The somment above about non shiny finished and my opinion of the reasons most often cited were not then and are not now intended as personal slights towards yourselves or anyone in particular. For the record, I have no problem if you like your gun matte black, camo, or any other color and finish.
The comment was aimed mostly at factory riflemakers, who figured out that not polishing their metal parts would save a significant amount of money per unit, and then found a way to foist off this lazy, money grubbing poor practice as a feature, and charge MORE for it!
Do whatever the heck you want with your gun, as you so aptly pointed out it IS your rifle! Considering I'll not ever likely meet you in person, it makes no real difference to me!
I was simply trying to be humorous, with the gold and nickel thing. If my sense of humor is lacking, or my delivery is less than graceful, the fault lies entirely with me, and I am sorry I so offended you.
For what it's worth (which I fear may not be much, I suppose), here is the official apology. I never meant anything by it, and I am sorry.