Hi all, Got a question. Is there a different finish on the 4th generation slides over the 3rd? For some reason the 3rd gen looks alittle darker? Dave
I hope not. Not a big fan of melonite, it's not as durable as tenifer.I remember reading somewhere awhile back that Glock used to use the tenifer finish on U.S. models ie Gen 3 but that finish is now illegal for manufactures to use in this country so they switched to melonite
Hello,Ran across this article...not familiar with the author, or the validity of info...Will check with a source at Glock...
Glock has stopped using Tenifer ™ metal treatment! | remat457 firearms blog
Glock says that the metal hardening (what ever we want to call it) is functionally equivalent and so is the finish on top of it, with the exception of the color. I saw a demo Gen4 that had been pretty abused and it had held up pretty well. I guess only time will validate it for sure.Hi all, Got a question. Is there a different finish on the 4th generation slides over the 3rd? For some reason the 3rd gen looks alittle darker? Dave
Welcome, remat457... When the question came up about the finish, I had just read your article. Since I didn't have the answer, I thought I'd pass your article on. Sounded as credible as anything else I'd heard...Hello,
Thanks for linking me. There are actually a number of articles about Tenifer on my blog. This topic always generates much discourse and is much of the answers are shrouded in secrecy and mystery. Look for 'Tenifer' references in Glock's current literature -- it keeps disappearing (because I suspect they have to pay HEFUSA to use it or the Melonite name). Also, noteworthy is that 'gas nitriding' is a metal hardening process and not (usually) the finish that you see on the surface. The finish is (usually) what can be/is scratched. Deadduck's post is very good.
Just to introduce myself I have been an NRA Certified Instructor since 1990 and recently became a Glock Certified Armorer this year. The primary source for my Tenifer info (in that post) is Glock Armorer Instructor - Dennis Tueller (please Google him if you are unfamiliar-he has done a lot of good work!), and the Glock West Coast Law Enforcement Sales Rep. whose name alludes me at the moment.
Anyway, hello fellow Glock owners!