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I recently purchased a beautiful custom Winchester Pre-64 Model 70. Engraved in script on the barrel is “Kelen Leake, Colorado.” I assume he’s the smith who built the rifle, but an Internet search turns up no information on this person. Does anyone have any info on this gunsmith or know anything about his custom firearms? Thanks in advance for any info.

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No, unfortunately, I sold my Fairlane about two years ago.  I regret it, but I just didn’t drive it enough and needed the garage space for other toys.  After going to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale last month, I also regret selling my 1963 Corvette split-window coupe about 20 years ago.  Loved that car and vowed I’d never part with it.  However, I was going through a divorce and my soon-to-be ex rang up $40K in credit card bills, so I sold the car to kill the debt.  Dumbest move I ever made!!  I should’ve taken half the debt and kept the car.  However, the divorce settlement was so bad that, even then, I lived on Ramen soup and PB&J for two years.  Live and learn, I guess.

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Fairlane*66 said
I recently purchased a beautiful custom Winchester Pre-64 Model 70. Engraved in script on the barrel is “Kelen Leake, Colorado.” I assume he’s the smith who built the rifle, but an Internet search turns up no information on this person.

  

More likely to be the customer rather than the maker; very unusual for makers to sign their work in this way.

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I recently purchased a beautiful custom Winchester Pre-64 Model 70. Engraved in script on the barrel is “Kelen Leake, Colorado.” I assume he’s the smith who built the rifle, but an Internet search turns up no information on this person.

  

More likely to be the customer rather than the maker; very unusual for makers to sign their work in this way.

  

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No, unfortunately, I sold my Fairlane about two years ago.  I regret it, but I just didn’t drive it enough and needed the garage space for other toys.  After going to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale last month, I also regret selling my 1963 Corvette split-window coupe about 20 years ago.  Loved that car and vowed I’d never part with it.  However, I was going through a divorce and my soon-to-be ex rang up $40K in credit card bills, so I sold the car to kill the debt.  Dumbest move I ever made!!  I should’ve taken half the debt and kept the car.  However, the divorce settlement was so bad that, even then, I lived on Ramen soup and PB&J for two years.  Live and learn, I guess.

  

Sorry to hear about your past problems.  We all have had cars we now wish we had never sold.  I had a very rare 60 Vette that I sold for a 440 Six Pack Challenger that I sold for a pick up to go camping.

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Chuck said We all have had cars we now wish we had never sold.    

And wives we wish we had never married. 

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Chuck said We all have had cars we now wish we had never sold.    

And wives we wish we had never married. 

  

I see there’s a few clubs I’ve missed out on.  I’ve never had a car I wish I had back.  As I’m still with my first wife of 40+ years, there are no former wives I wish I’d never married.  Firearms are different.  I can’t think of any handguns I wish I had back.  Shotguns… a few.  Vintage full boxes of obsolete rifle ammunition… more than a few.  But rifles… yeah, that’s a different story.  To say it haunts me, would not be an exaggeration.  

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steve004 said But rifles… yeah, that’s a different story.  To say it haunts me, would not be an exaggeration.  
  

Yes, too many to count.  If only there was a treatment to erase such dismal & depressing recollections from one’s brain cells!  I’d have to sign up for many sessions! 

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I had a couple girlfriends I think I should have married.  Today is my 52 wedding anniversary so Bert don’t tell my wife.  I don’t need a divorce.  I did sell some guns years ago I wish I hadn’t but I have bought 3 of them back.  There are many things I should have bought but didn’t.  This is probably my biggest gun related regret.  I wish I was around when my daughter was born but Uncle Sam didn’t agree at the time.

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Never been married, all the near misses would probably have been exes by now. It’s not all bad, I’m a very good cook and I have some pretty cool toys.

 

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Never been married, all the near misses would probably have been exes by now.

  

Or worse.  Like, being red-flagged.  One unsubstantiated complaint will do it.  Guilty until proven innocent.

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Never been married, all the near misses would probably have been exes by now.

  

Or worse.  Like, being red-flagged.  One unsubstantiated complaint will do it.  Guilty until proven innocent.

  

I must admit that is a very real concern these days. Add to that quite a few single women these days are certifiable nut cases and very good at hiding it.

 

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How’s that old saying go, “Never get married, just find a woman you don’t like, give her half your money, and buy her a house.  You get the same result.”

However, my #2 is my soulmate, my best friend, and my forever love.  She even likes my cars and guns.  Best yet, she doesn’t expect me to act like one of her girlfriends, except for that toilet seat thing!

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I am reminded of something I was told more than 40 years ago… “if it Flys, Floats, or Fxxxs, it is cheaper to rent”. That stated, I have been married twice. The first wife went Bat SxxT crazy (ended up in a facility for people with mental conditions), and I am still married to #2 (after 17-years).

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I am reminded of something I was told more than 40 years ago… “if it Flys, Floats, or Fxxxs, it is cheaper to rent”. That stated, I have been married twice. The first wife went Bat SxxT crazy (ended up in a facility for people with mental conditions), and I am still married to #2 (after 17-years).

  

Thank your lucky stars No. 1 preceded the red-flag era.

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steve004 said But rifles… yeah, that’s a different story.  To say it haunts me, would not be an exaggeration.  

  

Yes, too many to count.  If only there was a treatment to erase such dismal & depressing recollections from one’s brain cells!  I’d have to sign up for many sessions! 

  

There is, collect fine guns, talk to great friends, keep the family close, and never acknowledge the hatful person again. My recipe for betterment after she took all all my guns and my life away for 17 years. just my take.  

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