Purchased my 45c at a local dealer; it had been sitting in the display for well over 3 years. Price was right, however I was told it was a variant 1 (no sticker, or indication on the case it came with as to what variant it is). The decock doesn't work- it's only a safety- which leads me to believe it's the 9th variant. It says Made in Germany which is great- however I'm perplexed by the safety- the S and F aren't colored- it's all black plastic (not painted/markered out). Plus the rt. slide release is almost a red in color- no black paint left and when the hammer is all the way down, it makes some noise when moving the pistol. I can't believe people touching the gun can wear it off that much.. Anyways- what is your opinion with the safety- has it been replaced- or is this something normal on early models of this pistol? I'm a purest and would like to know; haven't even shot it yet just wondering if someone dropped it or something and had to replace parts. Thanks.