Chainfire, sorry for the late reply. I really appreciate the tip about acetone, I didn't even know you could use that stuff on guns. As much as I hate to admit it, you're probably right about the blood permanently etching the finish. It's a real shame considering the finish was much nicer and uniform before this whole tragedy happened. And hey, no worries about that personal question, I completely understand. It's sad to know that there are gun enthusiasts who've gone through the same thing I have, and while I know some go out of their way to reclaim their firearms and restore them, I know many out there either sell them or have them destroyed, and those are perfectly reasonable decisions. I honestly agree with you, in general even just the thought of keeping a firearm used in a suicide, especially if you knew the person or were close them, can be quite disturbing and even downright scary. When I learned I could get our 1911 back, I questioned myself for a bit, wondering if I was so desensitized by the violence in our society and my thoughts were so clouded with my love of guns that I'd overlook this terrible, traumatic incident with my father and what he did with it, just so I could keep this old collectible 1911. I've even thought about selling it since it's still worth quite a bit, even in the state it's in now, and put that money towards another collectible firearm that I could enjoy just as much if not more. But as weird as this sounds, this is one gun I never planned to let go, even after what my dad with it. I feel such a strong connection with it since it's got a lot of family history, and I feel that in spite of what it's been through, a part of my dad's soul will remain with me as long as I keep it. I know that sounds weird, but hopefully I worded it in a way that you understand.