I think they should stick with M-1 Garands or M-14's for this kind of stuff, wooden stocks just look better! The color looks good, there's the obvious face shadows because of the no flash request, other than that it looks good to me!
M-1's are especially dressy when the stocks are hand-finished.
In my Navy days, we used chromed 03-A3's for our drill team rifles. We each custom-finished our own stocks. Tru-oil was the finish of choice. We also made bayonet scales from broken stocks to replace the original bakelite scales.