Thanks for the compliments.
I have a friend who owns a machine shop and was looking to get into hot bluing. I bead-blasted the metal pieces and he rigged up a heated hot-bluing tray long enough for the barrel/receiver. The deep black of the newly-blued metal really contrasts with the maple of the wood. And it shoots as well as any run-of-the-mill not-shot-out 91/30.
For those who like to "keep it original", I have another 91/30 and a 91/38 that are and will forever remain stock.
No matter how big and tough you are, when a two-year-old hands you a toy phone you'll answer it.