Everyone has their own way of doing things. So here is what I did with a 97 that was much worse than yours. I went to wally world and got citious organge wood striper took all the wood off the gun. Then put the wood in a metal bucket took an old paint brush and went to town on brushing on the stripper. Did that several times, let it set over nite. Washed it off next morning with warm water. Let it dry slow in the house. Several days later another old paint brush put several heavy coats of old english wood oil for dark wood on it. Let it dry several days. Set it out in the hot sun once it was hot or warm to the touch I took and old T shirt rubbed all the excess off the wood. Then put Johnson paste wax for floors on it buffer it a good long while. Turned out great, so great if fact a friend had to have it paid me twice what I paid for the gun to start with.