A couple days ago I was able to snag a 1952 A5 from a local shop for $215 out the door. Overall condition seemed ok, but was masked by a layer of terrible black paint. With the help of Rudolph31, I realized that the barrel was not the original. This barrel was only 19.5", had a vent rib and removable choke. While I love having an interchangeable choke, this choke seems very odd and finding the same type of choke in different patterns may prove to be difficult. Since this example is void of it's original barrel, I think this would be a good candidate to try and bring some life back into it. Figured this would be a good place to document the progress, that way anybody with experience and or personal opinions on the work to be done can put it here so I, and maybe some others can learn a thing or two through the process. I apologize for not having any pictures of the gun as I bought it, I have a nasty habit of tearing them down as soon as I get home to see what I really have. Many pictures to come. So far my plans are..... Slow rust blue for the metal- Not sure on the wood finish since all I have ever worked with is True Oil. I know it provides a great finish but would not look period correct on this gun. But then again, neither does a 19.5" **Special Steel barrel.