November 7, 2015
Just another example of why our magazine has a permanent home on my coffee table or bookshelf while most others are trashed after reading. Good job! Just got started on the latest issue and Bert’s update of his 2013 Model 71 article did not disappoint. As promised it contains data collected since the article was first published. Interesting article about an interesting rifle. One member had an outstanding collection of 71’s in Cody, wish I could remember his name.
November 7, 2015
Pre-64 Relativity, indeed! G. Scott Soles’ article on the (late) Pre-64’s was very thought-provoking and well-written, IMHO. I agree that it is an unappreciated segment of the collectible Winchester market and I agree that many examples exhibit high condition and further the fit and finish is often quite good. My holdings in this segment are pretty slim but Soles’ excellent article raised some valid points, I may very well expand my horizons a bit. Most of us realize that high condition guns are king right now and many of the later pre-64’s are often in very good, often like new condition.
The subject of a collector’s focus and tastes have come up here on the forum from time to time and Soles touched on and elaborated on many of the points made. I still think we ought to collect what we like but I’ve managed to finance some of my collecting activities buying unappreciated Winchesters and selling them to collectors and dealers who appreciate them.
Good job, Scott!
Now if I could just talk Robert Cooper into letting me shoot a couple rounds of skeet with his engraved Model 12. The trap guys at the club get all misty-eyed when I shoot a round of trap with one of my old Model 12’s, might as well give the skeet folks something to drool over!