Doc Neely, that is beautiful.
Mosin Nagant, just didn't like the red color. for the hardcore purists- I'm sorry. Picture sucks, but it's colonial walnut stained. I don't even know what kind of wood it is, I know there were several types used.
That is gorgeous.One of my Mustangs
I got this little guy plain jane with a few handling marks and sent it to Jim Downing who engraved the slide and reblued it after. I then added the sambar grips. One of my favorites to carry.
Here's before and after pics.
I did the same thing with my nickled Mustang II but it got MOP grips.
There is a lot of very nice, professional work in this thread, producing some very attractive firearms.
I don't refinish guns. If it was too ugly to begin with, I leave it in the store. A refinish, on a nice gun, generally lowers the value and the pieces are as much investment to me as hobby. I may replace sights on working guns, or replace grip panels, but those are the kinds of things that can be undone.
Yesterday, my son and I were shooting and he brought out his Smith and Wesson model 1917. The gun had a really nice bright blue refinish and all I could think was, "what a shame."
That is a matter of personal perspective. There is no right or wrong answer.I hear that a lot and people forget that rusty beat up guns do not command high prices, so refinishing them is not diminishing any value. You even admit that if a gun is "ugly" you leave it in the store....as do most collectors, therefor there value is not what people think it is.
I agree that a military surplus rifle that is original should be left with its patina, same for an old gun that has a famous or family history to it . But a blanket statement that refinishing guns ruins their value is incorrect. A gun that has been refinished correctly is worth more than what it was when it was rusty.