View Full Version : nickel chipping?

March 28, 2011, 11:06 PM

I have in my safe (which I and I alone know the combination to) a Norinco 1911a1 which I had nickel plated about 20 years ago;

Last time I looked at it it was flawless. That was about 6 months ago.

Last night, for no particular reason, I decided to visit my firearms.

When I pulled out the Norc, (which was in a Nylon holster) I noticed a chip right at the bottom of the grip, back side, about 1/8th inch of nickel missing.

I KNOW this firearm was not dropped, or handled by anyone in the interim.

What could be happening?

Will this "cancer" spread?


March 29, 2011, 09:31 AM
What oil is on the gun?

Have you used any copper solvent type cleaners?

March 29, 2011, 09:47 AM
One of the things about plating is that the surface must be chemically clean [not just soap and water clean] . If it isn't clean then the plating doesn't bond to the base metal and it will eventually peel off. It's hard to say what the rest of the plating is like. Corrosion , rust, has a tendency to work under the plating and peel more. Keep the gun coated with a good rust inhibitor ,something like RIG.

March 29, 2011, 10:56 AM
I assume the Norinco has an investment cast frame and I don't know what alloy they used? I've seen some castings you just couldn't get plating to adhere well to, but others that had no problem with it.