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https://auctions.morphyauctions.com/_a__outstanding__exceptionally_rare__extremely_hig-lot562421.aspx

  

It is will only cost you a few $$$$$$ … I say go for it!! Cool

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Fantastic guns in the Paul Friedrich collection.  Did anyone here know him?  He apparently liked high condition 1876 deluxe rifles.  

I call myself a collector as it sounds better than hoarder

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I agree with Bert, go for it! It’s only money Laugh

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I’m about $145,000 short of the minimum opening bid!

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RickC said
I’m about $145,000 short of the minimum opening bid!

  

Start checking between and under the seat cushions on your recliner chair and couch.  Another option is to raid your grandkids piggy banks.  If all else fails, find your rattiest looking set of clothes and shoes, make yourself a “poor me” cardboard pity sign, and then go park yourself on the corner of the busiest intersection in your local town/city with a dented change bucket.  If you can play a musical instrument, bring it along and play it for the masses that pass by.

Let us know how much you need by the end of next week.

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But the web of the tang completely replaced (sigh).  

When that gun was dropped – and stock and tang cracked or busted – I can’t imagine the emotion that would shoot through me.  I wonder who dropped the rifle?  If it was someone other than the owner, I would think they felt very very bad.  When I picture myself in that situation – let’s say the owner handed the rifle to to me look at – and I somehow dropped it – that would be a hard one to recover from.

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But the web of the tang completely replaced (sigh).  

When that gun was dropped – and stock and tang cracked or busted – I can’t imagine the emotion that would shoot through me.  I wonder who dropped the rifle?  If it was someone other than the owner, I would think they felt very very bad.  When I picture myself in that situation – let’s say the owner handed the rifle to to me look at – and I somehow dropped it – that would be a hard one to recover from.

  

Steve, I often have thought of that myself dropping one of my rare or high condition guns. I was holding one this morning thinking I wouldn’t want my wife to hear me and my profanity immediately after and then probably see me sobbing if it fell out of my hand and smashed on the floor.
Further to your comment, I can’t even imagine if it was someone else’s gun because I would now be the un-proud owner.

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But the web of the tang completely replaced (sigh).  

When that gun was dropped – and stock and tang cracked or busted – I can’t imagine the emotion that would shoot through me.  I wonder who dropped the rifle?  If it was someone other than the owner, I would think they felt very very bad.  When I picture myself in that situation – let’s say the owner handed the rifle to to me look at – and I somehow dropped it – that would be a hard one to recover from.

  

Steve, I often have thought of that myself dropping one of my rare or high condition guns. I was holding one this morning thinking I wouldn’t want my wife to hear me and my profanity immediately after and then probably see me sobbing if it fell out of my hand and smashed on the floor.

Further to your comment, I can’t even imagine if it was someone else’s gun because I would now be the un-proud owner.

  

Rick –

There’s a reality most of us don’t like to face.  We are all moving targets.  We all change every day and not in a good way.  What I mean is we are all getting old and decrepitude marches forward.  As age advances, the potential to drop something becomes greater.  If I sound like I know what I am talking about – I do Embarassed  For me, just walking is not like it used to be.  I could not possibly climb a ladder.  What I think about it is when I carry a rifle up or down stairs.  Particularly going down stairs.  My chance of falling is much higher than it once was.  More-so if I am carrying something vs. having both hands available to steady myself.  

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Hi Guys,

I say go for it too!

Speaking of falling I have had a couple of good ones in recent years. I live on a sheep farm have around 30 head border collies and two Great Pyrenees guard dogs that stay with the sheep. I feed out big 800-1000lbs square bales to them in the winter and load them onto a flat bed truck that has a host to dump them. I can load 6 bales on that truck.  For some reason I can’t fathom why, I sometimes climb up on the top bale and push them off the truck bed one at a time. Its not that hard to do actually since they move pretty easy off the bale below. Last year I drove the truck into the pasture and rather than dump the bale using the host I climbed up and pushed a bale off the truck bed. In the process I lost my balance and fell off the lower bale hit the bed of the truck and landed in the snow on my back. Of course when I was mid air it seemed to last an hour but when I hit the ground I had the wind knocked out of me. I lay there with light snow falling and heard a veiled voice ask “are you alright?” The road running along side the pasture obviously someone saw me fall. I took in some wind and said “sure I am fine thanks for asking” and I heard the car drive away. But what got me up was I saw our big guard dog coming over to investigate if I hadn’t gotten up I am sure he would have peed on me marking his territory. I never knew who stopped and asked how I was but I am sure its a local. It really stinks getting old! 

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Hi Guys,

I say go for it too!

Speaking of falling I have had a couple of good ones in recent years. I live on a sheep farm have around 30 head border collies and two Great Pyrenees guard dogs that stay with the sheep. I feed out big 800-1000lbs square bales to them in the winter and load them onto a flat bed truck that has a host to dump them. I can load 6 bales on that truck.  For some reason I can’t fathom why, I sometimes climb up on the top bale and push them off the truck bed one at a time. Its not that hard to do actually since they move pretty easy off the bale below. Last year I drove the truck into the pasture and rather than dump the bale using the host I climbed up and pushed a bale off the truck bed. In the process I lost my balance and fell off the lower bale hit the bed of the truck and landed in the snow on my back. Of course when I was mid air it seemed to last an hour but when I hit the ground I had the wind knocked out of me. I lay there with light snow falling and heard a veiled voice ask “are you alright?” The road running along side the pasture obviously someone saw me fall. I took in some wind and said “sure I am fine thanks for asking” and I heard the car drive away. But what got me up was I saw our big guard dog coming over to investigate if I hadn’t gotten up I am sure he would have peed on me marking his territory. I never knew who stopped and asked how I was but I am sure its a local. It really stinks getting old! 

Rob

  

Rob –

 

That’s a fun story.  Two parts really stood out to me.  One, “For some reason I can’t fathom why….”  We’ve all been there!  And two, “sure I am fine thanks for asking” when you hadn’t even got up yet and really didn’t know that was actually true.  We’ve all been there too!

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“Tuck and roll” is getting to be a tougher trick to pull off entering my seventh decade on the planet. (Did I really write that?) Last time I (nearly) pulled it off I nearly fell into a campfire at hunting camp. I knew I had lost my balance while poking the fire in a pit so I pushed off to clear the fire and executed a near-perfect tuck and roll while spilling less than half my drink-a rather impressive bourbon. I actually suffered a moderate sprain to my right shoulder but the other hunters were quite impressed when I finished the maneuver on my feet so I kept that to myself. 
It’s tough getting old but I prefer it to the alternative. 

 

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I was attending a Shotgun show in Los Vegas some years back, talking with a shotgun builder from England (by the name Roberts – no relation) when someone (not me) knocked a very expensive shotgun off of a table in the adjoining booth. I thought that I had heard all the cuss words but I heard some new ones spoken in a foreign language which I did not understand but it was obvious that US relations took a hit.

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I was attending a Shotgun show in Los Vegas some years back, talking with a shotgun builder from England (by the name Roberts – no relation) when someone (not me) knocked a very expensive shotgun off of a table in the adjoining booth. I thought that I had heard all the cuss words but I heard some new ones spoken in a foreign language which I did not understand but it was obvious that US relations took a hit.

Men do cry.

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I once had a guy at the Tulsa Show bump into me that caused me to stumble a bit forward. Which in turn caused me to bump into a table full on long guns. The long guns (mostly Winchesters) laid short ways on the table to get more on the table than going longways. So all the buttstocks were facing out off the end of the table about 12″ or so. I apologized profusely even though it wasn’t my fault, after the dealer’s and my heart skipped 10 beats, he collected his composer and we got right back to the conversation we were having. He understood it wasn’t my fault, told me everything was alright. The guy that bumped into me, basically just kept right on walking.  

Ever since then I’m always more cautious with watching others in the aisle. The dealer told me though, he’d had worse from the guys on scooters bumping into his display and making the whole dam table move around. Some people’s sense of ethics is not what it should be.

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Maverick,  I have to sympathize with you but also have to take some issue with the dealer you were talking with back when.  Too many rent a table and then try to “display” too many rifles on THAT table.  Likely would have been far better to have had either another table or two to hold them length wise, or have vertical racks to put them in.  Most venues plan on a certain aisle width to allow adequate flow AS WELL AS CUSTOMERS to stop and talk without totally blocking traffic.  Also allows handicapped scooters to traverse without problems.  Add in a table with long guns protruding at least a foot if not further into the aisle and disaster is just waiting.  Add in a table doing the same directly across the aisle and then guess what may indeed happen!!  Its cheap insurance for the gun owners or sellers to display length wise.  Tim

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Maverick,  I have to sympathize with you but also have to take some issue with the dealer you were talking with back when.  Too many rent a table and then try to “display” too many rifles on THAT table.  Likely would have been far better to have had either another table or two to hold them length wise, or have vertical racks to put them in.  Most venues plan on a certain aisle width to allow adequate flow AS WELL AS CUSTOMERS to stop and talk without totally blocking traffic.  Also allows handicapped scooters to traverse without problems.  Add in a table with long guns protruding at least a foot if not further into the aisle and disaster is just waiting.  Add in a table doing the same directly across the aisle and then guess what may indeed happen!!  Its cheap insurance for the gun owners or sellers to display length wise.  Tim

  

I’m generally in favor of thriftiness, but there can be expensive consequences when going cheap – lot’s of examples of this in life.  Roofing shingles come to mind.

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I did an online bid for one of these beautiful 1876 rifles but was quickly outbid during the live auction.  Someone is getting some great rifles.

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I did an online bid for one of these beautiful 1876 rifles but was quickly outbid during the live auction.  Someone is getting some great rifles.

  

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Bill I watched the bidding I was priced out pretty quickly too! Thanks for liking my story Steve I wish I could say it was just a story!

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Wowsers that went for a bit! 

Ok which one of you guys bought it?! 

And this post has been entertaining with the stories fellas Laugh

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