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#4642847 - 01/22/18 11:49 AM A slide/rail wear question
newbe46 Offline

Registered: 01/19/17
Posts: 202
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I'm pretty sure this has been discussed at length since the beginning of time. Just before I dive into the see of debate on Google I'd like your opinions on firearms maintenance.

The question is, should I be worried if the finishing/coating on the slide where it meets the frame has worn to show the bare metal?
2003 E46 M3 Convertible
2004 Odyssey EX-L
2004 Impreza TS Wagon

#4642872 - 01/22/18 12:16 PM Re: A slide/rail wear question [Re: newbe46]
2009Edge Offline

Registered: 06/10/09
Posts: 247
Loc: Texas
Worry all you want, it won't solve anything. grin

#4642952 - 01/22/18 01:27 PM Re: A slide/rail wear question [Re: 2009Edge]
bsmithwins Offline

Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 362
Loc: OR, USA
Guns are tools and tools get worn. If you use it enough it will get worn out, eventually.

That said, even SIG Sauer pistols, which have steel running on the aluminum rails, have a lifetime of 10s of thousands of rounds. By that point youll have spent many multiples of the pistol's cost on ammo to run through it.

Lube is good, what specific type is less important than using enough. What exact type Id use would depend on the use. For a gun thats carried exposed to the cold in winter, Id use a thinner gun oil. Arizona in the summer, Id probably use a gun grease.


#4643033 - 01/22/18 02:37 PM Re: A slide/rail wear question [Re: newbe46]
Reddy45 Offline

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2973
Loc: USA
Nope not an issue. There aren't too many coatings in existence (if any) that can put up with that level of abrasion.

I do, however, grease my slide rails, separately from using oil on every other part. The grease I use is called Shooter's Choice and it comes in a plastic syringe. Seems to do a good job and sticks around.

#4643074 - 01/22/18 03:02 PM Re: A slide/rail wear question [Re: newbe46]
newbe46 Offline

Registered: 01/19/17
Posts: 202
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Thanks for the replies.
2003 E46 M3 Convertible
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2004 Impreza TS Wagon