I looked in my edition of Ball's book and the pics aren't the best (too dark to clearly see the bands). My guess is that it is original finish, as I can't imagine that they would have stripped the underside as well. Many pics on the net with blued parts were the roughed-up military reworks, many of which were reblued--including the receivers. The remainder of blueing on this rifle appears original, as it has that unmistakable DWM softness with slight incandescence.
I've also since noticed that the rifle has one of two stock cartouches but generally not both.
Pics to follow.
Last edited by surg_res; September 23, 2008 at 06:03 PM.