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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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First time for everything

I have probably bought sold or traded close to 500 guns in my life. I just had something happen for the very first time I want to share. I found a collectable antique shotgun on the web. Emailed the seller, exchanged pics and made a deal. The deal was good, under current value, but he agreed. When we met he told me he had something to tell me. I thought for sure his price was going up. He then totally floored me with what he said next. The gun was his grandfathers, he knew what it was worth today, and he knew what his GP had paid for it back in the day. He went on to say that he knew it was going somewhere "right" with me, and he felt good about it. He lowered his price by more than half! He said he wasn't looking for a big payday, just wanted someone to use the gun because he does not hunt. I countered with " Are you sure?", because that was only fair in my mind. Yes, I'm sure, take it for the lower price. Its in my gunroom tonight, I can't really explain it, but it does feel right.
( And yes, when I got home I ran a box of shells through it, functions perfectly !)

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 03:24 AM
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Congrats....

Sometimes deals just go your way....Glad it worked out the way it did....

Your kindness for helping others is paying off....
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I have had 1 deal like that. got a super deal and informed the trader he was on short end of trade. He said he paid little for rifle in estate sale and was happy. I know I sure was one happy camper.

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Joe it pays to be a nice guy , doesn't it . Good for you and a good story to share . 500 guns ??!! Holy Moly ! Enjoy the concert in Bethlehem....Finn

Enjoy each day afield as if it were your last.....take the time to take it all in !
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Sometimes seeing an item go to someone who will cherish and appreciate it is some thing more than money.

I had a 1790's long rifle in little better than relic shape. It was made in Montgomery County PA, half of the for stock was missing, cracked wrist. I could have gotten a couple hundred for it from someone that would have scavenged the parts. Instead I donated it to a museum down in Montgomery County. A restorer fixed the thing up and pieced in matching maple. Had the thing looking great.
I also had a 1920 era Economy brand kerosene engine from a wash machine. Got it cheap. the valves sat on top the engine head and the push rods came up the outside of the cylinder. Thought about trying to fix it myself, but figured I don't know anything and would ruin it. I gave it to a small engine specialist at a steam engine show. He had it running before I left the show grounds. It is now all restored the brass flywheel is all shined up, and he puts in on display at the small engine shows. It would have been a shame to ruin it. It went to a good home where it received proper tlc and is appreciated. That was payment enough.
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He didn't happen to have an old corvette for sale that belonged to his Grandfather did he.
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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 02:35 PM
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He knew what he was doing.You would feel guilty for life if you sell or trade that gun.I may be as bad as that guy though.I have given/lent guns to young kids just getting started in hunting.My rule is if you are ever done using it don't sell it give it back so another kid gets a chance.Did the same with 2 compound bows.Haven't seen them since.I know a nice buck was taken with one.If I may ask Joe what brand/model is the gun?

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L C Smith double, field grade. I would not sell it, I have a special bunch of guns that have a story, ones I would not part with. I have bought guns from every type of person, but the ones I love the most are from elderly gentlemen. I love to hear their stories about where they got it and what they harvested with it. One Model 70 I have came from such a man, and he requested I senfd him a picture if I kill something with it. I have honored his request, and I hear through the grape vine he takes the pics to his coffee shop and brags that his gun is still laying them down. Thats priceless.

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Good deal Joe!
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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 05:12 PM
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Great story. Went through something similar years ago, when buying a very old Winchester from a customer I've done lots of work for over the years.

Bugged them for some time about buying it and she finally agreed, but her hubby had looked up prices on what he felt it was worth and caused some problems. Bottom line, it had been her uncle's rifle, had been sitting in a closet for many years and she wanted me to hunt with it again.

I killed a doe with it a few years ago, so it's now "back in the game" again, after about a 50 year hiatus.

Couple years after I got it, her hubby made a comment when I was working for them, wondering if I'd sold it at a profit, or still had it. Next time I went out there, took the rifle along and told him he could sit there and hold it until I was done. His wife laughed so hard, thought the ol' girl might keel over?



Congrats on a deal and hope ya have many good days afield with it.

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