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JGS, it is probably silver nitride. I know a fellow who has a Model 32 Crown Kreighoff that was silver nitrided, he made All-American in Skeet 5 years ago with that gun and shot considerable amounts of shells through it, probably more than 250,000 rounds since it was nitrided. After all of the handling of the gun, I cannot see any thin spots or wear on the finish. He says its as durable of a finish he ever had on a gun. He has had case colored guns, blue and nickel, but swears by the nitride finish. His gun was originally blue and it wore thin quickly, he chose the silver nitride at the recommendation of Krieghoff because it doesn't stick to the gold inlays on the gun and was a thin enough coating to have no negative effect on all of the engraving.

You might inquire with Kriefhoff for more information. If it has a light gray color, it should be the silver nitride. Hope this helps.

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Well I had lunch with Dieter on Monday, and I mentioned to him what he would suggest for a finish besides Coin on a K 32 that a friend was having Bill Mains engrave, his thought were to go with the Nitride finish and also harden
it. Very durable and desirable Grayish look. Here is one that I had Ken Hurst
engrave and was sent to Germany in January to harden and Nitride. Hope this helps. B.C.<a href="http://s8.photobucket.com/albums/a32/wvfc/?action=view&current=IMG_0007.jpg" target="_blank">
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JGS, to answer your question NO the nitirde finish is not a durable as the nickle finish. Nothing holds up like nickle but it is also the ugliest finish they make. The nitride finish replaced the coin finish which wore almost as bad as the blued ones.
If that is what is holding you up get the nitride as it looks a lot better and just wipe it down after use or use gloves.
 

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Here is a Nitride receiver that I have and have been shooting for about two years and it looks as good as the day I got it, I feel it is a very durable finish.
 

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biercart,who did your work ? it looks great ,i just can't get the light right im my pics, the one's not assembled were taken by Ken Hurst late wife Miss Julie. B.C
 

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B.C. this is a stock M32 San Remo that I bought from Hal DuPont at DuPont Krieghoff, With the Nitride finish all of the engraving comes out so much better than a blued version, I get so many compliments from other Krieghoff shooters and dealers when they see the gun and can't believe it is a san remo, I feel they where some of the nicest engravings that the did. Here is the other side.

 

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Your right , I think any type of Nickle finish would fill in the Sharp engraving ! Shoot well, B.C.
 
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