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#127054 - 07/18/01 06:11 AM Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
lunde Offline
Sharp Shooter

Registered: 03/18/01
Posts: 902
Loc: CA
I just got my P7 PSP ("IA" datecode) back from Tripp Research. I had one of my P7M8s done a couple of months ago. It was hard-chromed, and this time "brush flats" were done to the two sides of the slide, and I had this done because the original blued finish was nicely polished.

Here is the left side:



Here is a close-up of the left side (note that this early P7 has honest-to-goodness engraving, not the roll-stamping that you find on later P7s):



Here it is inside of the superb Alessi CQC/S holster that I ordered for it:



Here is the right side (serial numbers have been obliterated by Photoshop):



Here is another angle of the right side:



Finally, here is another angle of the left side:



I'd also like to mention that Joe Jorden, a certified P7 armorer, did a thorough check of this P7 PSP for me, and I'd like to thank him publically for his excellent service.


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Dr. Ken Lunde (Lifetime NRA/GOA/GSSF Member; HK P7M8 x 2; HK P7 PSP; Glock 19C/20/21/26/29/30/32/33/35/36; Steyr M40/M357; HS 2000)

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#127055 - 07/18/01 06:54 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
Cruzer Offline
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Registered: 05/01/01
Posts: 165
Outstanding pics! I really like the brushed flats on the p7 (not that I would redo mine).

Quick question for you...do you think Tripp replaces the heat shield when he does the chrome job. My heat shield looks new, and I have heard that there is no easy way to remove a heat shield without damaging it. I think they are $12 or something like that.

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#127056 - 07/18/01 07:53 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
0700 Offline
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Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 255
Loc: Nampa, ID
OK-OK stop it! You win, I'll get brushed flats already! Damn that pistol looks good, I'm curious what it would look like with some wood grips? Is that an Alessi holster?

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#127057 - 07/18/01 08:17 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
p7newbie Offline
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Registered: 03/02/01
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Hye doc, was that a refurb? I see everything is gone on your slide but the nitro marking....did you request that?
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#127058 - 07/18/01 08:41 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
lunde Offline
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Registered: 03/18/01
Posts: 902
Loc: CA
If you read the sentences between each photo, you'll see that the holster is an Alessi CQC/S.

Also, this was not a refurb. Although it dates from 1980, it was barely used. I obliterated the serial number on the slide and frame using Photoshop, which is why it looks so bare on the right side. The only marking that are now gone due to hard-chroming is the text "HK ARL VA 22201" (I cannot recall if that was the correct zip code, but you get the idea of what the text was) that was very lightly etched and white. Any type of refinishing, even a standard blue, would have removed that text anyway.


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Dr. Ken Lunde (Lifetime NRA/GOA/GSSF Member; HK P7M8 x 2; HK P7 PSP; Glock 19C/20/21/26/29/30/32/33/35/36; Steyr M40/M357; HS 2000)

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#127059 - 07/18/01 12:51 PM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
RC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 123
Loc: L.A. County, California, USA
Sharp!

Hey Doc, quick question. Do you find the PSP THAT MUCH more concealable than a P7M8? Does the slight increased length/protruding mag release of the P7M8 really get in the way much more than the PSP? Curious...

Regards,

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#127060 - 07/18/01 12:56 PM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
lunde Offline
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Registered: 03/18/01
Posts: 902
Loc: CA
RC, my P7 PSP isn't any longer (higher) than other P7 PSPs. P7 PSPs with the flush magazine release have longer plastic grip panels that hang lower to cover the magazine release.

The lack of a magazine release on the side of the P7 PSP seems to make it feel a bit flatter.


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Dr. Ken Lunde (Lifetime NRA/GOA/GSSF Member; HK P7M8 x 2; HK P7 PSP; Glock 19C/20/21/26/29/30/32/33/35/36; Steyr M40/M357; HS 2000)

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#127061 - 07/18/01 04:51 PM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
sheepdog Offline
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Registered: 05/23/01
Posts: 7
Quick query or two: Didn't you say the refinish was 130 from Tripp's? It looks really great. Next, the Alessi holster....have you carried with it enough to make a judgement on its suitability for the P series? For some reason, it just looks like it would "flop" the grip outboard. I want something that I can take off/put on without removing my belt, studying Blade-Tech but options are open. Thank you.

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#127062 - 07/18/01 04:51 PM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
Johnny Rad Offline
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Registered: 03/16/01
Posts: 194
Loc: Zion
Love those pics! Many thanks.

On the first and second pics, the trigger guard and frame area does not look smooth at all ... should I chalk it up to the zoom lense and that it is not generally noticeable with the naked eye?!

P.S. Beautiful pistol.

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#127063 - 07/18/01 05:04 PM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
Stephen Offline
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Registered: 12/08/99
Posts: 3795
Loc: Dallas, Texas
Quote:
Originally posted by sheepdog:
Quick query or two:
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For some reason, it just looks like it would "flop" the grip outboard. I want something that I can take off/put on without removing my belt, studying Blade-Tech but options are open.
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I can say, from carrying my M8 in my Alessi CQC/S for quite some time, that the M8 is held firmly in place with little if any movement. The balance of the P7 in the holster is amazingly harmonic.

The CQC/S has safety/directional snaps that are used to make donning and removing the holster a breeze with a small amount of practice. I can do so very quickly... the easiest and fastest way IMHO is to take the P7 out of the holster when placing it on your belt and removing the P7 and the holster together as a unit when taking it off.

Very slick system.

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#127064 - 07/19/01 05:21 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
lunde Offline
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Registered: 03/18/01
Posts: 902
Loc: CA
ADDED: Weird. I read a post (right before this one) in which I was asked if the slide had been replaced, because it had "GERMANY" (not "W/GERMANY") engraved on it.

Everything is original. My guess is that original P7s had "GERMANY" on their slides, HK then changed it to "W/GERMANY" at some point (perhaps to be politically-correct), then changed it back to "GERMANY" after the unification. Again, this is only a guess.


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Dr. Ken Lunde (Lifetime NRA/GOA/GSSF Member; HK P7M8 x 2; HK P7 PSP; Glock 19C/20/21/26/29/30/32/33/35/36; Steyr M40/M357; HS 2000)

[This message has been edited by lunde (edited 07-19-2001).]

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#127065 - 07/20/01 08:05 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
Mr_Tactical Offline
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Registered: 04/25/01
Posts: 73
My PSP is date code ID and it also only says "Germany" no W/Germany on it......

Johnny Rad, also on my PSP you do see the mill marks on the trigger guard. you have to look close but you can see them with the naked eye. The hard chroming makes them more visible than on the dark blued original finish. Mine looks black. Only the later ones start to have the more "true Blue" finish to them.
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#127066 - 07/20/01 10:35 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
lunde Offline
Sharp Shooter

Registered: 03/18/01
Posts: 902
Loc: CA
I, too, observed that hard-chroming makes the mill marks stand out a bit more, and that the blue (or black) finish simply makes them more subtle. All of my P7s have this, and it is not a flaw.


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Dr. Ken Lunde (Lifetime NRA/GOA/GSSF Member; HK P7M8 x 2; HK P7 PSP; Glock 19C/20/21/26/29/30/32/33/35/36; Steyr M40/M357; HS 2000)

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#127067 - 07/20/01 10:41 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
0700 Offline
Member

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 255
Loc: Nampa, ID
Couldn't the machining marks be sanded off?

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#127068 - 07/20/01 10:51 AM Re: Photos of my hard-chromed P7 PSP, with "brush flats"!
lunde Offline
Sharp Shooter

Registered: 03/18/01
Posts: 902
Loc: CA
Sure, with enough effort I suppose, but why would you want to? There is no functionality to be gained. It seems like a solution to a non-problem.


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Dr. Ken Lunde (Lifetime NRA/GOA/GSSF Member; HK P7M8 x 2; HK P7 PSP; Glock 19C/20/21/26/29/30/32/33/35/36; Steyr M40/M357; HS 2000)

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