I recently purchased a P-3AT, did the F&B and hit the range with about 150 rounds - all went well. I will soon be replacing my P-32 with this gun as a BUG. I told a friend of mine about it, showed him the gun and he immediately went to one of our local dealers and purchased his 3-AT. for CCW purposes. My barrel looks like typical uncoated steel. His is flat black. Did he get the parkerized model? I got mine for $240, he got his from the same dealer for $249, just a few weeks later.