I know a carry gun doesn't need to look "pretty", but it shouldn't look like crap, either,
Yes, there is a definite difference between good hard earned wear that adds nice character to a gun and what happens on some of the J-Frames. The clear coat flaking off is just an example of bad design work on S&W’s part and nothing else.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman