After learning of my new obsession with 1911s, a good friend mentioned that he had an old, gov't. issue 1911 and offered to let me check it out. He was given the gun by his wife's grandfather who brought it home from serving in the Korean War. My friend has done some research and is thinking the gun was built in 1918. For some reason, I'm awestruck by the gun. I feel like it's a piece of history and wonder what stories it could tell. I would like to detail strip and clean the gun. I still feel like a 1911 newbie, but I have detail stripped my DW a couple of times without any issues. I'm assuming this pistol would not be a whole lot different? I anticipate some heavy duty cleaning and wonder if soaking the parts in something would be a good idea? Any advice would be appreciated.