At the beginning of the year I inherited a M1911 (1918) from my deceased brother-in-law. He was a veteran of WWII: 27th Infantry division, Bronze Star & Purple Heart.
I have never owned a gun nor have I ever fired one, but I have since become interested in the history and mechanics of this iconic weapon. I will be taking a Handgun Qualification License course on Wednesday to learn about gun safety, etc. I have also detailed stripped the pistol and replaced a few springs so I am familiar with its parts and mechanics.
The pistol seems to be in good condition and authentic (I've been told this by many 1911 "experts." However, most of the original surface treatment has been polished off and I do not know how I should proceed.
(1) Do nothing, oil it, etc., maybe shoot it (not likely, except to actually see if it works).
(2) Parkerize it to protect the exposed surfaces.
(3) Sell it; I will not do this. There are too many personal memories associated with this pistol and my brother-in-law who I had a very close relationship with.
I'll end there except to say that I'm open to suggestions and I'm attaching some photos I took a few weeks ago.