Once, again, I agree with all so far and urge you NOT to a make any alterations to the ol' boy.Don't hurt the old soldier! If the gun is "issue" please find a beater to cobble up, not a nice, origional one in good shape. They are getting haard to find. Treat it with the respect it's due. I vote to leave it alone but, it's not my gun. Your call but consider what I and others say if you will.