Sure is slick? I say that cause the new type of finish put on this model is very slippery even without oil on it. The slide serrations aren't agressive enough for this type of finish IMO. I try picturing myself with either wet, bloody, sweaty or cold numb fingers sling shotting the slide on this one... Overall a very nice weapon but for defense the "slickness" would have to be addressed. The specimen I saw (5") was put together well for $1200 without the Swartz safety.