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    how did they get there.

    as a collector of old stuff like our colts, winchesters, mausers etc. if the guns could talk, thinking the round about way these things came into our possession? Some of us have guns over 100 years old or more, the original buyers been gone from this world for generations, its passed to someone else then someone else.
    I guess just sitting here looking at a bold derringer made me start to think... jim
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    I have one gun I can pretty much document from day 1 to today and it is 102 years old. It has traveled the world and wound up here. I have some guns that I have an idea of where they came from but most have just passed through many hands on their way to me. Some I have a partial history on from the previous owners. The sad thing is that one day they will all be scattered to the wind and go their separate ways. I should take the time and write down the known history of the more important ones at least.
    This all started with one gun!
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    I think some have just a regular story where someone bought it, sold it and so on. Others like the WW1 luger I have may have been a bring back from europe. I picked up a 1942 official police frame, collected the parts to put it back together. Someday in the future, someone will look at that gun and try to figure out why the mismatched parts. Jim
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    I've said this so many times!!! A Captain's log of sorts...... for other good purposes, I'd like one to be included with every house, so future owners can understand, figure out and get a grip on the "why?" with respect to modifications, alterations and more. I've got a well taken care of 1849 Pocket Model that I often wonder about. Wouldn't it truly be fascinating to read the journal with the gun, as to who owned it when, where and what all it's been through. Even stored in an underwear drawer of a farm house in Kansas for 43 years would be interesting, simply because you'd know.

    I don't have many guns that I know much of the history about...only one really, that didn't start with my family when new. I agree on us all starting now with this. I've got a few family guns passed along that I know much about and a few that started new with me that have interesting tales. Maybe in the future, the new "us" can buy the "gun and the story" more often!

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    A gun can be in the family for a hundred years and it takes just one dumbazz crack head heir to pawn it or sell it and the known history is instantly separated from it forever. My 1911 shipped Winchester '92 that my dad traded a Luger for in the 50s has a cattle brand in the stock. I found that ranch to still exist and is about three hours south of me. Was that the original owner who custom ordered it or someone later? Beats me. but that little clue told me something about the gun's history and past life.
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    Ever wonder how many people handled the change in your pocket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by feralmerril View Post
    Ever wonder how many people handled the change in your pocket?
    If you did, you would want to wear surgical gloves 24/7.

    When I took a course in forensics a block of instruction was held at an ATF lab. We were told that the vast majority of currency has passed through so many hands that most will have traces of illegal substances due to the drug trade. Think about that when a drug dog checks you out in an airport or other site that uses drug detection for security.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnidelyWhiplash View Post
    If you did, you would want to wear surgical gloves 24/7.

    When I took a course in forensics a block of instruction was held at an ATF lab. We were told that the vast majority of currency has passed through so many hands that most will have traces of illegal substances due to the drug trade. Think about that when a drug dog checks you out in an airport or other site that uses drug detection for security.
    Not to mention that most viruses hang around on surfaces for 24 hours.... money is like a Petri dish, growth in action...

    On another note... not that I participated but what about the College roommate who would use the vinyl record cover to “pour” his weed into packages, etc. If record covers could also talk...
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    My old iron is pretty much anonymous.
    That bein' said, it still is a pleasure to sit quietly and use a little imagination to give 'em all a listen once & a while.
    There is no way to know exactly what the purpose and use of 'em really was, but if the gun guys of the past are anything like us, we can be certain that some were simply stowed away safely or carried in anticipation of potential security issues, some saw action, some saw more than others, and others will see it again. There are not too many different possibilities for firearms in the possession of free American citizens. Maybe some are in the evidence locker somewhere. I reckon that covers 'em all, with the exception of those preserved as museum/ display/ collector pieces.

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    If guns could talk they'd just shoot their mouths off.


 
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