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Just getting setup at the show and found my first score. 22 bolt for a 73, just needs the extractor.

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Cool.  Wish I was there.  Maybe next April.  Wife has other plans this year.  Say Hi to your 2 partners.

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Sounds like a great start. Enjoy!

 

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Congrats Bob!

I did not know what they even look like so I probably walked right past it.  

I scored a Model 69 JTSS with the most gorgeous figure in the butt I have ever seen on a 69 as well as another half-dozen Winchesters which I probably don’t need but seemed like a deal at the time.

Sorry I missed you but I was “walking fast” most days just to see everything and spent very little time at my table.

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A 69 with pretty wood? I’m calling BS on this one, my friend! Pics or it didn’t happen……When you get time….Please….Wink

 

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Won’t be home for another week but of course, pics are a must!

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Won’t be home for another week but of course, pics are a must!

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Safe travels. Congrats on your acquisitions, Jeff.

 

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Jeff,

It was on Norm Vegely’s table. He had Henry, 66 and 73 parts including early external spring tang sights. Another guy had a lot of sights from receiver sight to midrange verniers  and windage fronts and many I couldn’t identify. The hitch was you had to buy the lot for $6200 if I remember right.

There was a lack of nice 73’s but more 76’s than I’ve seen before.

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Jeff,

It was on Norm Vegely’s table. He had Henry, 66 and 73 parts including early external spring tang sights. Another guy had a lot of sights from receiver sight to midrange verniers  and windage fronts and many I couldn’t identify. The hitch was you had to buy the lot for $6200 if I remember right.

There was a lack of nice 73’s but more 76’s than I’ve seen before.

Bob 

Ah, yes, I remember that sight pile, I poked through it several times and there was lots of good stuff, just not $6200 worth for me.

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 I spent two days walking the Tulsa Show looking for nice original guns, not easy. I remember always coming home from Tulsa gun poor, not the last few years. The rare guns are the original ones. I find myself looking at other make and model guns in nice condition to feed the hobby. I refuse to buy Bubba junk. Maybe the nice guns are going to the auction companies. T/R

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TR said Maybe the nice guns are going to the auction companies. T/R
  

No “maybe” about it!  Ask any long-time dealer what’s happened to the guns that, pre-internet, owners brought into shows to sell.  Or the large collections they used to be invited to appraise.  And it’s not just the big national auction houses like Rock Island that are now sucking them up; dozens of small auctioneers all over the country advertise their services locally, including coming to your front door to pick them up.

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TR and Clarence,  Surely hate it but have to agree on this point.  I live in a “big” town of 2800 people and we now have a firearms auction company with at least nation wide if not international marketing over the internet only.  The fellow’s dad and uncles owned a very big auction that used to auction large farm equipment a couple of times per year plus lots of farm ground.  During the pandemic they went to internet only auctioning and it was so easy and brought in so much money that is all they do now.  So–seeing the success plus not having anymore room for relatives, the fellow started his own business and is very happy with it.  He finds out about the closet collectors (defined as men who quietly collect often nice firearms) over a tri state area and picks up the items and showcases them to the world.  He is making a small fortune supposedly.  No more buying at reasonable rates around here on a person to person basis.  I hate it but it is the way of the near future at least.  Tim

PS.  No more viewing in person, either, for most folks.  

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I’d love to walk the aisles of the Tulsa show and a few others someday when I retire but at this time I have no guns I want to sell and nothing I’m looking to buy. This is due partly due to market conditions. I’m going to the TGCA show in two weeks with four interesting Winchesters, maybe a few books, and some WACA recruiting materials. Nothing for sale and only a few hundred dollars in my pocket. I don’t believe collector shows are the best place to buy and sell collectable firearms today and I’m not a fan of the auction formats. 

 

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A 69 with pretty wood? I’m calling BS on this one, my friend! Pics or it didn’t happen……When you get time….Please….Wink

Mike  

Here ya go Mike,

Find me another late model 69 Junior Target Shooter’s Special with better wood and you will be my new hero!  

Not sure how this wood ended up on a Model 69, they usually culled these blanks for the 75 Sporting rifles.  The figure must not have been readily apparent or the blank pulled from the wrong pile for this 69.  Either way, I like it!

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Wow, very nice indeed. Hard to say how that wood wound up on that gun but I’m glad it did. Of course, if they had decided to put it on my 75 Sporter I would have been OK with that. 
Thanks for posting the pics, glad you were able to snag it.

 

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Wow, very nice indeed. Hard to say how that wood wound up on that gun but I’m glad it did. Of course, if they had decided to put it on my 75 Sporter I would have been OK with that. 

Thanks for posting the pics, glad you were able to snag it.

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I wasn’t shopping for more 69’s at Tulsa but at $425 I could not walk past that one!  It is clean and unmodified, JTSS in original configuration are getting hard to find, many have had a rear swivel added to the butt or other shooter modifications (they were originally supplied with only a front swivel).

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TXGunNut said

Wow, very nice indeed. Hard to say how that wood wound up on that gun but I’m glad it did. Of course, if they had decided to put it on my 75 Sporter I would have been OK with that. 

Thanks for posting the pics, glad you were able to snag it.

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I wasn’t shopping for more 69’s at Tulsa but at $425 I could not walk past that one!  It is clean and unmodified, JTSS in original configuration are getting hard to find, many have had a rear swivel added to the butt or other shooter modifications (they were originally supplied with only a front swivel).

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I would have bought it just for the wood and not fully recognized the desirable configuration until I got home to my reference library.

 

 

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Not sure how this wood ended up on a Model 69, they usually culled these blanks for the 75 Sporting rifles.  The figure must not have been readily apparent or the blank pulled from the wrong pile for this 69.  Either way, I like it!

Phenomenal!  On any standard grade model, inc. even a Sporting Model.   I would be more inclined to believe it was no “accident,” but that someone with “connections” at the factory, such as a dealer, or factory exec, ordered & paid for a special selection.  Maybe a rich kid’s X-mas present.

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Beautiful wood on that model 69. Glad you picked it up.

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