While messing with the J. Sip barrels in The Armory, something small happened that turned into a testing opportunity: the nitride finish.
As I write this I can’t recall what caused the mark shown in these pictures. It might have been the mounting screws of another Blaser barrel. Maybe a tool on the bench. Who knows?
But as we stood there looking at it, a suggestion was made: rub it with some gun oil. So we did. And the result I thought was impressive.
I recall Justin telling me they use an outside vender for their nitride finish. Whatever process that vender uses probably isn’t the same “Plasma Nitride” that Blaser labels their process. And while we are on it, Doc and I have casually discussed what we think “Plasma Nitride” actually means but we cannot come up with a definitive hypothesis worth sharing here.
However, that difference does beg a certain question for potential J.Sip & Son customers: Is their nitride finish durable? Well…we can’t say anything over the long term, but on it’s face, it sure seems so.
Theirs doesn’t have the bright polished look that Blaser’s have, but Justin’s finish seems almost like it “heals” akin to parkerizing. If you know what I mean.
Note: More to come. Talking about the finish on these barrels will be germane to the long term review later.
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