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Old 07-23-2012, 01:10 AM   #11
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ive been carrying my xdm compact 45 all summer and been sweating on it quite a bit in the extreme heat for wisconsin. i havent done anything to protect the exterior ive only wiped down the frame and slide rails barrel and recoil spring to keep the dust out. i havent touched the exterior with oil and no rust. the standard black xdm finish is pretty durable so far
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:21 AM   #12
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I'm hard on pretty much everything so it's stainless for me when given a choice!
If it is meant to run I expect it to run if it is supposed to be a protective finish I expect it to protect!
So far stainless has not let me down.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:59 PM   #13
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I had the opportunity to buy the bi-tone version of the XDs about 3 wks ago & I passed. Just want the all black for no particular reason. Still waiting for it to arrive though, LOL. One thing did come to mind- magnetic. If one wanted to hold the gun (desk, car, bed side, etc.) in a magnetic mount, that would rule out SS polymer framed guns.
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I guess once upon a time the concern with stainless steels used to be the potential for galling such was the case with some of the AMT Hardballers back in the 80's. But you really don't hear much about galling issues anymore with more modern heat treating and fabrication techniques.
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