I think the hard chrome is worth waiting for. At least for me, the sights on my hard chrome are easier to use than on my blued P-3AT.dmize23235 said:well gang, i just ordered the 380 version in hard chrome today....i am also taking a look at the parkerized version as the chrome one may take a month to get.
thanks for your feedback. ;D
Kel-Tec not only Parkerizes the slide but also the barrel. There are several law in Nature: the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, what goes up will come down and Kel-Tec barrels will drag on the slide-breach-opening showing ugly scrapes (to the bare metal) on the barrel. Go for blued over Parkerized if you can’t get hard chrome.dmize23235 said:.i am also taking a look at the parkerized version as the chrome one may take a month to get. thanks for your feedback. ;D
buy either the hc or the blued version. screw the parked version, they also park the inside of that barrel also and that sucks. It won't looked parked after a short while of owning it, and pocketing it etc. the hc is more durable of all the finishs. many think even a smoother action to..dmize23235 said:well gang, i just ordered the 380 version in hard chrome today....i am also taking a look at the parkerized version as the chrome one may take a month to get.
thanks for your feedback. ;D
Wow! Where do I begin?z71bill said:"Parked barrel also lowers bullet velocity"
Any idea how much power is lost because of the finish?
I know every little thing makes a difference - but is it 2 fps or 50 fps?
I like the look of the plain steel barrel better than the parkerized - I bought the parkerized gun - but if I had it to do over again I would go for the blued.
When I bought mine the blue finish was sort of a washed out gray - really like the new darker color.
Just out of curiousity - what causes the reduction in power?
I can understand the loss in power caused by the slide moving back when you fire a semi auto pistol - compared to firing the same round out of a single shot gun (same barrel length). But if the finish increases friction - slows the slide down - or makes it harder to move in the first place - why wouldn't that increase the power?
My mind does work differently then most! Not the first time I am thinking backwards.
But it seems like if there was no resistance / no friction between the barrel and slide the round would loose power - if there is complete resistance - like a single shot gun held firm by a brick wall - it would increase the power.
After more than 400 rounds, the PF9 parked barrel still loses velocity and penetration compared to the steel P11 barrel. Since the Parkerizing is etched into the metal, I'm not sure it will EVER lose this effect.W said:Parkerizing also wears off of the barrel leaving a nice trapezoidal shiny area on top.
I just go over it occasionally with a sharpie.
How long does it take for the parkerizing to wear out of the inside of the barrel?