small crack

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by herbertj, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. herbertj

    herbertj New Member

    75
    Feb 1, 2009
    after a visit to the rangr while cleaning my p3at i found a small crack on the left side of the frame rail. i thought it was a tiny burr i could feel . used 600 grit to smooth it out . no good. it appears to be a smoll crack . it looks like a small hole but after using visual aids to wit magnifing glass i think it is a crack. any body else have the thing and should i send it in or is it no big deal. sorry no pictures .
     
  2. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    Texas
    Is it in the rail of the aluminum frame or the slide?  Are you certain it is not just in the surface (anodizing)?  How long is it?  What thickness?  A good pic would be very helpful.  If it is tiny and doesn't increase, it is probably not an emergency.  Just keep an eye on it and see if it gets worse.  At some point, you may have to send it back but that depends on how serious it is and whether or not it gets worse. I assume the gun ran fine?  With no pic that is very difficult to judge.
     

  3. herbertj

    herbertj New Member

    75
    Feb 1, 2009
    it is on the alunimum frame not the slidei have had this gun about 3 years and it was not there before. i can feel it with my finger nail . it is very small looks like a very tiny black dot on the frame, but with close inspection it appears about 64th of inch long.
     
  4. herbertj

    herbertj New Member

    75
    Feb 1, 2009
    my error this is a straight cut about 16th of inch long. looks like a cut not a crack. realy could not see it until frame wear started to show bare metal. will keep eye on it scince i dont think it is a crack will not send it in. never noticed it before but it must have come from the factory that way.
     
  5. TxCajun

    TxCajun Administrator Staff Member Supporter

    Sep 7, 2004
    Texas
    It doesn't sound like a problem and it may have developed over time. Generally speaking, you do not want to file or sand on the aluminum frame rails as it will remove the anodizing. However, when that is already worn, it can be ok to smooth burrs and rough spots very carefully with some 400 - 800 grit. However, at this point, it doesn't sound like you need to, since the blemish is so small. Just keep an eye on it. It is probably a non-issue in terms of function.