DATL: Why, thank you very much! Glad you liked my Ralphie analogy.
Meanwhile, I can highly recommend the Metalife finish. I first became aware of them after reading a Chuck Taylor article about their finish. Taylor let them apply it to several of his guns, then he went on to do things like leaving the guns in creeks and snowbanks....with no rust resulting from this. I had them apply Metalife to my blued Single Six back in the late 1990s; to this day, the gun looks brand new. Compared to many other aftermarket finishes, they're pretty affordable, too.