since my other thread is so cluttered, i'll just let that one die and post new pics here. first it was blue, i stripped the blue paint then i stripped the blue paint, and painted it red. after painting it red, i decided i didn't like it like that, so i stripped the paint again. after i stripped the paint, i refinished the laminate wood, and added some polyurethane. this is what it looks like now, and this is how i'll keep it. next, i'm getting the bolt jewelled and polished, polishing all internal trigger parts, and possibly buying a Green Mountain 20" SS fluted barrel.