I happen to agree with your stance. You also make a good point about how Ishapore's were transported versus their "original" finish. Yes, I wonder if perhaps they were coated in varying types of substances...not just paint? I'm just not sure. Fortunately for us, there are so many military firearms from history past, which were subjected to alterations and changes. I say "fortunately" because it allows for many niche collecting circles. For example, British Lend Lease Garands (as you mentioned) have increased in value as that particular M1 niche grew...as have Russian Capture items and East German VOPO equipment (just to name a few).