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Old 03-23-2014, 02:31 AM   #11
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I've heard good things about Cerakote. Kind of like

Parkerizing. I would like to see how Cerakote lasts,

in 25 years.
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Old 03-31-2014, 03:33 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Fruecrue View Post
Sorry, not good with pics.
At one time, Wayne Novak, of Novak Sights fame was a Hi-Power lover. He carried one and, more importantly, he collected them. He bought one from an importer that was in business at the time he was working in CA for Armand Swenson. When I needed one for a carry-gun league near Ohio University, Wayne hauled out his personal FM and told me all about it. He said their steel was a little soft for the pounding I put my guns through, but that it would last a few seasons, or a long time if I just wanted to use it as a carry gun. I bought it and used it for several seasons and it worked like a charm. I did, however, modify it some. I had the guys put some Novak sights on it and scrapped the rubber grips for a set of Spegel low profile Delrin grips. The thought of the beating it was going to take led me to take the slide of the FM and use it on my match Browning frame. I knew that frame could take the punishment so I hoped the slide would did! What a sweet little gun! I won that league with the Dectective and still have it today. The low profile Spegel grips make it feel just right for my short-fingered hands. I'll bet you will like your FM! Sounds like a good deal to me!
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:38 AM   #13
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The finish looks like satin nickel to me. These weren't made in stainless.
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interesting slide shape, like a 1911, I've only seen a few cut that way.

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Yeah, FMs pre-1990 were standard Hi Powers but starting 1990 the front of the slide was done like a 1911. Looks good.
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