Originally Posted by opsshadowninja
wow. thanks for the history lesson. that makes this gun so much more interesting now and ill have a cool back story wen im showing it off. but as for the reblueing job, it really needs it because my dad rubbed all of the original blue off with a p[iece of sand paper years ago. now its silver and rusted with some pits in the metal. im hoping to shine her up again
It's too bad your dad did that, if you get a chance, slap him once for me...
However, it sounds like you have a cherished Familly airloom and given the damage done by neglect and you pop there is no reason to no refinish it as a shooter and enjoy memories of your Granddad everytime you use it!
Another interesting side note. I'm not sure how much you know about the guns designer, JM Browing, but he is still considered the greatest gun designer of all time having brought about a sea change in gun designs with:
Colt Model 1911...Most successful handgun of all time
Auto 5...First successful semi auto shotgun
BAR "Browning Automatic Rifle" WWII issue
M2 Machine gun .50 BMG "still used by US forces"
Several Pocket Auto's that set the stage for every modern CCW Gun
Browning Hi Power...First Hi Cap 9 mm and considered by many an improvement on the 1911
John Browning has an 8th grade education, lived in Utah, and developed most of his designs in his workshed. The man was a genius, I'd recommend doing a little research on him. Knowing the mind that conceived your Gramps gun will only enhance your enjoyment of it...