The Ruger MKII pictured here is what I call my "fishin' gun." It wears a Clark Custom palmswell grip that changes the MKII grip angle to that of a 1911. I wish Clark still marketed that grip. I have a Volquartsen sear and trigger in the pistol as well. The muzzle is silver now, and the grip metal finish is worn away to a lovely brown tone. Gun oil and continued use keeps the rust demons away.
The Model 17-3 was purchased from Dave's pawn shop a few years back. I had searched gun shows and pawn shops a long time for a Model 17 priced under $200. Dave sold me this one for a buck less than that. The finish wear made it affordable, but the old gun is no less accurate than it ever was. If a person is a revolver shooter, they should not wait as I did. I was extremely lucky to find a Model 17 in that price range.
Finish wear is actually a good thing in a lot of ways. I don't have to worry terribly about that first bit of silver appearing on the muzzle. I take care of the old handguns, but they can be stuffed into a holster and spend the day bouncing around on the bench seat of a pick-up truck, or riding on my hip. And that's what a handgun should do.