Although I prefer to carry my 1911, I also carry this Mod. 66 2 1/2" which I built back in around 1979. It started life as a 4". I shortened the barrel, gave it a custom target crown and milled a front sight for it. The finish is matt and polished stainless. Action is one of the slickest around and it will print 1" groups at 25 yards all day.