Guns with Nickel

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by dslmac2, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. dslmac2

    dslmac2 New Member

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    Hello, I am somewhat new to handguns.
    I have been renting several type at the range. I found one I like and just looked and read that it is nickel and not Stainless Steel. Is nickel ok? Is it easy or hard to take care of? How do you clean nickel?
     
  2. dslmac2

    dslmac2 New Member

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    Nobody has anything to say about a nickel slide? This is the second forum I have ask a serious question about it and nobody touches this question. Must be not-so-good huh?
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    (Burp) Sorry, was wading thru some BBQ, beans and tater salad-:)

    Nickel was sort of the original rust resistant finish. Started catching on about 1880 or so, and continued up to introduction of stainless, when it started going away.

    Nickel is hard, and does not rust. I have a few nickelplated revolvers that are 100 yrs old, and are still in good shape. That was inportant in the days of black powder, and later with corrosive primers.

    Nickel does not need much cleaning, wipe down with solvent and a cloth. SHINY nickel should be avoided on a CCW gun (IMHO). Nothing wrong with nickel- matter of personal taste.
     
  4. dslmac2

    dslmac2 New Member

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    Thanks c3Shooter,
    Yum BBQ sounds good right about now.
    I have been shooting the Walther PK380 at the range. I like it. They sell a black and Nickel slide for that model, so I was just really interested in what people thought about nickel.
     
  5. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Guns made in America come under EPA production rules. The EPA rules that protects shop workers makes it about impossible to use nickle.:confused:
     
  6. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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    IMO Nickel guns are purdy :D

    2 favorites of mine:

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  7. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    One caution about nickle. I think there are a couple of methods for nickle plating steel, but the one I know about uses a copper sub base. So, cleaning solvents which contain ammonia can get to the copper & then the nickle will start flaking off. Hoppes #9 is one such cleaner. Bad thing is, they don't always say what's in them on the container. You have to go to their website & pull up the MSDS.
     
  8. AIKIJUTSU

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    I've had a few nickel-plated guns, still have a S&W Model 58 that is nickeled. They look great when new, and stay that way if well cared for. Cleaning them can destroy the finish, though. Don't use any solvent with ammonia in it. In fact, for cleaning the nickel surfaces, you can do well to just wipe them with a soft cloth dampened with a little water. Just be sure to dry it well. To clean the barrel (and chambers if a revolver), use a solvent that proudly announces on the container that it has no ammonia in it. Don't worry about whether to carry it for self-defense. The dead perp will never file a complaint.
     
  9. trex1310

    trex1310 New Member

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    I wipe down my nickle guns with a soft cloth and a little
    Weapon Shield lubricant. There is nothing wrong with a
    good quality nickle plated firearm.