What KC gunsmith did you use? I didn't know we had anyone local who did nickel plating. One of my hesitations for getting mine plated has been the idea of sending it to Texas. BTW, that's one nice looking gun. How much did it set you back for the gun and the mags? Inquiring KC minds want to know. ;D
It's a brand new shop... and I don't think its listed yet.
It was 30.00 for the gun... and 10.00 per mag
Charlie, the guy that owns the shop, does the plating... You might wanna ask for him. I have noticed other guys working the counter.
I called ahead and checked when he was gonna do his next batch of nickel and dropped it off on a Saturday afternoon and picked it up the following Monday morning. He only does Kel-Tecs. He also seemed to have alot of Kel-Tecs and Kel-Tec accessories in his shop. Maybe he likes Kel-Tec
Yeah, the magazines can and should be plated at some point, IMO. They seem to slide in and drop free a lot better and the original Black finish starts to wear over time (especially after adding a metal mag release). The overall look is very pleasing to the eyes as well.
I think you could even have the baseplates of the +1 extensions done as well (they are metal), but I liked the Black. If I ever get those done they will be Duracoated along with the grip (GoldenLoki would get the call). This would only happen if I decide against the Black grip as well, so far I like the Black.
Thanks for all the kind words about my little gun... I like it alot, I was hoping you all would too.
The best part is... this gun has been pretty much flawless functioning out of the box(after clean and Lube of course).... I polished the the feedramp for good measure, bought and installed a metal magazine release from DaveNC, slapped some TractionGrips on, and bang-banged through the break-in period without a hiccup. Love it!!! Not my first Kel-Tec won't be my last either.
After such a flawless performance I figured my new little addition deserved a personal touch, So I got the plating. The Original finish probably had a lot of life left, but I'm a sucker for a sexy firearm and I'm fond of nickel.
[highlight]For everyone else that is not lucky enough to live near a Nickel Plating Specialist[/highlight] there is a guy that does alot of nickel work on KTOGer's guns. If you don't mind the wait and the mail system... The price is right and the work is top notch. Here is the Link I have for him: http://www.gunsmith.fuselier.com/slideoffer.html
Not to hijack the thread but . . . . I received a PM from a KTOGer the other day who re-registered under the name snowleopard that was unexpected. This long term KTOGer did so to give me an anonymous gift. He, I assume a he, called C.R. Sales Firearms here in KCMO and paid to have my P3AT and my mag tubes plated. Talk about a pleasant surprise. ;D Why did this KTOGer do this? As a forum member and Mennonite he did so in honor of his late mother because it's her birthday. Since Mennonites teach it is best and proper to give anonymous gifts, he chose to give this gift to me. I took it into Charles Rice's shop on Friday and my wife is going to pick it up on Wednesday after her job interview which is just down the road. Once I get it back, I'll post pics in a new thread.
Since I have been a member of this forum, I have been pleasantly surprised and blessed on more than one occasion. I have been given many things including bullets and primed cases for reloading, grip material, etc. These things have humbled me in many ways. I have been able to do a few things to return these gifts to others in turn. Once Tammy gets a job, I will be able to do more. I have an idea for a give away I want to do on the Trading Post but I have to have funds first. It really is true that KTOG and its members are different from all other forums out there. We may be a little dysfunctional, but we truly are family.