Originally Posted by Ibmikey
I accept your comments and acknowledge that I do not wish to transform the AR world to follow my desires to try something new, actually I tend to be obsessive at times. My concerns were about the statement liking ni boron or nitride to paint which " just ain't so". I see major manufacturers using the coatings on parts in top tier rifles so I guess it is not all bad (or good). I have a pile of rifles that have survived many years and rounds with phosphate coatings however sometimes change is good (the AR was radical in it's introduction).
For a few years, some companies have put various forms of nickel on their BCG's, from a silicone nickel compound to teflon nickel to electroplated nickel to nickel boron. The promise has been of a bolt carrier group that needs no lube or cleaning, and so far they have come up short. POF has been making the claim their AR's don't need lube or cleaning of gunpowder residue for years. I haven't heard a whole lot of complaints from their customers, so evidently they are doing something right, but I don't think the coating is the whole story. I believe NiB is progress, but I don't think it is worth more than a few bucks more than phosphate. I have put a few rounds through my NiB carrier, and it is easier to clean, and seems to operate a little smoother, but I wouldn't pay more than 20 bucks extra for it.