I would say take a chance on an oldie. I bought a 1918 Rem UMC in 75% all original. And I have'nt touched it for 8 months. Its in a safe at dads. I also have a Colt Commercial 1916 in 97%. I know its all the original parts. But have'nt a clue about original finish. I would have to say finish is much younger than gun, maybe 40 yrs old or so. But its a great gun as are any from Colt and others young and old. I think if you got the money, you are quite sure of what your getting. Where as in a 40s A1 your getting a military & or civilian project piece. Who cares its your money and gun if wanted the A1 or A1 remake.