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Old 01-09-2010, 04:21 PM
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SERPA scraping up metal 1911?

I had a Guarder metal body installed on my TM 1911 MEU. After a few games, I noticed that there were a few scratches in the black finish of the gun. I attributed this to being banged into walls, etc. and ignored it. However, I recently went to a game where I pulled out the pistol a bunch of times. When I got home, I looked at it, and saw that there were numerous scratches all over the pistol, and even a few places where whole sections of the finish were gone, not just small scratches. The game I went to was outside, and I knew for a fact that the pistol had not been banged into any walls, so I decided to get to the bottom of the problem.

Upon closer examination, I noticed that in front of (towards the muzzle of) most of the places where the finish had been removed, the finish was getting polished shiny by being rubbed against something. I decided to look into my SERPA holster, and sure enough, there was black finish inside it at the points that corresponded to where it was missing from the pistol.

Is this something that normally happens to metal pistols when used in SERPA holsters? Is there a way to prevent this from happening?

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Old 01-09-2010, 05:13 PM
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Serpa holsters are dual retention holsters. The first level of retention is the button used to release the pistol from the holster, the second is the friction the holster creates in contact with the gun. The friction keeps the gun from falling out of the holster. The finish lost on the gun is a result of that friction retention. You are always going to get holster wear on handguns, regardless of what holster you use, especially since the finish on most airsoft guns is ****ty to begin with.

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To add onto what Shifty is saying about holster wear,

Airsoft finishes are painted on - even to the most expensive of guns unless you have it anodized yourself. Paint is going to scratch off, fact-of-life. A sepra was designed a real gun, which is either going to be K-coated, anodized, or other wise finished. (Plated, etc.) The nature of these finishes are much, much harder and will often wear the holster. (Thus why serpa's need replaced occasionally if it's heavily used.)

If you really don't want any scratches, go to a pure leather holster, preferably one of a smaller statue, or another type of soft-cloth holster. Not tactical, but they won't scratch your gun.

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Is your serpa real or clone? Clone serpas have "rails" if you look in the muzzle end of the holster, that touch at 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock of the top of the slide. these scratch your gun. Real serpas do not have these. I recommend buying real deal serpa sportsters (about $30) instead of the EB serpa.
As has been said, any polymer holster will scratch an airsoft gun fairly easily. Although I have noticed considerably less scratching since switching from an EB serpa to the real BHI serpa sportster.
The sportster also has adjustable release tension, as the more expensive serpas do. The EB clone does not have adjustable tension.

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It is a real deal SERPA. I guess it's just as Shifty and Fox said; something I will have to deal with. Thanks for the replies.
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