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R9 Covert
« on: June 17, 2021, 02:32:06 PM »
I just purchased my second covert, used, of course. The first one I purchased has a stainless barrel. The one I just purchased has a blued barrel. Was this normal or is it possible that the covert I have with a stainless barrel is not an original barrel? Both are in the 5XXX SN block. Thanks, all.

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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2021, 05:00:03 PM »
We never issued an R9 with a blued barrel. All barrels were stainless steel. Most were natural color (silver) and some were treated to a Nitride (black) finish.

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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2021, 05:18:12 PM »
I just purchased my second covert, used, of course. The first one I purchased has a stainless barrel. The one I just purchased has a blued barrel. Was this normal or is it possible that the covert I have with a stainless barrel is not an original barrel? Both are in the 5XXX SN block. Thanks, all.

The Coverts barrels I believe were all black.

After firing a few times the black coating wears off unevenly where the slide comes over the barrel and many owners find this unsightly and have removed the black coating from the barrels.  There is nothing one can do to keep the slide from wearing on the barrel.

That would be my guess.

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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2021, 02:47:00 PM »
Eric - thanks for this - and yes, where I said blued I realize now it is the Nitrade.

One other question - when the Coverts were sent to Wilson Combat was any work done on the barrels specifically?

Thank you again.

We never issued an R9 with a blued barrel. All barrels were stainless steel. Most were natural color (silver) and some were treated to a Nitride (black) finish.

Regards,

Eric C. Rohrbaugh

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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2021, 02:47:57 PM »
Thanks for this - I did notice that some of the black had worn off exactly where you noted - understandable but still good to know it's normal. Appreciate it.

I just purchased my second covert, used, of course. The first one I purchased has a stainless barrel. The one I just purchased has a blued barrel. Was this normal or is it possible that the covert I have with a stainless barrel is not an original barrel? Both are in the 5XXX SN block. Thanks, all.

The Coverts barrels I believe were all black.

After firing a few times the black coating wears off unevenly where the slide comes over the barrel and many owners find this unsightly and have removed the black coating from the barrels.  There is nothing one can do to keep the slide from wearing on the barrel.

That would be my guess.

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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2021, 08:58:39 AM »
My Covert wore the same way.  I had a lot of trouble with that pistol.  It eventually ate the slide pin which broke in two, fatally damaging the rails….gun kaput!  I’ve saved the parts and threw the frame in a box for the memory.
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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2021, 07:33:07 PM »
Eric - thanks for this - and yes, where I said blued I realize now it is the Nitrade.

One other question - when the Coverts were sent to Wilson Combat was any work done on the barrels specifically?

Thank you again.

We never issued an R9 with a blued barrel. All barrels were stainless steel. Most were natural color (silver) and some were treated to a Nitride (black) finish.

Regards,

Eric C. Rohrbaugh

I believe it is time to clarify the COVERT models. These were never made by Rohrbaugh Firearms Corp. A company by the name of Arego's Pawn would purchase ten to twenty R9S Standard pistols from us and then they would send them out to be turned in HIS MODEL: The COVERT by Wilson Combat. We had nothing whatsoever to do with that model R9 other than selling them our standard R9S two-tone with sights.

Now, to answer your question:  I do not believe Wilson did anything to the barrels other than coating them black. 

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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2021, 08:56:30 PM »
Thanks again Eric - for the info on the barrels and the history on the guns - glad to learn more about how they came to be.

Eric - thanks for this - and yes, where I said blued I realize now it is the Nitrade.

One other question - when the Coverts were sent to Wilson Combat was any work done on the barrels specifically?

Thank you again.

We never issued an R9 with a blued barrel. All barrels were stainless steel. Most were natural color (silver) and some were treated to a Nitride (black) finish.

Regards,

Eric C. Rohrbaugh

I believe it is time to clarify the COVERT models. These were never made by Rohrbaugh Firearms Corp. A company by the name of Arego's Pawn would purchase ten to twenty R9S Standard pistols from us and then they would send them out to be turned in HIS MODEL: The COVERT by Wilson Combat. We had nothing whatsoever to do with that model R9 other than selling them our standard R9S two-tone with sights.

Now, to answer your question:  I do not believe Wilson did anything to the barrels other than coating them black. 

ecr

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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2021, 10:54:37 PM »
I was wondering if the nitride finish on the Special Forces wears off in the same manner as the Wilson barrel coating?
Thank you in advance! Chris

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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2021, 07:23:07 AM »
Yes, it does.  Easy enough to touch up with a black “bluing” pen if the sight offends, but I see no personal need since I carry for function, not pristine appearance.
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Re: R9 Covert
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2021, 01:03:53 AM »
Thank you!
Chris