View Full Version : anyone own the XO Black finish?
2nd March 2007, 14:46
If so, how is the finish holding up??
3rd March 2007, 12:32
I have it on mine; it's holding up superbly, and has a nice element of lubricicity, especially compared to the beadblasted silver XO's that I've handled. I'm not sure exactly what the finish is; SIGARMS coyly refers to it as their "heavy duty" finish. My suspicions are is that it's probably a paint/spray on finish which is subsequently oven-cured, similar to Beretta's Bruniton or the epoxy-over-parkerization finish that FN uses. I doubt if it's anything really high end (or high speed, low drag!) like Roguard or Walt Birdsong's Black-T, given the price point of the XO. More likely, it's probably something out of Brownell's inventory-but I'm speculating. I also don't know if SIGARMS applies it themselves, or if they sub it out to a vendor. Don't be too shocked to find minor cosmetic application flaws in the finish, and/or some cosmetic flaws in the metal-they're cosmetic, not operational, and are probably part and parcel of the XO package; my take on mind is that they're kind of the value leaders for the GSR line, with their minor flaws and less expensive Champion sights. Since I intend for mine to be a heavy duty/heavy use gun in various climates, I think that they're an excellent value. If it's important to have a flawless finish, I'd moved up a grade to the next level of Revolution, with the nitron finish (or matte stainless; while discontinued, the previous XO stainless was a pretty coarse bead-blasting, often with a somewhat uneven mottling effect-again, cosmetic, not operational). I'll venture a guess, and propose that the XO's are cosmetic seconds, where certain flawing precluded them being cost-effectively "repaired"/reworked into the finer-finished higher grade Revolutions. Hey, I love mine-it's a keeper!
3rd March 2007, 12:39
Thanks for the reply. I have an XO and STX. I had been very leary of the SIG 1911 line - but my neighbor bought an XO and I shot it and ummmm. So into the pool I went.
It is a real shooter. It is kinda purty and then again kind of ugly. but is is a shooter.
The STX is very nice. Well balanced - crip trigger - good fit (had to get Sig to replace a barrel bushing and grip saftey) but other than that - very nice blaster.
I too think the SIG is a value priced 1911 - no mim parts - forged slide and frame - etc.
I felt the STX was a better value than the TRP SA for example - for the same price.
I am happy with my choice.
thinking about the XO Black and or the TTT
3rd March 2007, 15:15
the black is Nitron which should make the metal stronger...(infused to the metal like Melonite and Tennifer) and the black finish is separate from the Nitron (I didn't explain myself very well ;( )...Nitron is infused into the metal making it stronger but the black (like in Melonite, Tennifer) is separate...hmmmm have I got that right??? I just had a P225 Nitron'd from SiGARMS...(they send it out) and it looks great...
4th March 2007, 11:10
so the black finish should wear very well. I mean any metal finish will probably scracth - but for normal wear and tear it should hold up well.
Thanks for the feed back.
6th March 2007, 15:43
I have the ss model and it is great, @1200 rds with 2ftf from some old gold dots in the first 50rds. the black finish hold up well i carried a sig 228 in the army for years and during a year in iraq. the finish held up very well in that enviorment with only a little wear on bbl and minimal holster wear that was barely noticable. It is a great finish and if it works in a desert enviorment carried in a thigh holster, it should work well for you
24th March 2007, 00:47
New XO BLACK in the mail to my FFL.
Stay tuned for update. :)
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