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June 24, 2021 - 9:24 pm
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I have been wondering something to myself lately and decided to ask everyone for there thoughts. Hopefully I can properly state what I am trying to ask…….

i am sure everyone knows that feeling when you acquire a new to you Winchester….or any firearm/good lord I can’t believe I said that

maybe it’s something that popped up, or something that you have thought about for awhile. What I am referring to is that excitement of it being yours and going home to meet the rest of the family. Then there’s the fondling period(at least for me) the, what could be months, of looking at it shouldering it, wiping it down…..

What I am wondering is if as one gets older and more experienced, does that ‘buzz’ go away, stay, get worse,or maybe lessen?

i can say for myself that it only seems to be growing(at a possibly unhealthy pace?) I feel the more I learn and educate myself, the more I am able to find acquisitions that are correct, at that seems to be one of the most exciting parts of the whole deal.

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I hope it never goes away. With the older guns I feel like I’m touching history and that’s a big rush for me. Other guns I buy to learn about how they work. That’s pretty exciting, too. I started collecting rather late compared to most around here so I’ll likely never get bored with acquiring or learning about Winchesters. 

 

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TXGunNut said
I hope it never goes away. With the older guns I feel like I’m touching history and that’s a big rush for me. Other guns I buy to learn about how they work. That’s pretty exciting, too. I started collecting rather late compared to most around here so I’ll likely never get bored with acquiring or learning about Winchesters. 

 

Mike  

“… buy to learn about how they work”… that fits me over the years very well.

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 God I hope the rush never goes away. I have changed My collectors focus many times over the years just to keep the excitement of finding a new piece or filling a spot to complete a collection. Then the excitement of selling and being able to share what I’ve acquired and also the knowledge I’ve gained over the years and the wonder when I learn something new. I couldn’t think of a better hobby to be a part of , historically speaking, than antique firearms, especially Winchester and Colt. To be sitting at a gun show table and have some one pull a pristine antique , deluxe ’94  from an old gun case sure gets My pulse rate up anyways. At 73 there ain’t a lot of things can do that anymoreWink 

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Henry Mero said
 God I hope the rush never goes away. I have changed My collectors focus many times over the years just to keep the excitement of finding a new piece or filling a spot to complete a collection. Then the excitement of selling and being able to share what I’ve acquired and also the knowledge I’ve gained over the years and the wonder when I learn something new. I couldn’t think of a better hobby to be a part of , historically speaking, than antique firearms, especially Winchester and Colt. To be sitting at a gun show table and have some one pull a pristine antique , deluxe ’94  from an old gun case sure gets My pulse rate up anyways. At 73 there ain’t a lot of things can do that anymoreWink   

Thank you, Harry, for all you’ve contributed to this hobby and I hope the rush the rush never goes away for you. 

 

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Well let see………..  At age 79 my anxiety still builds as I examine a potential new acquisition.  Keeps me awake at times thinking about the new treasure in my gun room and where it might have been “way back when”.  As Henry Mero stated, I too have switched my collecting focus and now collect U.S. martially marked arms for the period 1795 to 1945.  Lots of history there and tons of good research on the guns and the period of use to put things into perspective.  

Speaking of which, exactly 145 years ago this morning, Col. George Armstrong Custer rode into the valley of the Little Big Horn committing 221 U.S. soldiers and countless Indians to the Happy Hunting Ground.  Down in the safe is a Model 1873 Springfield carbine in “as issued” configuration.  The stock has been shattered and repaired long ago with rawhide and brass tacks.  The serial number is 43332 which was issued to the cavalry during the last half of 1875 and falls withing the range of those guns issued to the 7th cavalry at Fort Abraham Lincoln prior to the historic confrontation.  I can’t prove it was there but it somehow left government service and saw a hard life presumably in the hands of a plains Indian warrior.  I think I will go down and check it out before the sun sets…… 

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