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Old 10-11-2018, 01:31 PM   #1
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Micro 9 Stainless Frame finish

I've been carrying my Stainless micro 9 for a few months without having shot it or cleaned it because I've been busy, and maybe a bit neglectful. I shot this past weekend and it operated fine other than 1 failure to return to fire. The slide stopped just short of closing.

I knew I hadn't cleaned it in some time so I wasn't overly concerned because as I looked at it I saw what I thought was dirt, grime, what have you that appeared to have been captured by the oil. I brought it home and started to clean. What I thought was dirt, grime, or combination of the 2 now appears to be an issue with the frame itself. I didn't scrub too hard because I didn't want to scratch the frame further.

Does this appear to be something I can clean off or do you with more knowledge than I think the frame is corroded somehow?
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:56 PM   #2
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looks like that aluminum is corroding
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:22 PM   #3
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Holy crap! There's definitely some corrosion going on. My question is, how could you carry a gun for months without taking it apart cleaning it and oil again once in a while. Corrosion and rust equals neglect.
And what happened to the top grip screw?
What does the other side of that pistol look like?
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Corrosion -send it in to Kimber
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That sure looks like the aluminum frame is corroded. It also looks like it's happening along the edge of the grip, could you have been handling a chemical of some sort that you transferred to the gun? I'd look into getting the frame refinished.
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If that's the only side that is corroded I would assume you are right-handed and caring that and getting a lot of sweat on that gun. Or you are using sulfuric acid as a lubricant.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:29 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Cucamonga kid View Post
Holy crap! There's definitely some corrosion going on. My question is, how can you carry a gun that you have not even test fired yet and how could you carry a gun for months without taking it apart cleaning it and oil again once in a while. Corrosion and rust equals neglect.
And what happened to the top grip screw?
What does the other side of that pistol look like?
Who said I didn't test fire it? I removed the top grip screw to further investigate the corrosion.
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Originally Posted by Cucamonga kid View Post
If that's the only side that is corroded I would assume you are right-handed and caring that and getting a lot of sweat on that gun. Or you are using sulfuric acid as a lubricant.
The other side does not exhibit corrosion - I'll add a pic later. I used Hoppes cleaning solvent and oil to lubricate.
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Originally Posted by Woodchuckinthecity View Post
Who said I didn't test fire it? I removed the top grip screw to further investigate the corrosion.
Sorry, I misunderstood. When you said you carried it for months without firing my first assumed you had just purchased it. But looking back at your earlier post on July 3, 2017 I realized too late that you had test fired it with about 50 rounds of 115 grain. My bad. Carry-on.
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Originally Posted by Cucamonga kid View Post
Sorry, I misunderstood. When you said you carried it for months without firing my first assumed you had just purchased it. But looking back at your earlier post on July 3, 2017 I realized too late that you had test fired it with about 50 rounds of 115 grain. My bad. Carry-on.
I've put more than a thousand rounds through it so far and until recently kept it cleaner and lubed. I do understand I neglected it the last few months by not cleaning and oiling it while continuing to carry, but didn't expect to see corrosion as a result.
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