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Old 11-06-2011, 01:36 AM
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best finish to 'slick up' guts of a Hi Power?

I'm doing extensive work to try to make my Hi Power as smooth as possible WITH a mag disconnect still operating properly. So far I think I'm on the right path. After 3 or 4 other variables are done I will have exhausted all I can do.

I have the trigger pull down to 4 lbs 11.5oz, crisp, with smooth take up, but I can still feel the resistance of the mag disconnect on the magazine.

So, once I have finished my work [I don't want it 'lighter', but 'smoother'] I was thinking of having these guts refinished.

That led me to wonder what the 'slickest' AND longest lasting finish was for this type of application on a firearm?

Please drop suggestions below, but explain why: don't just say a name and disappear. Why should I want, for example, NP3+ over CeraKote, or vice-versa? Or any other finishes. Those just popped into my mind.

Thanks.
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Old 11-06-2011, 05:10 AM
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I had much of my custom Caspian's pieces finished with Robar's NP3.

All movements within its system have reduced 'drag' or 'friction' feel.

Same with my hardchromed Witness.....



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Old 11-06-2011, 06:26 AM
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Dumb question but

Have you polished the area on the mag where the disconnect contacts it? Have you polished the foot of the disconnect?

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Old 11-06-2011, 11:16 AM
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My experience with the mag disconnector foot perceptably dragging has mostly to do with the finish in the magazine.

Blued mags always drag and make the takeup feel hitchy, regardless of the finish on the foot. Even oiling them liberally only helps a little. But parked magazines with a little oil on them smooth up very nicely, to the point that there is no hitch at all in the trigger takeup.

I would think NP3, Black T, or any of the other high moly/teflon paint type finishes would slick it up. NP3 would be the slickest and most durable. Just be sure to do the mags also.
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