Hello all, Got the 1911 bug this time last year with a new production Colt. But now I have the opportunity to get my hands on an original Colt made in 1943 marked "Property of US Government" a good friend that was issued this gun many years back has it, and he said that one of the armorers in San Francisco went through it about 20 years ago after meeting him in a bar and starting up an "Army buddy" conversation. I have had the opportunity to shoot it, could'nt tell where the rounds were going, but it was fun. It even has the original holster. But the finish on the front strap is completely worn off. Other than oil, could I do anything to protect the finish without taking away from it's value ( not that I would ever sell it) or distract form its originality? He said he'd leave it to me in his will, but he can get forgetful, and he's getting older, so he said he'd trade me for a Ruger stainless cowboy gun in .45 long colt. Going to the gun shop today to see if I can trade my .44 Bisley toward what he wants. He already gave me a box of VERY old .45 ammo, but I told him that they are collectors items. Not gonna shoot 'em. And the box is in perfect shape.