As the story goes, the owner had left this under the back seat of a Jeep for several years, having completely forgotten about it. Here is how it looked before beginning the restoration
The 1st step as usual is to disassemble the gun, then remove all the old bluing and rust that I can with Naval Jelly.
After dis-assembly I found more rust under the grips and a ton of grease in the grip frame
I then degreased, cleaned and removed the rust and old bluing with naval jelly. The process is just beginning. I will now start to remove the pitting and embedded rust.
After the wire wheel removed the left over scale from the Naval Jelly, we could see how far the rust pitted the metal. This is worse than I thought
The barrel is already showing signs of improvement
Here is the barrel/receiver after one round on the buffer
some before and after comparisons
The barrel before & after
Another shot of the progression on the barrel