Restoring an old defense pistol?
So my dad gave me an old Iver Johnson Defender .22 manufactured I think between 1889-1895. My great aunt used to carry it back in the 50's. The finish is very bad condition as you can see from the pictures. Most of the rust seems to be surface rust with very little pitting. oh buy the way this pistol has been sitting in a drawer in Florida for about 50 years. I have the original hard rubber grips just not shown here. The hammer will cock, but when you do the cylinder does not advance. The cylinder is not ceased. I can rotate it very easily with my fingers. The trigger works correctly, but the pin you pull to release the slide is ceased. I think a little WD will fix that! I just wondered if you guys thought it would better to restore it or leave it original? I thought it might be fun to restore it! its a cool little gun. any ideas how hard it would be? has anyone on here ever attempted this? what problems do you foresee?