Tac, I've worked on built and refinished guns for about 30 years. I can't tell you anyone finish is better for you than another, lot of variable , you, holster and the list goes on. Robards does good work, bluing is classic. Do you want a shiny polished gun, do you want one that looks like a parkerized military model or one of the new coatings that allow pictures or color. What I can say is research not only the toughness of the finishes but the aesthetics. When you buy a new gun yo have somewhat limited choices, but when you refinish it the choices are open. Nothing I include in my daily routine is more personal than my choice of weapon, you have chance to make it truly individualized. Don't let a rush to judgement or a few dollars take that opportunity from you.