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    To Tell or Not to Tell

    At a recent gun show I met a very nice gentleman. Turns out he was a retired General and was looking for a 1911A1. Later that day I saw him at a table that had several (expertly) restored pistols. They were being offered as 100% original with prices to match. As I walked by the General said hello again and I heard the dealer telling him what a perfect time capsule the A1 was and how $4500.00 was a steal. Now this dealer is known to have nice guns. He's also known to have nice resto's and even fakes. If you suggest that any of his guns are anything less than he says they are, he calls you an idiot and impolitely asks you to leave. I hated the thought of the General getting taken. Do you take an opportunity to pull the man aside for a talk or let him learn an expensive lesson?

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    If possible, discretely tell him about the restored guns and the dealer.

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    To Tell or Not to Tell

    I would feel horrible witnessing this and not telling the General.

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    Agree with Terry 100%. You would be doing the right thing. Jim

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    I had to pull my old man aside to tell him about an “original nickel” 1911 I’ve mentioned in a different thread.

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    I will be polite and not rant about what I think about those who misrepresented a gun to steal another man's money. I certainly would tell the buyer he is about to be cheated.
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    First of all you (or me) would have to be iron clad sure the gun he was interested in was misrepresented. Hard to do with the three of you standing there. Now what I might do is try to get the general aside and tell him to be careful as the seller has a reputation for selling bogus guns. Many years ago I worked with a guy that was into guns and I would occasionally see him at a gun show. He would have maybe just one colt single action laying out at a otherwise empty table with a bunch of pictures of Poncho Villa or whoever done in such a way as "hinting or insinuating" a connection without really claiming it was his. (At least in front of me).
    I was the new guy on the department, he was older and I still pretty green in the field so never braced him on what he was doing. This was like in the mid/late 1960`s so just to keep peace at work I never pinned him down and would just say hello and move on.
    It sure is a hard call!
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    I would pull him aside and mention it.
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    Well he became a GENERAL so one can assume he isn't helpless and has heard plenty of BS in his career....

    I vote for walking on by.....YMMV....

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    Speak to him about this dealer. Fake boxes do not bother me but Gun faker'y does.
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