I think that you are exaggerating for effect here. The letter stamping may be offensive to you but it doesn't look all that bad to me. It probably won't bother most purchasers who are not die-hard purists either. The barrel / magazine tube gap of which you speak just isn't that noticeable to me either. As for the firing pin block in the firing pin extension, you make this sound like some gigantic mass visible from a football field away. Actually it's a tiny discrete device consisting of a couple of small parts enclosed inside an otherwise normal looking firing pin extension. And when the bolt is closed you can't see it at all. I would prefer a stock 1873 firing pin extension myself but this device would not be a deal breaker for me. And the aftermarket parts weren't sold to improve reliability. They were sold because CAS purists wanted them so that the firing pin extension would be more period correct in function and appearance. But then CAS shooters want all sorts of race gun parts in their rifles that other buyers will never require or want. As for the availability of aftermarket parts, only CAS users will really care. Depending on Miroku for parts isn't a problem any more than depending on Uberti for parts is. CAS shooters can continue to buy their Ubertis to trick them out as race guns, with aluminum carriers, short stroke kits, and whatever else allows them to cycle them at Mach 2 for serious competition. But for those shooters who just want a high quality and very attractive 1873 replica that works properly out of the box and shoots accurately, the Miroku will do very nicely.