I'll second that, and even when I got my new SS Gov't XSE back from them there were brass marks on the slide and on the rear site from extracted shell casings..........and Colt made no effort to clean them up!!! I was able to clean the marks off the slide, but the one mark on the rear site won't come off, it almost looks like a little nick? So now I'm thinking of trading it in on another 1911. It just bothers the heck out of me to know that Colt doesn't care about QC and then expects to get high prices for their products..........maybe one day they will learn, who knows!?!\n\nI agree. A time in the not to distant past, Americans took a great deal of pride in their work. It was very unusual for a new item to be dirty and not "looking like it was new out of the box" so to speak.\nToday, those professional standards are no longer norms but exceptions. Almost in everything we find.\nAmerican craftmanship has been taking a heavy toll, by it own doing.\nIt seems that when you find a company that returns to the standards of the past, you think it is something special anymore, not the norm. :)\nThere is no reason for that weapon not to be clean and looking good for a new buyer, just plain common good business practices.