True, but in those last two years they have ranged from the initial 'grey, parked, scratch when you look at it' finish, to the recent finish which actually seems to be holding up fairly well. I just find it odd that my 7 year old beater G19 (and I do mean beater - tons of range time, classes, and been carried thousands of hours) is holding up better (finish-wise) than a Gen4 that I have carried maybe a handful of times. I'm sure I'm not the only one. JPB: I'm well aware they aren't high end pistols. See my 'work truck' analogy. Why pay the same money for a lesser product? Just trying to get a feel for what the folks at Smyrna are turning out these days. Keep 'em comin', folks! Thanks!