To me the history of an M1 (or any other surplus rifle) is in the dings, dents, gouges,etc.
I set and hold the rifle thinking of what the soldier was doing when those blimishes appeared, what was he doing.
I'm setting here looking at my new 1898 Krag. It got dings on the stock, almost look like knotcehs, since they are evenly spaced. I can't imagine how they got there, my imaganation's been going wild.
(probabley for a baracks rifle rack but I still wonder).
So I guess you can figure how I feel about restoring old military rifles.
CPT USAR Ret
USAMU Sniper School Oct '78
Distinguished Rifle Badge 1071