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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Time to get a hard-chrome or nickel job

...on my KelTec P3AT. Yeah, the grip is plastic. Yeah, the frame is aluminum. But the slide is blued steel and the barrel is just... steel.

In 100-plus temps, living next to my body... it finds itself in a saltwater bath. (Yeah, I know. Ew.)

Things have begun to get to the Brown & Fuzzy stage, despite daily wiping.

How did Sean Connery keep his pistol from rusting in the saline environment of Zardoz? Probably had something to do with his carry rig:

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At Saturday, August 11, 2007 6:36:00 PM, Blogger Babs RN said...

OUCH! MY EYES!! Take that away!

At Saturday, August 11, 2007 7:04:00 PM, Blogger H. Stallard said...

A couple of months back I finally found a Kel Tek P11 9mm.

The size was terrific but the trigger pull at 9 lbs was awful. I had a gunsmith work on it and got it down to around 5 lbs but the release felt like it was 2 inches long and I couldn't keep it in a 12 inch circle at 15 yards so it's on consignment at my local gunshop.

I too had a case of the brown fuzzies despite frequent wipings with Break Free CLP.

At Saturday, August 11, 2007 10:03:00 PM, Blogger Sabra said...

Please tell me your rig looks nothing like that.

At Saturday, August 11, 2007 10:09:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Law said...

Consider sending it to the Robar company to get coated with NP3 or Roguard. I did it with my duty weapon and it looks great.

At Saturday, August 11, 2007 11:40:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Johnny? This is a $250 BUG. I'm just gonna spend $35 to get it chromed or nickeled.

At Saturday, August 11, 2007 11:46:00 PM, Blogger ERnursey said...

That picture is very disturbing.

At Sunday, August 12, 2007 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Tam said...


At Sunday, August 12, 2007 3:06:00 PM, Anonymous Stingray said...

Isn't the, er, salt water corrosion resistance on that Melonite QPQ stuff from Coal Creek supposed to be amazing as well?

Similar problems arise out in the desert, and I don't particularly care for the look of nickle/chrome as much. Granted, it doesn't look like an economical option for a cheap BUG, but for a primary...

At Monday, August 13, 2007 2:06:00 PM, Anonymous KCSteve said...

My P-32 never seems to have these problems and living in the low desert of Arizona for 13 years taught me to sweat professionally, something I realized when I moved back to the hot and humid MidWest.

Of course, mine's always in some sort of impervious holster (DeSantis Nemesis, SmartCarry, etc.) so I'm not actually sweating directly on it.

At Monday, August 13, 2007 2:27:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Steve, mine lives in an Uncle Mike's pocket holster. Part of the problem is that it literally dwells there, and that holster has lately been getting completely saturated with my highly saline sweat. I've been alleviating the problem the past few days by pointedly removing the pistol from the holster every day after I get home. Before, they always were together as a unit.

At Monday, August 13, 2007 2:42:00 PM, Blogger BobG said...

Probably one of the worst movies ever made.

At Monday, August 13, 2007 9:51:00 PM, Blogger knitalot3 said...

OMG! What in the H? is that? That is really awful!!!

At Tuesday, August 14, 2007 1:07:00 PM, Anonymous KCSteve said...


You might check out the DeSantis. It's only about $15 at Cabela's and it's pretty moisture resistant.

Won't help if moisture is working it's way in from the top, but it seems impervious to being pressed against sweat.

At Wednesday, August 15, 2007 6:54:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

I've used the DeSantis.

Understand-- we're talking about putting as much water on it as if you had squirted a very hot steam iron at it for hours... after loading it with rock salt.

At Wednesday, August 15, 2007 12:47:00 PM, Anonymous KCSteve said...


Yep, I sweat like that too.

The difference must be that when I'm using the pocket holster it's not in a 'sweaty' pocket. Generally I use it with a jacket or other 'away' pocket.

When I wear it close to my body it's in the SmartCarry (or ThunderWear - I have both). Those are designed to help keep the gun dry.

It might also be differences in body chemistry. My sweat is deadly to some things - such as jewelry - but doesn't seem to bother my knives at all.

At Tuesday, August 21, 2007 9:48:00 AM, Anonymous IceFire said...

Too bad you didn't get your Kel-Tec P3AT in the hard chrome version like I did...then you wouldn't be having to go back and get it done now. In the meantime, Try the layering technique...Undershirt, then Kel-Tec, then shirt over the top. Not only does it help to provide a "sweat barrier", but the undershirt also helps provide a little cushioning for your body, too, so the holstered gun doesn't rub raw spots on you.


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