I tend to agree with that. But, the 1916 that I bought, which was in a sporter stock (still a project gun) only needed to have the guts of the gun removed and dropped in an original stock to bring it back to "as original". Had he hacked off an inch of barrel or tapped the receiver for a scope the gun could never go back. I think that the image of a hack with a hacksaw is a good one, if not totally inclusive of the breed. Again, have fun, that's the main thing. What makes one man cringe makes another salivate.