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Offline C0untZer0

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Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« on: October 21, 2011, 11:11:37 PM »
If I get an R9 I want to finish it in NP3+

I think Robar has to remove Rohrbaugh's finish on the aluminum frame to do that if I'm correct and I think they charge for that.

Is it possible to just get an unfinished R9 from Rohrbaugh?

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2011, 12:01:15 AM »

Not likely since they use factory distributors but ask them.

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2011, 08:21:56 PM »
I would also say Rohrbaugh will not sell a gun with an unfinished frame. I don't think any gunmaker would.
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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2011, 09:04:55 PM »
It's an aluminum frame it's not like it's going to rust.

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2011, 09:56:13 PM »
Aluminum can certainly oxidize rapidly in the right conditions unless it is anodized.
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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2011, 08:29:44 PM »
It is a minimal cost for Robar to remove the current finish on the R9 frame.
I believe it is factored into the cost they quote you!

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2011, 10:15:23 PM »
The aftermarket modifications that can be made for any handgun are limited primarily by the imagniation and wallet of the owner. A handgun manufacturer, however, must deliver to market a product meeting specifications approved by the applicable governing authorities.

Smith & Wesson and some other major manufacturers are able to afford the luxury of "custom shops," but I would think that factory customization for limited production pistols such as the Rohrbaugh line would be, at this time, a "bridge too far." It is easy to ask, "Why not?", but it is a bit more difficult to determine, "How and when?" -- especially when one is tasked with finding and arranging the financing for such elegance.

I respectfully suggest that we have in the Rohrbaugh line of handguns the finest pocket pistols yet designed and marketed. The Brothers Rohrbaugh have devoted their lives and fortunes for the past decade and more to bringing these masterpieces to market.

But to anwer more specifically the question originally posed, it is my understanding that all quality refinishers, in order to maintain their own reputations for quality work, would want to "prep" a gun before applying their particular magic to it. Personally, if I were running a refinishing operation, I would give a gun that was apparently "naked" the same treatment I would give one that was already anodized or plated. I would make certain that it was stripped down to its bare metal before I applied my own proprietary refinishing. The cost of doing so would be the same, I believe, whether the gun were anodized, plated, or simply "naked." After all, it would have been handled many times before reaching my shop and would probably have who knows what types of oil or lubrication on its surface. The "prep" costs, I would predict, would be essentially the same in all cases.

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2011, 04:07:09 AM »
Thanks Z

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2011, 10:51:55 AM »
Count:

You asked the time of day and I wrote an essay on building a watch. My apologies.

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2011, 11:03:10 AM »
Thanks fo rreplying Richard.

I didn't really think about Robar needing to prep material no matter what and prepping a raw aluminium frame equates to taking off the finish of the aluminum anyway.

I also forgot that raw aluminum is not the same as anodized aluminum.

« Last Edit: November 03, 2011, 11:04:21 AM by C0untZer0 »

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2012, 12:22:09 AM »
I do a bit of hard anodizing removal in the aircraft industry I do it often in my own shop before welding or modifying anodized parts.
Not hard Just gets dipped in some aluma Bright for a while and presto no anodizing.
But it dose take some material with it so pin holes may slightly enlarge, Probably not enough to cause any problems though.
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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2012, 11:06:35 AM »
Count:

You asked the time of day and I wrote an essay on building a watch. My apologies.

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2012, 05:52:00 PM »
Thank you, Rick. You are too kind.

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Re: Is it possible to get the R9 with no finish ?
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2012, 06:26:43 PM »

Garrulous you are not. That is like accusing Vermeer of making too many strokes.