A close friend of mine lost his grandfather about 2 months ago. In talking to gramps over coffee last year, i found out that he was involved in the battle of Stalingrad during WWII. The man had some cool stories to say the least, I wasn't interested in the stuff in the history books, I like to learn about the day to day stuff, worst meal you ate, closest friend, what you did with your downtime, etc. We lost him 3 days after his 92nd birthday. One of the items passed to his grandson is a Mosin Nagant 91\30 that is pretty beat up. His dad is a gunsmith, so he offered to go over the operating systems, and I was asked to refinish the stock in a walnut stain and seal it for him. I am honored to do so, and here is where I'm at so far. Stripped, sanded smooth, stained, and temporarily reassembled to keep the parts all in one place after his dad dropped of the butt plate and fore end cap this afternoon. I will be leaving the dents in the wood as per their request. They want it done in the same way gramps would want it, IOW still able to tell it's story. Tomorrow I will strip it down again and start the oiling process. Yes, he will keep it as a shooter, but it will also be a display piece inside a shadowbox with his grandfather's picture and medals. I will get pics of the completed display as well for all to enjoy.