It looks like that in real life too, not just the photo. I think the lucky Irishman piece is blued, it doesn't look like anodizing. I had plans to contour it to the receiver a little better on a belt sander and spray paint it but, I don't really care enough to go to the effort. I'm not super wild about the no cross bolts as well but it seems very secure. Truthfully my point of concern as far as longevity is concerned is at the point of the Haga adapter to the mbt stock. The haga adapter is aluminum and the mbt is polymer, and well metal vs plastic, eventually the metal wins. Maybe not today, maybe not 10 years from now, but one day. It's lockup when closed is very secure, I just fear that folding and unfolding it too many times or too robustly may cause hinge failure. I've heard of that problem on the scar, but have never personally owned a scar. All this being said the mbt is growing on me the longer I have it.