The number one deal-breaker on buying a gun for me is the lack of neatness and legibility in the markings. The very first thing I check on a gun that interests me is the markings. If I don't like the markings, I tell the gun clerk to put the thing right back in the showcase or on the rack. From about 1980 or so, markings on firearms have progressively gone downhill. You might have to pay $2K+ for a new gun with nice markings. When putting letters and numbers on guns, this is where gun makers often skimp the most. It is these superb old-school markings that I miss the most on new guns.