I'm wondering how durable the black finish on the slide is? Does anyone have any experience carrying this around for awhile, doing some drawing, holstering, etc? Does the finish show wear easily or is it pretty durable?
The surface of the stainless steel is very, very hard; but the black coating will wear off. I haven't done any heavy holstering yet, but my finish is holding up well. I have some very light holster wear on a few edges. I just bought a competition rig, so I will be doing a lot of holstering now. From my experience with Glock finish, the M&P finish seems to be wearing about the same. Hopefully someone that has done a lot of holstering will chime in.
This is why I like the stainless guns. No finish wear. But, with the M&P, you don't have that option. So, there is always DURACOAT. You can do it yourself with their all in one kit that includes the air-brush. Don't have to paint on a color either, just clear it with flat or glossy clear coat. That stuff is tough. Looks good too. A lot of XD owners have been doing it to their worn 9mm and .40S&W that are pre-melonite. Check it out:
Well, it may be a tool, but I don't throw my other tools on the pavement just because they are tools! I don't abuse something because it's a "tool." There's nothing wrong with trying to take care of your tools, and also caring about what they look like. I like to keep mine looking good as long as I can.
But you have to be realistic, I guess. It's only the first couple scratches that hurt!
Man I don't want to admit this but: Its hard for me to buy an ugly gun. I mean, really, truly, honestly, if M&P's didn't exist I'd own a Glock, but I am SO happy M&P's exist because not only are they great pistols, they are gorgeous!
I love all their improved features and better ergonomics compared to other handguns, but they are flat out sexy too...and that seems to always make the 550 dollar pill easier to swallow. I don't know about the rest of you but when I see something LOOKING beat up I get a consensus that its been abused or neglected, I rarely feel that way in the inverse scenario.
I hear stories of guys dropping their pistols, having them slide across asphalt and they scoop them up embarrassed. If that was me I'd honestly freak out and scoop it up and examine it, regardless of shocked onlookers. Just thinking about it makes me cringe.
Honest to goodness holster wear is about the only acceptable wear in my opinion. These are handguns we are talking about, they aren't used as impact weapons and they aren't slammed against the ground during IMT'ing. Its not like a rifle, that smacks against rocks and trees while weaving through the woods. They are holstered or in the hand, either way mostly protected from the world especially if your conscious about your weapon.
I understand its a tool but honestly if a pistols got more then just holster wear marks, wouldn't that be an indication of carelessness?
Guess it should come as no suprise that one of the next pistols I'd like to get is a P229 SAS in .40S&W :wink:
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