Firearms generate an incredible amount of heat, which quickly degrades even the most durable steel components. In addition to normal wear, both artillery and gun barrels are vulnerable to corrosion and a variety of other factors that can cause premature failure or even dangerous misfires. Hard chrome plating protects the most delicate part of the weapon, cutting costs and increasing its useful life.
The Benefits of Chrome Plating for Gun Barrels
1. Protecting Against Corrosion
Gunpowder is extremely corrosive, which can cause weapons to jam if the barrel is significantly degraded, especially in humid or salty air. Hard chrome plating maximizes the corrosion resistance of the barrel, making the weapon safer and more reliable in even the harshest conditions.
2. Extending the Life of the Barrel
Barrel erosion is a serious problem in military hardware, which has higher-velocity rounds that create massive amounts of heat and friction. Hard chrome plating dramatically reduces the impact of these forces, extending the weapon’s useful life and preserving its accuracy.
3. Reducing Maintenance
Hard chrome plating creates a smoother surface, which attracts less dirt and debris. Many gun owners find that this treatment makes their weapons easier to clean, reducing both the time and expense of keeping them in good working order. This is especially important for military artillery units who may be tasked with the maintenance of dozens or even hundreds of large-bore weapons.
As one of the Cincinnati area’s oldest and most established machine shops, R. A. Heller Co. offers a variety of hard chrome plating services using the most advanced technology on the market. Their team of experienced professionals has been serving businesses and private clients throughout the area since 1946, delivering exceptional results on projects of any size. Visit their website for more on their hard chrome plating services, get more tips and advice on Twitter, or call (513) 771-6100 to discuss your project and request an estimate.