I just talked to Larry at Para Ordnance about this, and he said that the slide SHOULD be carbon steel. He thinks that there were a few prototypes that may have been released to market with S/S coated slides.Originally posted by shane45-1911:
I'll see what I can dig up....
Thanks for confirming what I suspected, and what Para confirmed as well. It is a electro-static applied powder coating that was never meant to be sold commercially. Nice to have a fellow Para man on board - especially from Canada!Originally posted by Newton:
A duo-tone P13 is a rare bird indeed!!!! If the one you have was actually factory assembled, and not reassembled by a distributer to make it a duo-tone...it is especially rare!!! It's a keeper for sure. As for the finish, it is Electo-static applied powder paint, and has been double baked for durability. (Standard "Black" finish on Para Slides) Hope it shoots as sweet as it sounds!!!
No, the common finish is a black "bluing". The coating was only tried on a few prototypes (some of which obviously made it to market) and that was the end of it. I do have both a "blued" and a S/S Para. I found that Paras bluing held up just as well as any other I've see, and mine gets a fair amount of holster usage. I went to the stainless simply because I'm a sucker for the bright shiny things.Originally posted by Nathan:
Are all Para Ordnance guns except S/S coated with some double baked powder coating. If so how does it wear and protect the carbon steel parts? Does it compare to like a Black-T finish?