Many years ago I had a gun collector friend that was from back east and I heard was vaguely "connected". I always have been the unassuming type and always took everything I hear in a "Maybe yes, maybe no" fashion.
He traded me a beautiful Colt New Service in .38 special that had factory options, wide target hammer and trigger, checkered back strap. It didn't have adjustable sights but the action was highly tuned as was a few other guns I had swapped with him. The trigger was a hair trigger and I traded or sold the gun---But. When I traded the gun he told me, unnh, when or if ya sell that gun I would be a little careful.
I wondered about that and asked my best friend that knew him a lot better than I did what he might have meant.
He told me so & so, had a trucking company with a partner. He had
come off a long haul one night and got checking the books and found where his partner had been cheating him big time. The next day his
partner committed suicide with my friends new service.
Another story about him. One day he showed up at my house with two
young friends (Or relatives). Turned out one was a actor you all have seen on a old TV series if you are middle age or older.
The young guy (he was really nice, funny and likable) had never been around guns. He almost shot me! I have a autographed picture of him hanging in my garage.
Not pretty, cheap and worn, but this old H & R was actually carried by a Chicago gangster during prohibition.
PS. I know you're all wondering, so it was my Grandfather's. Suffice it to say that several members of my family and extended family engaged in the full Chicago experience. But, of course, those days are long gone. (LOL)
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