I had contacted Bond Arms last week to see if I could purchase an XR9-L unlock block. I thought that would be the most likely piece to fail. Just got a response from Bond customer service that there will be an announcement when they start making the XR9-L. Also, at that time, you will be able to send in your Boberg to have the barrel and unlock block replaced with NP3 covered parts. Or, you can send your own parts to Robar and have them coated for $70. I sent in my XR9-L barrel, guide rod, and action block this week, and the same parts for my "shorty" are going to Robar when I get the first parts back. Glad to hear that Bond will build the XR9-L. I just wish they would make the .45 also. There is obviously a good market for the .45.
I have 3 XR9s's, 1 XR9L, and 2 XR45s's.
In my opinion the 45 was brought out way before it should have and needs a lot of redesign.
Bond has been working on the XR9s's for 18 months before they are bringing out the first copy.
Again, in my opinion the 45 needs a major revamping which probably is not worth it. I went back to an XDs45 and it is way way better in my opinion. JMO
Well, this is puzzling news, because this is what I just got back from a Robar rep yesterday in response to an inquiry about getting my XR9-S and XR9-L Robar NP3 treated:
Hey Luke, I'm unsure if Robar could complete this request due to us having never had these types of firearms disassembled before—and in order for us to work on them, we would need the entire unit regardless to function test. But if we could, and just to give an estimated turnaround and price, each unit would be categorized as "small parts" via pistol work: $35 The turnaround time for this project would be an estimated 10 weeks.
Thanks.Jordan, Robar Guns
The ROBAR Companies, Inc.
Wondering if "Vern" had a better contact with the president of Robar Guns. Ill be patient. My tube of lube should last me quite awhile.
Thank You!! Sounds excellent!
Thanks for the info AND thanks for being our willing guinea pig! ;) I'll wait to see how it works out for you, although I really don't expect any issues. The alternative of course is to wait until Bond releases an NP3 (or Anderson product) coated barrel and unlock block for after-market sale to pure Bobergers. The other firearm I had inquired about (but didn't mention above because it was somewhat off-topic here) was treatment of my Keltec KSG, which I thought would definitely benefit from an NP3 treatment of the whole $*@#ing thing. I was surprised that Robar had had no experience with those either. I actually expect that NP3 treatment of that firearm could only massively improve it. If not, well, no great loss.
I don't know how to post an email, but Freddie Blish, Robar's president said in an email to me "We use NP3 on those parts" when I asked about Bond Arms getting the parts coated. Robar received my parts on Wednesday, and I haven't gotten a call that there was any problem. Coating two or three parts with no takedown or reassembly required could not be much more simple. Robar's website says that they prefer to receive a complete gun, which they then take apart completely, treat, and reassemble. That requires in depth knowledge of the pistol. Coating an action block and barrel does not require any knowledge of the gun at all. Robar has done NP3 on an AR10 type rifle and a Benelli shotgun, both turned out beautifully, and both took about two months. Customer service and communication with Robar has been great. Hopefully, the parts from my Boberg will get finished quickly, and I will post pictures.
Vern: Here's hoping you'll put them to the test soon and report back to us on the viability/desirability of having the same done to our own barrels.
Just got the parts for my XR9-L back from Robar. The locking block and barrel in the picture were treated with NP3. The short barrel is from my XR9-L (untreated). The cost was $50 for the barrel and $30 for the locking block.
Thanks Vern! Your leg work will benefit all of the BOBERG fans like myself.
Ditto John Neska on his kudos for all your advance work on the Bobergs.