Leaving aside all the controversy over S&W (does any company but GLOCK have as much??) I was looking at the ad for the Smith and Wesson M&P line in this month's "America's 1st Freedom" (which arrived today)...
On the left side of the slide, for both of the autos (there's a full size and what they are calling a sub-compact) stamped into the slide is the word "STAINLESS".
Does anyone else feel the way I do, that stamping "STAINLESS" on the gun is pretty stupid? I mean, they don't stamp "High-tech polymer" on the frame of a GLOCK.
This reminds me of how some car companies put really silly marketing/gimmicky things on odd places on their cars -- singling out some feature of the car's design that is so incidental to the overall car as a whole as to be ludicrous. Like door handles that have the words "dual overhead cam" written into them, or on the back of a Chevy Lumina where the little plastic logo glued on says "anti-lock brakes". (In a world where ALL new cars come with ABS, cars like that look really silly.)
The fact that S&W put "STAINLESS" on the slide in big, noticeable letters like that really puts me off the gun. Well, I wasn't on my way out to buy one anyway, but this sort of clinches my decision.
Obviously this is a personal-taste issue: I recognize that it doesn't affect the functional use of the gun one iota. But how do you feel about these gimmicks, and why?