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FWIW, I prefer stainless. It is functional, looks good and is cheap to restore to like-new finish. If you want the best looks going, though, it is hard to beat a deep bluing on a polished gun. Also, stainless is kind of bright and not really appropriate for a "tactical" type gun, hence the various high tech paint jobs out there. OTOH, bluing, parkerizing and the various hi-tech finishes all wear off eventually and have to be reapplied at considerable cost.

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I believe the problem with stainless is the tendency to gall when you have tight tolerences. I prefer the stainless frame and blued slide pistols. aka Colt Combat Elite. If I was Building a gun for heavy use it would be Hard Chrome.
 
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