I am going to take a contrary position on the finish having learned to be very sceptical after living for a number of years in MO. The Dulite finish used on the original M1s, etc, guns was black oxide, not bluing. The finish in the pic seems be bluish although thinned and bleached by the flash. I am of the opinion that it is not an original finish. The pics on Johns site are indeterminate in regard to the finish.
The early black oxide finish is very difficult to capture with a flash as it washes out pretty dramatically and looks like park. If I can do it, Ill try getting some accurate pics of the color and texture of an original black oxide finish.
What is the small stamp in the pic of the bottom edge of the right front end of the receiver? It appears to have been struck after the edge was ground which is very curious given that the lower edge appears to have been ground with a full radius and is slightly curved, no longer straight. The standard M1s have a radius to a slight edge at the top of the radius, which is straight along the axis of the receiver. There is a darker bluish vertical strip right by the wood. Something going on here that does not look right to me.
Edited by Black River Militaria CII, 23 July 2018 - 09:49 PM.