1. Minor quibble: SIGs, IMO, look better with a silver slide & controls, and a blue/black frame. But that’s the only exception.

  2. “All two tone guns should be blue on the top end. Not the other way around.”

    Agreed. I always hated the two-tone SIGs and S&W 1911SCs, with their stainless slides and blue frames; or even the stainless Glocks and HK USPs with their stainless slides and plastic frames. They just look so wrong.

    That being said, what would your two-tone Beretta look like if you put a stainless barrel in it? With the open-slide, I think that might result in a nice contrast.

    PS — I recall reading somewhere that the original reasoning for the nickel and/or stainless frame on the two-tone Colt Combat Elite was because it made the frame — the part that gets gripped — more resistant to the sweat from the hands. I have no idea if that’s true or not.

  3. Anymouse (June 22, 2014 at 17:15)

    That’s the reasoning I always heard, back when “The Thing” was a two tone Commander or Gov’t Model in a Milt Sparks. It’s not just from gripping, either — the frame is teh part that is most exposed to sweat when holstered, and most prone to rust. Which is one reason I switched from a Parkerized Commander to a stainless one years ago, and why I try to only carry stainless guns, even if they have some Magic Goop black cover finish on them (like blackened stainless). (There have still been times over teh last few years where the proper gun for a particular situation was blued or parked carbon steel, but not anymore.)

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