Your comments regarding finishes seem to be right on. I do not like the looks of parkerizing and learned early on to like a bead blast blue that would work best for me and my 1911's. The advantage? I can touch them up with a good cold blue and take care of the scabbard wear almost indefinately. I have some black stuff for my blaster that came out of the Copper Mines in Ajo, AZ that I use for the top round of the slide and change to a more mild glass bead for the flats. I never thought that parkerizing was that great but finishes are a matter of personal taste and there should be no argument on what anyone likes or not. I also don't think much of the spray on finishes even though a lot of people like them. They are very expensive to do and it's hard to fix the wear and tear. My guns all get carried alot.