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Thread: Are Nickelled Cimarrons vulnerable to flaking?

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    Are Nickelled Cimarrons vulnerable to flaking?

    Hi. I've heard talk that nickelled firearms are vulnerable to flaking. I've asked this on a seperate forum and i'm here for a second opinion. I was thinking of getting a Cimarron 1911 in nickel form, but due to concerns about flaking which could destroy the finish I wasn't sure if it would be a smart buy. Anyone got any thoughts?

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Antique firearms plated iron or steel using techniques which often didn't bond well to those materials.

    Economy priced firearms from that era especially exhibit flaking.

    Higher quality firearms used various techniques to enhance bonding with Colt plating considered some of the best.

    Modern firearms use better techniques. As long as the mfr follows the processes exactly there shouldn't be a problem.

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    So this was a problem mainly with older firearms that are nickel plated. Is that the case?

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    Factory nickel from older high quality firearms held up much better than plating on inexpensive firearms. I wouldn't expect a modern high quality firearm to have an issue, however, any individual pistol may have finish issues if the steel on that particular pistol wasn't prepped correctly.

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