Very cool gun and a GREAT story.
I'm not one of those folks who savor wear on their firearms like some appear to appreciate. But, I've been learning to keep my guns "truthful to their history" and resisting the urge to pretty them up.
Your gun does seem to have ridden on the path less trodden, but the stories it tells through the surface of its skin are not unlike the jewels of wisdom one can get from a cane-totin', grizzle-faced uncle wearin the same overalls as he has for decades. He's been there, done that and the stories he has corraled up into that creakin' rocking chair far exceed the cost he paid in looks and health. He paid them in honest time and effort and now offers them to YOU, if you'll only listen.
I'm "learnin' to listen" more as I get older.
The United States Constitution is not under glass to protect it from the dust of the ages, but rather from the fingerprints of those who are elected to uphold it.