I'd be down for some of those rusty parts as well. . .
Again junk abounds abroad
First of all most have a wrongful attitude that things need to be torched.
Actually variances are granted all the time
for example you can still often saw cut so long as a central chunk is omitted from the kitted up gun. Nothing really needs to be all slagged to crap however it is far easier to just follow the supplied destruction docs than to ask for a simple variance.
Barrels became a bit crazy per GW Bush
the devil here is these are barrels that are AGR, American Goods Returned
Some argue AGR is outside the Bush era ban but to argue it means serious money
Now if you found a mess of new BAR bbls overseas never installed, they can be lawfully imported currently. Bowman is doing it with SG43 and Yugo MG42 new old stock barrels right now. Buyers must sign a "Sporting use" statement though.
My own view is Colt was never very honest about things and just a crap pile of things items such as "lunch box" specials in many firearms companies were well known for decades.
At Winchester it was kinda seen as an employee perk up into at least the 1920s
Colt and S&W were not a great deal different in this practice
bunch of crap flowed out of Springfield Armory too.
Just a different era
Take care you don't impose current attitudes against the past as there was little to no regulation back then.
Edited by JimB, 18 January 2018 - 05:23 PM.