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After 80.000+ Rounds of reliable service, I figured I needed to do something nice for my M9. Sent the slide to Tripp and got a new barrel from IGB. It's now ready for this year's competition season.



 

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Wow! 80,000 rounds and still going strong is impressive by any firearm standard. Steyr Mannlicher should use that testimony in a magazine spread or something.

Your M9 looks beautiful and defintely very unique.
 
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That's great. Your Steyr does look much better than the last time I saw it in your excellent grip tutorial.

I've only had my S9 for a month but the constant drawing and reholstering (even using my Kydex Comp-Tac C-T.A.C.) has started taking the finish off in spots. Does that Tripp finish hold up to that kind of treatment?

Also, what type of barrel did you get from IGB and why did you go with them?

Thanks

Jeff
 

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I also think it looks better than it did in the last photographs. I chose the IGB barrel because there are only two choices at this time, them and Steyr. I wanted to get the stainless steel. The barrel is the IGB standard replacement barrel. These people are great to do business with. I have ordered a second barrel for Mrs. Steyr. Putting this barrel on the gun shruck my group size at 30 yards by half and increase the velocity of my ammunition by 50 fps.

Regarding Tripp. I had the slide back seven days after I sent it to them. Sent it in on a Friday, got it back the following Friday. Now that is great service. The finish appears to be very durale. The hard chrome is just that...HARD. I have notice no wear at all.

One thing with Kydex is it is hard on the finish of a gun. I expect this will not be the case with this finish.
 
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Great - Thanks for the reply.

May I ask how much the barrel was shipped and did it take any fitting? If so, did you do it yourself or is this a gunsmith-only project?

Also, what prep did you have to do to the slide before sending it for hard-chroming? Did you have to remove the sights, remove the firing pin, etc.

Jeff
 
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IDPASteyr said:
One thing with Kydex is it is hard on the finish of a gun. I expect this will not be the case with this finish.
This is very interesting. I've never used Kydex before, I was out of shooting before they become all the rage they are today. I assumed that the plastic-type material would generate less friction than leather, and thus less wear, on pistol finishes. Totally wrong assumption there, as after a few weeks and IDPA matches there are a few spots on my S9 getting to the metal!

That Tripp hard chrome definitely sounds like the ticket. Much more affordable than Robar, and super-quick turnaround. I bet that last part won't last as the word gets out about their work.

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Jeff, The barrel was $250 but most of that is due to the unfavorable exchange rate between the dollar and Euro. Since I needed a barrel and couldn't get one from DTSS, it was my only option. Also, the barrel is pretty much custom made and much more robust than the stock barrel. It did drop right in with no fitting and it a tighter fit than the stock.

I stripped the slide before sending it to Tripp but left the sights. The removed the sights and replaced them when finished.
 

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It's just regular old skateboard tape. Make sure you get the stuff that has the plastic backing instead of paper backing.
 

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IDPASteyr:

How much were you charged by Tripp?

I'm planning on having a (well) used M40 I just purchased refurb'd. My plans including having the Steyr Repair Center install new NS's and swap the extractor, trigger (old components) and recoil spring.....then off to get the slide and receiver internal metal parts plated.

I probably won't get a new barrel though.
 

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Tripp charged $75 plus $10 shipping. That is a fair price. They advertize a 10 day turnaround but usually do better. The finish is very hard and is showing no wear at all.

Regarding the refurbishment of your M40, why not order the parts and do the work yourself?
 

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Tripp charged $75 plus $10 shipping. That is a fair price. They advertize a 10 day turnaround but usually do better. The finish is very hard and is showing no wear at all.

Regarding the refurbishment of your M40, why not order the parts and do the work yourself?
The price sounds good.....I might go to them or maybe to Accurate Plating & Weaponry....they are about 30 minutes away from my house.

About refurbishing.....I'm mechanically dis-inclined.....beyond field stripping a gun. Although I remember changing the mainspring on my Browning HP a long time ago.

Do you recommend having all of the springs replaced?

Would it really be all that difficult to do the refurb myself?
 

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The armorer's rebuild on a Steyr is at 65,000 rounds. That is when the factory recommends replacing all the springs. If your gun is working and the only issue is the pre-upgrade trigger, I'd just have the upgraded trigger installed and the gun inspected. Then shoot it for a while to see how it works.
 
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IDPASteyr - how is your Tripp Research Hard Chrome finish holding up after 2 months and your regular competition drawing from a Kydex holster?

Thanks in advance.

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It is showing no wear at all. I can't believe how well this finish is holding up on the gun. It still looks like it was just done. I have about 6K rounds through it since having it chromed.
 

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I have been considering sending one of my pistols to have it hard chromed...it looks very nice. I hear from many sources that hard chrome is the toughest finish available. I will be ordering my first Steyr M9 very soon...thanks to all the information on this forum.
 
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