The gen4 finish is usually all scarfed up, out of the box. Not a fan
Kind of an absolute statement, I have various Gen 3 & 4 pistols with different finishes both "frying pan" and the newer less durable "gray" finish. I also have earlier Gen 2 and 2.5 models that show significant wear to the "parkerized" looking finish. Even so, in all cases the metal underneath has been fine, it is my understanding that it is due to the ferritic nitrocarburizing (Tenifer/Melonite) treatment underneath the finish.

The late 2012 19.4 & 26.4 pistols mentioned in my previous post do seem exceptionally delicate, and maybe it is just my imagination that my 2016 G43 shows little to no wear after ~1.5 years of use, while they started to show wear in mere months. Then again, it is also possible that somewhere along the way Glock tuned the finish or changed suppliers, and it is actually wearing better.

I will agree that the "frying pan" finish is my favorite Glock finish, and it does seem to show little to no wear over a very long time.

I guess I've just been lucky, as I don't recall any of my "post frying pan" & "pre nDLC" Glocks being "all scarfed up" right out of the box.

My only experience with NP3/NP3+ is on an older HK P7. I don't know that I'd consider it super durable, but it seems about as durable as any other electroless nickel finish, with a slicker feel to it. It's OK, but I'm not wild about it, as I tend to prefer black/grey over "white" guns.

Since you seem to want to refinish a G-43 before it shows any wear, and you seem to be interested in the Gen 5 nDLC, have you considered ION bond DLC?
 
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