It don't look bad at all and for 250 I taken my chance on it also.
Just make sure you go out and shoot it unlike previous owner who thought it was a hammer
As far as the front grip goes do you think you can maybe sand it down using light grain sandpaper. The SS# does not look like it was in graved that deep. Maybe just light sanding to make it a little smoother then refinish it might cause that to disappear.