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After some lengthy negotiations, I was able to secure the 218 bee model 65 from WACA member Henry Mero. Made in 1938(Ser # 1004121). It’s in almost new condition and I rate it 98%+. It was the missing piece in another lineage I wanted to complete and fits the condition of the others. Bad lighting but still worth showing in a couple photos below. Thanks Henry. 

 

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Those matching showcases are what “makes” the display.  Did you have them built or find them somewhere?  Whichever, they are the best I’ve ever seen.

Here’s something I had made close to 50 yrs ago by a custom display case maker who used to bring his cases to gunshows:

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Those matching showcases are what “makes” the display.  Did you have them built or find them somewhere?  Whichever, they are the best I’ve ever seen.

Here’s something I had made close to 50 yrs ago by a custom display case maker who used to bring his cases to gunshows:

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Very nice Clarence. The green or red backgrounds are my favorite.  

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Rick C said
After some lengthy negotiations, I was able to secure the 218 bee model 65 from WACA member Henry Mero. Made in 1938(Ser # 1004121). It’s in almost new condition and I rate it 98%+. It was the missing piece in another lineage I wanted to complete and fits the condition of the others. Bad lighting but still worth showing in a couple photos below. Thanks Henry. 

 

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Rick,

Congrats on acquiring your new (old) Model 65 218 Bee rifle!  For your records, it was actually manufactured in late May or early June 1939.  S/N 1004153 has been confirmed in the PR records as a June 10th, 1939 production 218 Bee rifle.

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Thank you Bert and appreciate the correct DOM. I was using the post below but it was in 2017 so obviously updated since then. 

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Very nice.  That’s quite a collection you got going.  What’s next?

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Very nice.  That’s quite a collection you got going.  What’s next?

  

Thanks Steve. I’m done for a while lol. 

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Thank you Bert and appreciate the correct DOM. I was using the post below but it was in 2017 so obviously updated since then. 

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Yes, it has been updated in more recent times.  My many different research projects continue to provide new updates to many of the various historical aspects and information.

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Very nice.  That’s quite a collection you got going.  What’s next?

  

Thanks Steve. I’m done for a while lol. 

  

Many here have said that.  Routinely Wink

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Very nice.  That’s quite a collection you got going.  What’s next?

  

Thanks Steve. I’m done for a while lol. 

  

Many here have said that.  Routinely Wink

  

Haha yes many who know me Steve have heard it also. I spent the entire years budget on this 65, and 53 & 55 in the past 6 weeks, so being broke now is an understatement!

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Rick C said

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Very nice.  That’s quite a collection you got going.  What’s next?

  

Thanks Steve. I’m done for a while lol. 

  

Many here have said that.  Routinely Wink

  

Haha yes many who know me Steve have heard it also. I spent the entire years budget on this 65, and 53 & 55 in the past 6 weeks, so being broke now is an understatement!

  

Rick – now you need to start adding checkered examples – the hard one is the 53.

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😅 Maybe trade up Burt…one at a time!

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I think the 65 should be under the 53 and then bump the other two down, keep the progressions together. Just sayin.

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I think the 65 should be under the 53 and then bump the other two down, keep the progressions together. Just sayin.

  

Or, put the 53 & 55 above the 65 & 64.  Another option would be the 53 & 65 and then the 55 & 64.

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Very nice, indeed, Rick! Thanks for taking time to display and share them, regardless of the “correct” order. These days I only have room (and funds!) for the 92’s and 94’s but the cousins are sure fun to look at.

 

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Yes thanks Steven and Bert. I think you’re both right. I agree both gotta go together. 

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Very nice, indeed, Rick! Thanks for taking time to display and share them, regardless of the “correct” order. These days I only have room (and funds!) for the 92’s and 94’s but the cousins are sure fun to look at.

 

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Thanks Mike. I was the same with collecting the original models & the cousins not a serious consideration. Now, I like them just as much. 

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 Beautiful collection .thanks for posting.

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Thanks 28 gauge and good call on the arrangement gentlemen, I like it!

 

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Rick C said

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Rick C said

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Very nice.  That’s quite a collection you got going.  What’s next?

  

Thanks Steve. I’m done for a while lol. 

  

Many here have said that.  Routinely Wink

  

Haha yes many who know me Steve have heard it also. I spent the entire years budget on this 65, and 53 & 55 in the past 6 weeks, so being broke now is an understatement!

  

Rick –

But doesn’t it make you want to chuckle – how you are able to trade scraps of paper – for something as fine as these rifles Laugh

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