Your Opinion on Getting Robar NP3+ Coating on this Kimber Ultra Carry II
This Kimber Ultra Carry II is my nicest pistol (photo 1). I shoot about 150 rounds every weekend. The paint on the aluminum frame is starting to wear off at the main friction areas. I would like to have the frame coated in NP3 Plus Firearm Finish by Robar (Robarguns.com). I am trying to determine if the cost is “worth it” given the current wear on the pistol. The coating cost is $200 for just the frame, or $400 for a complete coating (including all internal and external parts and one mag). Not a massive investment, but also not trivial.
My question is this: In your opinion, is there still enough life left in this pistol to justify having it coated in NP3? Is the wear in photos 3, 4 and 5 “normal” and nothing to be worried about, or is this type of wear problematic for significant future use? If I can get another 50,000 rounds through this pistol, the coating would be worth it to me (approx 150-200 rounds per week for 5 years).
I know this is a subjective! Just getting the general thoughts of people far more knowledgable than me about wear on Kimber Pistols. Thank you in advance.
If you are worried about the length of life of the gun itself vs. the new coating, you are looking at it wrong.
The gun itself will/should last forever. ie, frame, slide, etc. The only thing that will change over time is the springs and barrel.
I’d just keep track of that while always inspecting internals when breaking down for cleaning. I wouldn’t worry. You have many miles to go. Go shoot it and have fun.
John, aka BHunted
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