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Old 01-31-2011, 04:46 PM   #21
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Thanks guys. The problem with all the extra safeties is the be allowed into PRK they have to have all that crap. So unfortunately I don't have a choice on that. Also when I researched prices the full stainless gun is actually $100 cheaper. so I went with the HD II.

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Cheaper? Who'da thunk it?

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The only thing I can think of is it's 7 oz heavier, so less desirable as a cc so its cheaper.

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For a long time, I didn't care for stainless guns, preferring the traditional look of blue. However, after having a few of them, I think I prefer the stainless.

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Plus I like that it won't rust, so I don't have to take care of it.


I keed, I keed...lol.

I am actually starting to like them more. I was very partial to blue.

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Plus I like that it won't rust, so I don't have to take care of it.


I keed, I keed...lol.

I am actually starting to like them more. I was very partial to blue.

Actually, it will rust. Not as fast as carbon steel but it will still rust. The stainless used in firearms is a grade that lends itself to machinablity over corrosion resistance. Don't get my wrong, it's far more resistant to corrosion then blue but it still needs a light oiling.

Personally, I love stainless guns and would happily trade my Pro Carry for an HD model any day of the week.
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Lots of great choices here but when I want a pistol I absolutely know I can depend on, I'll reach for my Colt Series '70. After 35 years I still have no reason to doubt it.

Can't say the same for the Star PD I bought in the early '80s, I lost confidence in it after a broken firing pin and the soft alloy frame. The harsh recoil is noticeable and can't be good for the frame. The Star does work after I found a gunsmith who fabricated a firing pin and it is light but Jeff Cooper was right when he summed it up saying "carry a lot, shoot very little". No doubt there are better choices today but I suspect Colonel Cooper's advice still is true of many alloy frame 45s.

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you have to really be sure that the gun maker is using grades of stainless for slide and frame that dont bind when the gun warms up. this can happen with cheap stainless guns. AMT had big issues doing this when they started making their 45 hardballer, 22mag, and 30 carbine pistols. its one of several reasons the company tanked.

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AMT had big issues doing this when they started making their 45 hardballer, 22mag, and 30 carbine pistols. its one of several reasons the company tanked.
Yeah. That was definitely one of the reasons.
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Yeah. That was definitely one of the reasons.
My father has an AMT 380 back up. Is there anything that we should be on the look out for?

AND I bought a new Kimber HDII for $780, now for the CA 10 day wait.
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