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Val, maybe you can set us straight on this.

I'm was looking at a distributor screen the other day, and they list a Titanium model P99. Is this just the renamed QPQ, or is the slide really Ti?
 

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This probably won't answer your question exactly, but the QPQ finished slide has been discontinued by Walther and is being replaced by a Titanium coated slide; same silvery color.  From pics I've seen, the slide is literally marked "TITANIUM COATED".
 

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Heh, Heh, I go pick mine up today....

The press release is here: http://www.carl-walther.de/aktuell/Pressetext_IWA2002_Defense_engl.doc

The slide of the „P99 TITANIUM COATED“ pistol is treated with a plasma nitriding and is finished with a titan coating. In addition to the attractive two-tone effect of the pistol, the slide also features:

Ø Resistance to wear
Ø Excellent rust protection
Ø High impact strength

I'll let you know how it looks tonight


Regards,
James
 

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Regarding the aesthetics:

While many people don't, I personally like two-tone, silver over black pistols. I was really looking forward to the new titanium coated P99s as a possible purchase, but I find the rather large  TITANIUM COATED printed on the slide to be unattractive and kind of tacky.

Of course, as always, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
 
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... but I find the rather large  TITANIUM COATED printed on the slide to be unattractive and kind of tacky.
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Reminds me of the S&W pistols (don't remember the model numbers) that had "TACTICAL" in huge letters running the entire length of the slide.  First time I saw one, I burst out laughing!  "Tacky" doesn't even begin to describe it!  
 

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Oh, man, you guys are really bumming me out.

You're just jealous, dissin' my Titanium P99


I did take a ball-peen hammer to it last night and there's not a mark on it!


Seriously though, I'll reserve judgement until I shoot it.

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James
 

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I have just two words from the good people at the Harley Davidson of American Firearms, Smith & Wesson Inc, Those words are...Burlington Melonite

Melonite is the finish found on the super advanced, highly ergonomic Smith & Wesson 99 Slide.


Melonite™ and Melonite QPQ™ are thermochemical processes intended for the case hardening of iron based metals. These processes are categorized as molten salt bath ferritic nitrocarburizing. During these processes, nitrogen, carbon, and small amounts of oxygen are diffused into the surface of the steel, creating an epsilon iron nitride layer (e - FexN).

A degraded form of this nitride layer (gamma prime: g' - Fe4N) is obtained during plasma or gas nitriding. The nitride layer is composed of two principle zones. Zone 1, called the compound or "white" layer, extends to a case depth of ~0.0004" to 0.0008". The compound layer is porous, which lends to the lubricity of the finish, and hard (~700HV to 1600HV). Zone 2, called the diffusion zone, extends to a case depth of ~.004" to 0.008".

In addition, small quantities of substrate carbon are pulled from deeper within the substrate toward the surface. The diffusion zone demonstrates a decreasing gradient concentration of carbon and particularly nitrogen as the gradient extends deeper into the surface of the substrate. This property yields a tough outer surface or shell, yet alloys the material to retain ductility, thereby lending to the overall strength of the material.

Resulting properties from these chemical and structural composition changes are increased surface hardness, lower coefficient of friction, enhanced surface lubricity, improved running wear performance, increased sliding wear resistance, and enhanced corrosion resistance. Naturally, the alloy of the substrate will influence which properties are principally affected and to what extent they are affected. The following chart demonstrates what properties are best enhanced by varying the Melonite process:


Yeeeah Bayybeeee....
 

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The Walther P99's have just been released with the new Titanium Coated slides. Thanks to the detailed descriptions of this process already provided,I will just say that they look pretty sharp and I have a few of them available for sale now.
Please e-mail for actual pictures and pricing if interested in one of these brand new Titanium P99's. Thanks
 

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Well, I can say from personal experience
that the slides are not impervious to scratches. Mine now has a nice hairline scratch just below the rear sight on the right side because James is a doofus and didn't use the plastic yellow thingy to suppress the plunger, instead using the metal tool that is used to remove the front sight screw when installing his new Meprolight nite sites.

#$#@$ I'm pissed. Oh well, it's going to be my shooter now, we'll see what my Kydex holster does to it.

Maybe I'll get it Hard Chromed


James
 
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