I suck at making things with my hands. With how OCD I am about my own personal work / projects I would never be satisfied with my own work and I would end up ruining probably everything. Plus I’d rather pay someone who does this sort of thing for a living to get a quality job–thus contributing to their business.
Also, is a Star BM historically significant enough to not take one that’s already lost most of its bluing and turn it to something a little more durable and weather resistant for EDC? I know there are not a whole lot made but they aren’t really much of a collector’s item enough to warrant not touching at least one of them. In 20+ years maybe, but in 20 years there will be so few complete pistols in fully working order that it won’t matter unless someone starts reproducing the parts.
Keep in mind this is an exploratory thread, so thing’s concrete yet.