This is true but hard chrome does not tolerate any kind of salty environment and I have yet to see a black finish that doesn't eventually wind up in the raw, even though some of the multi layered types still protect it from corrosion. I like Black T and Armor Tuff for my own guns. However, I have yet to try Ion Bond. If longlasting durability is a priority, it's hard to contend with stainless steel.farscott said:I might be in the minority, but I prefer carbon steel guns over stainless. Why? Because, in my limited experience, carbon steel guns run smoother and the fit lasts longer. I can feel the difference in cycling between a stainless gun and a carbon steel gun. Not too much difference, but I can feel it. To me the great advantage of stainless is there is no metal finish, something that was great when most guns were either blued or parkerized. With the advent of great finishes like hard chrome and Ion Bond, the advantage of stainless is lessened.