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Well guys, the show is over. What great stuff did you bring home? Or what cool Winchester, Henry, Volcanic, Colts did you see? 

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This time around I didnt find anything I needed (or wanted) or could afford other than a pristine copy of Clyde “Snooky” Williams The Winchester Lever Legacy book.  Been looking for a copy at the shows for quite some time to add to the library.  Spent a lot of the time talking with good friends about our common interests.  I also got the chance to meet Jessica Bennett from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  We ran a couple serial searches and it didnt take long, after reviewing the existing records, to realize just how precarious it is to read some of the ledger records.  I have to give her kudos for what she does.    

I was going to buy a pristine little 60A Sporter for my my sons collection (he’s 9 yrs old and had some of his money to spend) and should have bought it when I saw it because when I came back around to the table it was already sold.  While the 60A was nice, he was wanting to buy a “trapper” the whole show.  His reasoning was so he could have something that was lightweight he could carry and shoot pigs with.  I told him he needed to keep save up his money- a lot of money.  He ended up settling on a nice collectible Marbles knife (the one he picked out at first was a Marbles with 8″ blade & stag handle made in I think 1898–got to be proud of a good eye for quality). 

It was fun spending time with him and walking the tables, talking about different guns.  By the end of the show he could tell me the what makes an 1876 a first, second, or third model, and the difference between a “trapper”, carbine, or rifle, so we made a little progress in the right direction.  We also had a long conversation about what was considered collectible or investment quality, and what was not.  Great fun!

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Wow, great story about spending time with your son at the show. I wish I had someone to start passing this fun hobby down to. I just have girls that aren’t too interested in the guns, although one of them is pretty good bow hunter. There’s still hope though, maybe I can pass on the Winchester fever to them someday.

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I found a nice 1900 94 deluxe 22″ extra light matt barrel  I wanted but it was over the money since it had wood finish issues. He couldn’t deal on it since it was on consignment.  Bought a several tangs sights, a 62b, Midrange vernier and a long range vernier cased set. Just happened to be going by the table on Friday when he set it in his display case.

Saw them filming some segments for the Gunfather show at several tables.

Chris, enjoyed talking with you.

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Bob

Any chance you got a serial number on the 22 ELW for the short rifle survey? I know, wishful thinking on my part.

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Gary,

I looked at the letter but don’t remember the whole number but it was 83xxx.

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Chris,

It sounds like you had an awesome time and experience with your son… I hope that he learns from your experiences and those that your father Gary passed on to you!  Please keep dragging that young lad to all of the shows that you can.

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Gary,

I know its tough with girls, got to start them at a young age.  My daughter (7) has already picked out the guns (yes guns, in the plural) from my collection she wants.  I may have bit off more than I can chew–one likes trappers and the other likes fancy wood.  Dont worry about those girls, they will come around one day to appreciate the same things you do.  Congrats on the bow hunter, got to get kids behind a gun or a bow, and in front of a target or into the woods. 

 

Bob,

Same here, it was a pleasure chatting, not to mention looking at some of your cool stuff.    

 

Chris

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Chris, Your son was a pleasure to meet, it’s great to see the young ones express interest in more than “what’s it worth?”    

It was great having dinner with everyone, I think their was 9 of us at the dinner table Friday night, including Jessie, thanks to Rusty for paying!   It’s always a good time seeing everyone and swapping stories!

As far as my show, I sold a 76 SRC and a SAA.   Bought some modern shooting ammo and a mint engraved Remington derringer for my budding derringer collection.  Also bought a minty sealed wraco 50 express box.

My favorite part of these shows is the fellowship and conversations with the other forum members and other longtime collector friends.   Although the buying/selling has slowed the past couple of years, the friendship and enjoyment has not.   Overall, a definite good time!   

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