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Old 04-05-2015, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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My Dad called me a couple years ago. He had been helping some people clean out a garage and in the trash was an "old pistol" The people we avid anti gunners so the said to keep it....Turned out to be a CW Starr DA revolver... It's in my safe now......
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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My Grandfather was a United States Marshal when he turned 17. He was still an active United States Marshal when he passed away at 97 years old. He wore a .45 every day. I remembe rt him coming home and while Grandma was fixing supper, Grandpa would set at the table and dismantle the gun. He would wrap the pieces in oil cloth and put it in the top desk drawer. In the morning, he would clean each piece, reassemble, and then load it and holster it. My Uncl once told me that Grandpa had never fired it, he did all of his range quals with a .38 that he had.. When he passed, I wanted that .45, but my Uncle got it, and sold it.
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:13 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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My Grandfather was a United States Marshal when he turned 17. He was still an active United States Marshal when he passed away at 97 years old. He wore a .45 every day. I remembe rt him coming home and while Grandma was fixing supper, Grandpa would set at the table and dismantle the gun. He would wrap the pieces in oil cloth and put it in the top desk drawer. In the morning, he would clean each piece, reassemble, and then load it and holster it. My Uncl once told me that Grandpa had never fired it, he did all of his range quals with a .38 that he had.. When he passed, I wanted that .45, but my Uncle got it, and sold it.
Sad ending.
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Old 04-06-2015, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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+rep for your grandpa.

BOO on your uncle.
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Old 04-06-2015, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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My Grandfather was a United States Marshal when he turned 17. He was still an active United States Marshal when he passed away at 97 years old. He wore a .45 every day. I remembe rt him coming home and while Grandma was fixing supper, Grandpa would set at the table and dismantle the gun. He would wrap the pieces in oil cloth and put it in the top desk drawer. In the morning, he would clean each piece, reassemble, and then load it and holster it. My Uncl once told me that Grandpa had never fired it, he did all of his range quals with a .38 that he had.. When he passed, I wanted that .45, but my Uncle got it, and sold it.
That's why passing things down from generation to generation is so futile. Sooner or later, there's going to be someone who lacks the sentimental gene and sells it.

I watch these shows like pawn stars sometimes and can't believe all of the really cool, old things that have been in their family for hundreds of years sometimes that they are just trying to pawn off. Such a shame.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:25 AM
 
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My Grandfather was a United States Marshal when he turned 17. He was still an active United States Marshal when he passed away at 97 years old. He wore a .45 every day. I remembe rt him coming home and while Grandma was fixing supper, Grandpa would set at the table and dismantle the gun. He would wrap the pieces in oil cloth and put it in the top desk drawer. In the morning, he would clean each piece, reassemble, and then load it and holster it. My Uncl once told me that Grandpa had never fired it, he did all of his range quals with a .38 that he had.. When he passed, I wanted that .45, but my Uncle got it, and sold it.
Guessing Turkeyday dinners after that were .
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:58 AM
 
Location: NW Nevada
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When my sister divorced, her ex ended up with some things that belonged to our Dad, that he sold out of spite. He's a rodent. Our Great Gandads ivory handled, Damascus straight razor was one such item. It was a beautiful piece. I forget who the maker was. It was from Europe, and was in an Ebony wood box with velvet lining. I imagine, twixt that and some other irreplaceable and uncommon things, he had himself a good drunk on the money he got.

Some people are a waste of air, fer sure.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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I was wondering about that. They are in perfect condition. It's almost as if the buyer took them off immediately and replaced them. These grips I found don't really seem like much. They seem pretty chinsy actually, but admuittedly I have no idea what something like that would be worth or what collectors / buyers would be looking for.

I'll have to do some research. Thanls for the advice.
Oh, it's not just the grips.....old boxes and manuals can be worth a bunch too.
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:23 AM
 
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My all-time best find was at age 8 or so....walking in the field of my grandparents with my family before the corn was up.

1846 large cent. Still have it, one of my prized possessions.

There had been another house on the land a long time back and it had burned down so not sure if it had been dropped or from that fire or whatnot. The oregon trail had passed through there (within 100 yards or so) perhaps there had been an old post there from that....not sure.
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I rent a small cabin, 438 sq ft, that I live in. Its on 3 acres, and my landlords house is also on the three acres. I have full use of the whole place, so we have a corral and have horses. One border is a river, about 35 ft across and 8 ft deep. On the East end of the property, the river goes to shallows of about 2 ft deep. A very famous Indian, Cavalry, and settlers ha a big battle as they were crossing the river.

Before I moved in, the landlord was doing some dirt work and dug up 6 rifles, 3 sabers, and a half dozen knives. 4 of the rifles were identified as military issue and the other 2 were civilian muzzle loaders. Landlord doesn't remember types. The idiot sold them to a friend, the same day. Seems the "friend" told him they weren't any good but offered him $500. for everything. He thought it was a good deal.

I asked the landlord if he has brought in a metal detector and gone over the property? No. But, he said if I wanted to, I was welcome to give it a shot, if I found anything, he wants half of anything I sell. I'm researching detectors now.
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