Previously I received a P226R that was rated fair`;` it was nearly pristine in appearance and function. Maybe that experience clouds this purchase. This P229 arrived with more than fifteen shiny dings of various sizes and bright yellow painted grips. Someone recently, judging by the shiny marks, tried to back out the grip screws, maybe to put on different grips, but instead nearly stripped out the slotted head on one of the top grip screws. I havent been able to remove it yet. Mechanically it looks great and runs as it should. Inside the grip it looks like new. Very clean and well cared for on the inside, which is what counts. I am glad I got it during a reduced price sale, however, and not at the current listed price of $479.99.