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To Restore or Not to Restore, That is the Question

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To Restore or Not to Restore, That is the Question

Would you restore?
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I’m a purist. Sometimes.

I tend to think you should generally leave historical specimen guns alone. For example, I’ve got a Japanese Type 99 Arisaka that’s in great condition. It’s missing that jangly monopod, but probably because the soldier who cared for it tossed it in the Okinawa surf in a fit of frustration. I don’t plan on doing a thing to it other than regular cleaning. I shoot it, of course, because that’s what it’s made for. But you won’t find me sanding and refinishing the stock or thinking about refinishing the metal. And I have no intentions of mounting an Aimpoint Micro on it, even if I had the 3x magnifier to go with it.

Sometimes, deciding whether you should restore and refinish an old gun is easy.

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