I’ve never been involved in a self-defense shooting. Statistically, while many of us train to be able to stop an armed assailant @ 25 yards (or greater), most self-defense shootings happen at arm’s length, or not much greater.
So, is dismissal of a lighter (‘white’/silver) firearm finish really all that necessary to show one is ‘tacticool’? Or is it just a gun culture meme that dark blue/black firearms look cooler, not as much like the childhood cap guns of yore? If one is properly concealing one’s sidearm prior to the event, does rapid presentation of a shiny weapon signal our intent sooner than we would like the potential target to discern? Or is this a pointless discussion?
Speaking only for myself, while I prefer a dark shiny (or a dark mat) finish for esthetic reasons, stainless and electroless nickel have served me well. My perspiration has the properties of hydrofluoric acid, and a couple of blued firearms have been damaged because of it. Even with daily maintenance and oiling. (sigh)
I did own a SIG P-226 in 40 S&W, with a black (Nitron) stainless steel slide. But in the short time I had her never carried her concealed.
I have had good luck with the Tenifer finish of the Glock products, and Robbie Barkman of ROBAR coated my NM 1911 with Poly-T. It is wearing off a bit around the edges, but, it has been almost 20 years. And I’ve owned and carried many Smith & Wesson stainless revolvers. The factory electroless of my S&W 442 is getting a little rough. But, she’s been living in my Kramer pocket holster for much of the past 17 years.
It is important to remember stainless does not mean rust free, in spite of the German translation – rostfrei.
And I don’t plan on waving around a shiny metal object long enough to get negative attention of any bad guy. No matter what color it is.
Glock, Kramer, S&W, Colt and SIG have given me nothing but pleasure. Look elsewhere FTC – or just stop looking!
h/t Whipped Cream Difficulties