I always look forward to your posts/pictures Mr. Wright. You have a beautiful collection, and know how to compose a good picture.
I didn't really think about where the popular "black paint" finish most semi-autos come clad in lies on the spectrum - which is odd, because that's what most of my guns actually are. Oddly, I don't actually care for the aesthetic of bi-tone guns, so when buying polymer framed pistols I do wind up choosing black paint over stainless. However, I don't think of it as my favorite gun finish. It's just what - to me - looks "right" on my fantastic plastic.
Anyway, a lot of good reasoning both ways. The results are actually a lot closer than I would have expected thus far.
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