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Durkin Tactical Franklin Armory
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Posted: 8/20/2017 6:06:35 PM EDT
For longevity and ease of cleaning, why don't more M1911 (custom and mass production) manufacturers salt bath nitride (melonite or Isonite) their slides and receivers like Glock does will all of its hanguns?  Is there something about the battering nature of M1911 function that renders inappropriate 62-65 Rockwell C-scale hardness scores?  Is softer (less surface hardened) steel really necessary in a M1911? - C. Smock
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 6:13:27 PM EDT
Ruger is doing some slides frames i'm sure some others are available.

Barrels meh they last a long time in 45 it probably isn't cost / benefit effective.
Link Posted: 8/20/2017 6:29:53 PM EDT
Low pressure pistol round barrels essentially never wear out so there's no technical/economic reason to nitride them.
Link Posted: 8/21/2017 9:16:56 AM EDT
One of my 2011s is melonited.  It hasn't battered itself to death or had any other ill effects.
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 2:19:21 PM EDT
Not really necessary. But I've had several barrels done with QPQ. 
Link Posted: 8/22/2017 3:33:18 PM EDT
Bear Creek arsenal sells nitride 1911 barrels.
I like nitride mostly for corrosion resistance.
ETA: I bet it makes it harder to fit the barrel. I've never cut, filed or drilled on nitrided metal, but I hear it's very hard.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 12:05:35 PM EDT
I'm just as happy that they don't, as many barrels need finish reaming.
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