I'm a big fan of both Mark Novak and Eric at Iraq Veteran 8888. In this video they pair their platforms to talk about collecting, maintenance and how to preserve guns that we all love.
Mark has made the point many times that no one can tell him when rust becomes patina. That is a point well taken. They also talk about the guns that are found in closets or attics, and how to bring them back to life.
What struck me is looking forward, 50 years from now, the guns that folks will be fining in closets will be AR15s, or that old SKS, or some AK variant. And, at that point, my 1964 Winchester 94 will be over 100 years old. I need to make firm plans to get the safe queens out and do a little basic maintenance.
When does rust and grime become patina? That is a very good question.