Confirmed- we do not do the actual hard chroming ourselves. We use a local vendor who does great work (I can't give you their name as they only do our pistols for us). We used Accurate Plating for a while- we don't anymore, but they also do nice work. (We always try to use local vendors as much as possible.)IIRC STI doesn't hard chrome, they send it out... The STI rep should be able to confirm this. I had my Trojan sent the Accuarate Plating and have been extremely happy with it.