Hey guys, I wasn't referring directly about the AK pictured above. That AK looks fantastic and the color is superb! Most of my firearms do have a finish that is a notch or two above their original finish---some with dings and some without. A lot of folks, IMHO, over sand their "military" wood using superfine sandpapers as if they were refinishing antique mahogany tables, and then they put a super gloss finish on it. I see it all the time at gun shows and such. Now, I will use superfine abrasives, steel wool, etc, and even polishing compounds on my final finish coat, weather it be shellac or an oil type finish. A deep polished luster looks good, too and so does a low sheen hand rubbed wax finish. I was just trying to say that a super glossy plastic looking finish is more appropriate when shooting with the patch on the elbows, crowd. Pull!