If you modify it to a snubby, are you going to use it/carry it?
Here's the deal. Let's say I had a grandson who inherited my Ruger LC9 after I croak in 2070. He decided to upgrade it by installing a ceramic barrel, new springs and re-finish the slide to get make it look nicer - oh, and he plans on actually carrying that gun (in my 2070 world 2nd A's far outnumber the antis). I'd be smiling from my grave - might even wonder why he hasn't installed one of those new auto-aiming devices.
Now, if my grandson decides to gold plate my Hi-Power, or glue garnets on my Steyr GB, I'm going to make it KABOOM on him!