The bluing on the last colt I saw was faded and scratched pretty bad.... but the gun was a over 100 years old revolver so I think its to be expected.
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.
all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple