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    Nickel Boron....which parts?

    Hi All,
    I'm planning to take a G17 slide and barrel over to a local spot that does nickel boron plating. I was wondering if there are other parts that would benefit from that plating, and if any of the parts would/could impede function if plated. I figured these questions were for the experts so here's the list in question, thanks in advance for any advice!

    NiB on any of the following parts?:

    - safety plunger (i've noticed polished, stainless ones are sold -claiming smoother function)
    - slide stop lever
    - steel pin set
    - extractor (i'm guessing "no")

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    Why are you doing the plating? Looks?

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    I'm not a fan of the quality of the current finish and I have a cop friend who swears by NiB as far as the cleaning goes. They offer black or matte silver so looks-wise it could go either way. The slide stop lever was the only part I thought would need to be done (using the same tone as what goes on the slide) with regard to looks.

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    Glock's protective features are actually in the metal hardening process and not the finish on the gun. So the technical answer to your question is there aren't any parts that "benefit" from an aftermarket finish, it's purely aesthetics on a Glock. The exception would be if a slide had been cut, like for an RMR or the metal gouged deep enough to expose the softer layer of steel.
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    Ok, understood.
    My remaining questions would be in regard to 2 parts. Would the safety plunger yield any kind of enhancement (trigger-wise) from a smoother surface, as claimed by those selling polished versions online, or just a gimmick? Also, as far as the extractor, would that be best left alone, or in a sense, could plating that part cause any kind of issue with it functioning properly?

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    Some claim polishing the safety plunger makes the pull slightly lighter or smother, but I personally cannot tell the difference. Compared to the "wall" of the connector it's nothing. Also keep in mind, any polish job - be it the .25 cent trigger or some of the high polish parts sold online can only affect the portion that rubs against another part. Given use, the parts will mate up themselves. I don't have an issue with the .25 cent trigger job as long as the firing pin lug or rear of the crucifix isn't touched. But I do have issue with the companies selling factory Glock triggers for 10X the price when the only thing done to them was a polish job.

    Extractor - it's not uncommon for the extractor and slide fit to be tight on some Glocks. This can cause jams until the parts wear enough of the finish off that they can move/function smoothly. Adding an additional finish to them has the potential to exasperate this. I don't know enough about the Nickle Boron process to know how much material it adds to the gun. If they did end up being too tight, you can use a high grit sandpaper and sand down the finish to free up the movement.

    If this is a new gun, I personally wouldn't do anything to it. I'd take the money about to be spent on the finish and buy ammo. Shoot the hell out of the gun. There won't be any finish wear unless it's doing a lot of riding in a holster. When it does get enough wear to bother you, then pay for a new finish - that may be a very long time.
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