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Opie-IN
March 7, 2001, 05:41 AM
One of my buddies recommended I have my barrel jeweled on my Kahr K9. He was telling me that it keeps oil on the barrel, making it run smoother. I really LOVE the look of a custom jeweled trigger and barrel, but is there really anything to the smoothing out or is that just some smith telling him that to make some cash. He has all of his barrels jeweled on his guns. Also, what would be a fair price to jewel a Kahrs stainless barrel and trigger.

George Stringer
March 7, 2001, 09:11 AM
Opie, his smith is right in that jeweling isn't just for decoration. It does retain oil better. I would think $50 to $60 would be a fair price for the two parts. I jewel rifle bolts for $45 and small parts for $15 in my shop and I think I'm about average on the price. George

burrhead
March 7, 2001, 09:17 AM
I have a 1911 that, along with other mods, I've had a fair amount of cosmetic work done on. I had the barrel jeweled for the look. Does it hold oil better? Probably, but I doubt there's any real practical significance. If you like the look, do it. It's analagous to pin-striping a car.

Seems like it cost me $75 five or six years ago.

pepemarine
March 8, 2001, 09:27 PM
IF YOU LIKE THE LOOK PLEASE HAVE IT DONE. THE RIGHT WAY
WITH THE STEEL BRUSH NOT THE PLASTIC ABRASIVE, THOUGH IT MAY LOOK LIKE THE SAME YOU WONT GET THE SAME PENETRATION OF OIL. I ALWAYS TELL MY CUSTOMERS THAT THE PROPER WAY TO TREAT A GUN IS TO ALWAYS HAVE IT OILED AND STORED IN A DRY PLACE.

KEEP BLASTING!

Mike Irwin
March 10, 2001, 01:30 AM
My question is, is jeweling (aka engine turning from when it was done to watches) really going to do anything for you on the barrel of a semi-auto pistol?

I can see it on a rifle bolt, where there is quite a bit of drag on the circumference of the bolt through the action body, but I'm just not seeing that much of an advantage on a semi-auto handgun unless you've got a REALLY tight bushing...

George Stringer
March 10, 2001, 10:33 AM
Mike, jeweling the barrel itself wouldn't help anything that I can think of. Jeweling the chamber area might if that area rubs against the slide when cycling. That isn't the "fix" I'd choose but it might help. George