Buy the Spikes. I got a stripped lower from them when they were 89 bucks...wish I had bought more! Finish is a very dark satin black. I cannot recommend Spikes highly enough. I have a love for the platform and have experience with LMT, BCM, and Spikes firsthand. You can't go wrong and I'd take them into combat. Yes they are that good. BTW Colt and FN are also overrated. I have a ton of experience with them as well due to my job. Colt makes our M4's and FN makes our M16s. Our M16s are more reliable than our M4's but FN makes our SAW....eehhhh that's another story. If you get Spikes you'll be happy. I have a great upper from them.