Yesterday, I was at a pawn shop when an older couple brought in the lady's fathers WWII Colt 1911A1, 1941 vintage. They didn't know much and were looking at getting rid of it. I left and when I got to the truck, something told me to wait and sure enough, they walked back out with the pistol. I asked what they wanted for it and the lady said, "More than the $400 they wanted to give me" Needless to say, I ended up with the pistol for $600. The problem with it is that the gun is blued and sat in a holster, literally since the man brought the gun home and it rusted very nicely. The people, not knowing what they were doing to the finish, polished it with a scrubbing cloth and literally took the finish completely off. There is rust pitting on the right side and around the front sight area. the gun was probably completely covered with some surface rust. I know it is a project gun, but here is where I need the help. I know that if I have the gun re-blued, it will loose most of it's value right off the top. Should I blue the gun or leave it shiney like a new nickel?