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Lead Waster
11-23-2010, 2:10 PM
I like to peruse this forum for the cool stories. I don't have any awesome stories, so I'll relate two, which are kind of lame;

1) My house, built in 1939 was lived in my a couple who moved there upon getting married in 1939/40. They had 3 sons and a daughter, I never met them. In the attic (which is an insulation filled crawlspace, not a cool attic like in the movies) I found a letter from the husband to the wife written to her from New Jersey where the husband was stationed just before being sent overseas for WWII. It mostly recounted how fun it was to be a leuitenant and getting to eat well and stuff. He asked how she was doing in the "new house". I wanted to give it back to her, but I had never met the previous owners, and she was in a nursing home in SoCal. Then my wife threw it away or something ARGH! I ALSO found a PORNO MAG from 1969 that the boys had hidden in the crawlspace of the house.

As a point of interest one of the boys grew up to be employee #20 or so at National Semiconductor, his brother did him one better by joining a startup with that his co-worker Steve Wozniak had started, yep... Apple.

2) Some family friends lived in Kincardaine (off Lake Erie) in an amazing old house. It was huge with a wrap around porch etc. And lots of old junk in the basement. When we were kids (10?) He showed me two old rifles that were in the house. Sadly, I have no idea what they were...all we did was point them at each other and pull the trigger because we were idiots and they were "old" so why would they be loaded? (We were lucky). Anyway, that was 30+ years ago, I asked him about them lately and sadly his response was "I dunno, we threw them away when we moved" .... ARGH!


So now, someone please tell me a cool story that does end with something being thrown away!

Also, this is no fun if you make up some crap about having 30 mint M1 Garands in your aunts house in Nevada.

CSACANNONEER
11-23-2010, 2:17 PM
I was salvaging stuff from a barn just before we tore it down. It was built in the mid 1800's I think. It was where the Home Depot in San Luis Obispo now stands. anyway, I found a pea shooter that still worked. It was a toy gun with a spring loaded "spoon" on top of it. I als ofound a case of home canned pears. It had been over 30 years since anyone had lived there but, the pears were still good. Yep, I really ate them.

mtsul
11-23-2010, 2:20 PM
Lol I think the only cool story I have is: I have 30 mint m1 garands in my uncles house in Nevada haha jk

Flyin Brian
11-23-2010, 3:43 PM
Lol I think the only cool story I have is: I have 30 mint m1 garands in my uncles house in Nevada haha jk

For a second I thought maybe we were cousins or something, but then I remembered my relative's Mint M1 Garands are sequentially numbered :D

Croweman08
11-23-2010, 4:41 PM
found a sharps single shot 52-70 civil war carbine in my friends garage!!! For sale if anyone is asking:)

freonr22
11-23-2010, 4:43 PM
pics!

Nodda Duma
11-23-2010, 7:31 PM
Father in law found a german Mauser in his house which belonged to his wife's folks it was taken apart and components stored in different parts of the house. All matching...he gave it to me and I stripped the surface rust off to find a mint rifle. Shoots real nice :) byf 44. Not a rare gun but still a fine rifle

John-Melb
11-23-2010, 9:43 PM
Many years I ago I met an elderly gentleman who's duties between 1939-45 had involved classifying, reporting on and ultimately disposing of captured enemy weapons that had been returned to the 4th Military District (South Australia). All I will say on this matter is that this gentleman's collection was "something special"

Eat Dirt
11-23-2010, 9:51 PM
For a second I thought maybe we were cousins or something, but then I remembered my relative's Mint M1 Garands are sequentially numbered :D


Pics. ??????
OH .......No Camera . .............I forgot

jamesob
11-23-2010, 9:51 PM
i found a remington single shot 22 rifle in an old building we dozed down. i saw a steel rod sticking up and it turned out to be my great grandfathers rifle, no bolt and rusted all to hell.

Croweman08
11-23-2010, 10:27 PM
pics!

i'll bump it in the market place!:D

beerman
11-24-2010, 6:27 AM
When I was 18 , my folks asked me to help clean out an old house my dad inherited from his deceased aunt. She had lived there since her husband built the place in 1911. I agreed with his promise that I could keep anything there that I happed to find. Well after filling a huge roll-off dumpster with junk, I happened to look into the bin and saw a piece of cardboard stapled to the underside of the top of an old dresser.It looked odd,so I jumped into the bin and pulled off the cardboard ...and underneath????.......
Was a blue cardboard box.....with a S&W on it...in the box was a brand new,never shot Smith and wesson 38 Military and police. with 6 green tipped bullets rolling around in the box. There was also the instruction pamphlet showing a cop aiming the gun while holding his horse with his other hand. I did some research and the gun dates 1917.
So my dad,not being the kind of guy to break a promise,proptly took the gun away from me and gave it to my mother...who has it to this day , well oiled in her nightstand with 6 new bullets in it.Oh its still mine (yes she saved the box and paperwork)I just have to wait till shes done with it...(take your time Ma..)

Dolk
11-24-2010, 7:07 AM
In the early 1990's and earlier I was collecting Revolutionary War Flintlocks and had to quit a few years later because of the prices. But I did a lot of hand written business (no internet business back then) with a antique gun shop back east. I was hunting for another Charleville 1763 to add to the collection and it would take me maybe 6 months to find a nice one in those days.

I received a letter from this gun store that a person in Georgia had found a rifle in the attic of an old house and was wanting him to look at it and possible sell it for them (he included their address). I wrote to them and explained to them I was a collector and might be interested in it. To my surprise, the musket arrived about a week and a half later with a letter asking if I was interested and how much it might be worth. I was startled by this to say the least. We settled on a fair price for both of us and sent them the Money Order.

About a week later they sent a letter saying how happy they were with the transaction and explained how they found it in the attic of their house they had just bought (their first house) that was built in the early 1800's. How they found it wrapped in an old "band uniform" and were startled to find a firearm. The term "band uniform" made my eyes open. I did not have their phone number and could only write a letter. I described a uniform of the Army during the revolution to them in the letter. I received a letter back confirming it was exactly what the uniform looked like. They had tossed it in the garbage. I was sick. I didn't have the heart to tell them the uniform was probably worth more than the musket as textiles just didn't make it 200 years and were more rare.

Vlad 11
11-24-2010, 11:02 AM
I received a letter back confirming it was exactly what the uniform looked like. They had tossed it in the garbage..

http://www.nfscars.net/forum/images/smilies/images_smilies_facepalm.gif


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mosinnagantm9130
11-24-2010, 5:12 PM
http://www.nfscars.net/forum/images/smilies/images_smilies_facepalm.gif


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My thoughts exactly!! My stomach took a turn for the worse at that....

Khram
11-24-2010, 6:08 PM
NIB Marlin Camp .45 I found in a indoor range I was remodeling. Old owner said I could keep it after I called him. Also found a real beat Colt 1892 DA revolver in .41LC.

A friend gave me a Win 1300 18in 12ga barrel he found in a house.

pullnshoot25
11-24-2010, 6:30 PM
In the early 1990's and earlier I was collecting Revolutionary War Flintlocks and had to quit a few years later because of the prices. But I did a lot of hand written business (no internet business back then) with a antique gun shop back east. I was hunting for another Charleville 1763 to add to the collection and it would take me maybe 6 months to find a nice one in those days.

I received a letter from this gun store that a person in Georgia had found a rifle in the attic of an old house and was wanting him to look at it and possible sell it for them (he included their address). I wrote to them and explained to them I was a collector and might be interested in it. To my surprise, the musket arrived about a week and a half later with a letter asking if I was interested and how much it might be worth. I was startled by this to say the least. We settled on a fair price for both of us and sent them the Money Order.

About a week later they sent a letter saying how happy they were with the transaction and explained how they found it in the attic of their house they had just bought (their first house) that was built in the early 1800's. How they found it wrapped in an old "band uniform" and were startled to find a firearm. The term "band uniform" made my eyes open. I did not have their phone number and could only write a letter. I described a uniform of the Army during the revolution to them in the letter. I received a letter back confirming it was exactly what the uniform looked like. They had tossed it in the garbage. I was sick. I didn't have the heart to tell them the uniform was probably worth more than the musket as textiles just didn't make it 200 years and were more rare.

I just crapped myself...

Dutch3
11-25-2010, 7:55 AM
My home is located in a small community that dates back to the gold rush days. There is not much here now, but it used to be a bustling town.

There was a hotel on my property at some point, and the railroad ran right past my front gate. I am always finding old stuff when working in the yard. Old glass, car parts, old keys, horseshoes, etc.

I once found a rusted rifle magazine and have found lots of spent cartridges. A couple of months ago, I was digging a trench for a water line and turned up some odd rimfire brass that appeared to be about .40 caliber. They were pretty corroded, but I saved them to see if I could ID them. I put them in the shed - somewhere - and now I can't find them :(

I know it's all junk, but I find it interesting.

-D

JTecalo
11-25-2010, 10:00 AM
my Dad found a Whitney Kennedy saddle ring carbine in the garage of a house he moved into back in the late 40's.

my brother has it now

Bukowski
11-25-2010, 8:40 PM
I've got some kind of flintlock on the way from Massachusetts they found when cleaning out my grandmother's house.

The house is from the 1820's so we'll see what turns up. I've been trying to get my mother to ship it, but the umm people at UPS freaked out when they saw "a gun shaped package". My mother is absolutely clueless when it comes to anything gun related grrr.

I e-mailed my mother all the info I could find about antique/ black powder firearms, so hopefully I'll see it sometime before Xmas.

Yes, I'll post pics...:cool2:

Springfield45
11-25-2010, 9:06 PM
I work with some one that used to be a Forestry fire fighter. While he was putting out a wild land fire he had to kick over cinder rocks to get to all the smoking fire spots. He saw something sticking out of the rocks that just didn't belong there in the middle of nowhere. When he pulled it out of the rocks it turned out to be a flint-lock musket, in near mint condition. Only the muzzle was rusty. He packed it out and had every intention of keeping it, but enough people had seen it that the Forestry found out and wanted to have it. They gave him the choice of losing his job or giving them the musket. He decided to keep his job. If it had been me I think I would have found a new job.

Lead Waster
11-25-2010, 10:21 PM
I work with some one that used to be a Forestry fire fighter. While he was putting out a wild land fire he had to kick over cinder rocks to get to all the smoking fire spots. He saw something sticking out of the rocks that just didn't belong there in the middle of nowhere. When he pulled it out of the rocks it turned out to be a flint-lock musket, in near mint condition. Only the muzzle was rusty. He packed it out and had every intention of keeping it, but enough people had seen it that the Forestry found out and wanted to have it. They gave him the choice of losing his job or giving them the musket. He decided to keep his job. If it had been me I think I would have found a new job.

Heh, with the job he could buy one in better condition!

TRAP55
11-27-2010, 12:23 PM
1874 Business Rifle originally belonged to Teddy Roosevelt. I spent at least 8yrs resurrecting it from the coffee can of parts it came in. I couldn't use the original 45/75 Sharps barrel, so I had an exact duplicate made from a Shilen Match barrel in 45/70, and packed the original in grease. Payment for restoring a dozen water damaged rifles.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v73/TRAP55/Sharps002.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v73/TRAP55/Sharps003.jpg

rt66paul
12-08-2010, 2:29 AM
An old timer I knew had a musket that he found resting against a split rail fence, it had probably been there 20 years(this was in the early 50s), he still has the musket. That is the big mystery, what happened there? Why would someone walk off and leave a musket? Did he get hurt and die?

Ross
12-08-2010, 10:17 AM
An old timer I knew had a musket that he found resting against a split rail fence, it had probably been there 20 years(this was in the early 50s), he still has the musket. That is the big mystery, what happened there? Why would someone walk off and leave a musket? Did he get hurt and die?

He was hunting (i.e. poaching?), shot his game, drug it off, and forgot where he placed the rifle, or couldn't find it at night. Decided it might be better to leave it then to come back and deal wit the land owner.

Or, got drafted and didn't have time to retrieve it.

Flintlock Tom
12-08-2010, 11:38 AM
Several years ago an old gentleman in our church passed away. My mother-in-law was the executor of his estate and she asked me to help her clean out his apartment.
He was an old machinist and had lots of old tools from which I got to pick and choose. I found an old nickel plated revolver under his mattress and my MiL let me keep that too.
I sent a letter to Smith & Wesson with a description and got back a nice letter/certificate from their historian. It is a 3rd model in .38 S&W, double action nickle-plated. First sold to a gunshop in St. Louis in the early 1880s.
The grips are in great shape, the nickel plate is tarnished and peeling, but it shoots just fine.
I also got a "wire recorder" circa mid 20th century. It's huge and weighs a ton, but someday I'll try it out to see if it still works.

Bongos
01-14-2011, 11:18 PM
In 1989, I was working for Turners out of the Fountain Valley store. A school teacher came in and asked if we would be interested in buying a pistol which the family of one of his student gave him. It was slow and I was curious, the gun manager said the cylinder would not rotate and the gun was defective, so he offered $150 for it. He walked away when he was paged and I walked up and looked at it. Apparently it was a gift from the student's family as the teacher help the student graduate from high school, the student was Autistic. I ask to look at it and what it was was a Original Colt Dragoon, it said "US Calvery". I told him to go to Little John's Auction for a better apprasial. The teacher left and my manager came back expecting a sale and was mad it didn't happen. About two month later, the teacher came in looking for me. He ask me to meet him outside the store. On my break, he gave me $100. I said what for, he said turns out the pistol belong to the student's great grandfather whom road with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, and the family had letters from the Era as well as a uniform. The gun was actually fine, the cylinder did not move due to years of dust and lint caked in. Little John Auctioned it, I remember he said it was in the $25,000-$35,000 range, I dont remember. He gave most of the money to the family as the student was going to college and the family was not well off. He kept a little and gave me a $100 thank you. My gun manager overheard our conversion and I got written up for it. With the turn over rate at Turners, I didn't care... felt good though

Anchors
01-14-2011, 11:34 PM
In 1989, I was working for Turners out of the Fountain Valley store. A school teacher came in and asked if we would be interested in buying a pistol which the family of one of his student gave him. It was slow and I was curious, the gun manager said the cylinder would not rotate and the gun was defective, so he offered $150 for it. He walked away when he was paged and I walked up and looked at it. Apparently it was a gift from the student's family as the teacher help the student graduate from high school, the student was Autistic. I ask to look at it and what it was was a Original Colt Dragoon, it said "US Calvery". I told him to go to Little John's Auction for a better apprasial. The teacher left and my manager came back expecting a sale and was mad it didn't happen. About two month later, the teacher came in looking for me. He ask me to meet him outside the store. On my break, he gave me $100. I said what for, he said turns out the pistol belong to the student's great grandfather whom road with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, and the family had letters from the Era as well as a uniform. The gun was actually fine, the cylinder did not move due to years of dust and lint caked in. Little John Auctioned it, I remember he said it was in the $25,000-$35,000 range, I dont remember. He gave most of the money to the family as the student was going to college and the family was not well off. He kept a little and gave me a $100 thank you. My gun manager overheard our conversion and I got written up for it. With the turn over rate at Turners, I didn't care... felt good though

That is amazing.
And yeah, that is how it works at retail companies.
I got written up for something similar before (not as cool and I wasn't doing anything awesome like telling a person not to sell a $30,000 gun for $150).

Great story.

pullnshoot25
01-15-2011, 12:52 AM
In 1989, I was working for Turners out of the Fountain Valley store. A school teacher came in and asked if we would be interested in buying a pistol which the family of one of his student gave him. It was slow and I was curious, the gun manager said the cylinder would not rotate and the gun was defective, so he offered $150 for it. He walked away when he was paged and I walked up and looked at it. Apparently it was a gift from the student's family as the teacher help the student graduate from high school, the student was Autistic. I ask to look at it and what it was was a Original Colt Dragoon, it said "US Calvery". I told him to go to Little John's Auction for a better apprasial. The teacher left and my manager came back expecting a sale and was mad it didn't happen. About two month later, the teacher came in looking for me. He ask me to meet him outside the store. On my break, he gave me $100. I said what for, he said turns out the pistol belong to the student's great grandfather whom road with Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, and the family had letters from the Era as well as a uniform. The gun was actually fine, the cylinder did not move due to years of dust and lint caked in. Little John Auctioned it, I remember he said it was in the $25,000-$35,000 range, I dont remember. He gave most of the money to the family as the student was going to college and the family was not well off. He kept a little and gave me a $100 thank you. My gun manager overheard our conversion and I got written up for it. With the turn over rate at Turners, I didn't care... felt good though

You did a good thing. I would be heartbroken if I saw someone getting screwed like that and I could never bring myself to screw someone over like that.

chiz
01-15-2011, 2:07 AM
I was rototilling my yard and found an M1 carbine buried there.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=217997

BillCA
01-15-2011, 3:24 AM
Back in the early 80's I was to meet a friend at a local gun shop where the owner was a good friend of his. Miserable parking in the area delayed me about 10 minutes. When I walked in he was grinning ear to ear and I held the door for a 60-something lady leaving. I asked and he showed me that he'd just bought... for a mere $300... a mint condition 1896 Broomhandle Mauser! Not only mint, but with the original box and instructions (in German). It had been her father's gun in WW-I and he brought it to American in 1927. The worst part is, I had $350 cash in my pocket and could've out bid him for it. *sigh*

As to "thrown away" stories...
In the early 90's, one of my cousins in MA and his wife went to Virginia to help her sister clear out the house of an elderly uncle who died. Ricky called me long distance and asked me about some rifles he found in the house. Several 1903 Springfields and a pair of 1917 Enfields in .30-06. What really torqued me off was not that the rifles went to the uncle's favorite nephew (who has his own collection) but later finding out his wife tossed out "a box of big knives" -- the original long Springfield bayonets!

johnthomas
01-15-2011, 3:51 AM
When my brother and I were 5 and 6, the family was camping at Big Sur in the Redwoods. My mom found a pistol under the dust pan, yes, she would use a broom in the dirt also. She gave it to my brother and I to play with, thought it was a toy. When my dad got back to camp and saw what we were going bang bang with he about fainted. It was a 1911 military 45. He found a ranger and turned it in. My brother and I never found the safety on it, my dad said it was loaded and ready to fire. This was in 1960 so a ranger somewhere or his family has a gun worth something.

Anchors
01-15-2011, 4:23 AM
Back in the early 80's I was to meet a friend at a local gun shop where the owner was a good friend of his. Miserable parking in the area delayed me about 10 minutes. When I walked in he was grinning ear to ear and I held the door for a 60-something lady leaving. I asked and he showed me that he'd just bought... for a mere $300... a mint condition 1896 Broomhandle Mauser! Not only mint, but with the original box and instructions (in German). It had been her father's gun in WW-I and he brought it to American in 1927. The worst part is, I had $350 cash in my pocket and could've out bid him for it. *sigh*

As to "thrown away" stories...
In the early 90's, one of my cousins in MA and his wife went to Virginia to help her sister clear out the house of an elderly uncle who died. Ricky called me long distance and asked me about some rifles he found in the house. Several 1903 Springfields and a pair of 1917 Enfields in .30-06. What really torqued me off was not that the rifles went to the uncle's favorite nephew (who has his own collection) but later finding out his wife tossed out "a box of big knives" -- the original long Springfield bayonets!

I feel bad for the lady.
And, oh man. A box of big knives. Bummer :[

When my brother and I were 5 and 6, the family was camping at Big Sur in the Redwoods. My mom found a pistol under the dust pan, yes, she would use a broom in the dirt also. She gave it to my brother and I to play with, thought it was a toy. When my dad got back to camp and saw what we were going bang bang with he about fainted. It was a 1911 military 45. He found a ranger and turned it in. My brother and I never found the safety on it, my dad said it was loaded and ready to fire. This was in 1960 so a ranger somewhere or his family has a gun worth something.

Wow. You guys literally dodged a bullet on that one. Too bad dad didn't keep it in the attic for you to rediscover many years later.

I was rototilling my yard and found an M1 carbine buried there.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=217997

Wow. That is f'ing awesome.
You really should get an old beater stock and make a nice wall hanger out of that bad boy.

Bongos
01-15-2011, 8:27 AM
IN 1992 I graduated from college and was offered a job in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Anyways, saw an add in the paper of a gun collection for sale. Turns out, the collection belonged to a Army Armourer whom pass away and the widow was selling his collection. Luckily a family friend was there helping with the prices so it was about 30% below the going price. I showed up with $2500 cash, ended up spending all of it, but here is what I got for it:
M1 Garand
Colt SP1
Thompson M1 (short barrel)
M1A
S&W 629 with Leupold Scope
and a bunch of ammo for each gun.
I ran out of money as I saw another tommy gun with drums mags and a paratrooper M1 Carbine
Back then and in that part of the Country, people are more interested in Hunting rifles, so as you can imagine, all of those sold quick, when I get there this was the left over form being heavily picked. She gave me a deal.

OK, that weekend, I went to the local range to try out the toys, it was morning and it was me and one other shooter about 50 yards away. I shot the Garand, then the 629, everything was going great... having a lot of fun. Then I picked up the SP1, loaded a 20 rd mag, would you believe it, it emptied the mag before I realize it was a full auto. I'm thinking, what if... (the other shooter is looking at me and I was like OOOOOOOOOKAy...) tried the Thompson (yes it was a SBR and I did not know any better), this time I just pull and let go, loaded 3 rounds, and would you know it, it too went full.

I packed up and drove back to the widow and tell her. Apparently, someone else told her the night before, so last night, with the help of her friend, she throw the Thompson and M1 Carbine as well as an Uzi and Mac10 into the Sioux River. She would not say where it is, as I was tempted to go diving...

What eventiually happened was I know a Class III dealer at the local gunshow, told him about it and he said he has friends whom preferred off the books autos, he gave me $5K for the SP1 and Thompson. Back in those days, $5K is a lot of money. The Garand turned out to be a gas trap, I didn't know any better and sold it for $1K, kept the Smith for a few more years, and eventually sold it to my cousin for $800. M1A was a Winchester (Yea it was one of those Rifle) sold it to the same FFL for $1200 when I figured there is no legally owned WRA M1A as they were M14s...

I was 22 yrs old, it paid my credit card bills... Months later, everytime I drive pass the Sioux River, I wonder if "That" is the spot where she dupe the peices of history

Too Slow
01-15-2011, 10:07 AM
I recently bought a t38 Arisaka at a gun show. On a tag attached to gun it said "brought back by R.C. Morgan". I didn't think much about it for a couple of months, then thought I wonder if I could find out who this was. I searched and someone helped me with a website that had info on all the guys who served. I found that there was only one RC morgan who served in the Pacific. It turns out that he was a POW in a Jap camp. I thought this was pretty cool. I tried to find the family, but I've drawn a blank so far.

Anchors
01-15-2011, 10:42 PM
IN 1992 I graduated from college and was offered a job in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Anyways, saw an add in the paper of a gun collection for sale. Turns out, the collection belonged to a Army Armourer whom pass away and the widow was selling his collection. Luckily a family friend was there helping with the prices so it was about 30% below the going price. I showed up with $2500 cash, ended up spending all of it, but here is what I got for it:
M1 Garand
Colt SP1
Thompson M1 (short barrel)
M1A
S&W 629 with Leupold Scope
and a bunch of ammo for each gun.
I ran out of money as I saw another tommy gun with drums mags and a paratrooper M1 Carbine
Back then and in that part of the Country, people are more interested in Hunting rifles, so as you can imagine, all of those sold quick, when I get there this was the left over form being heavily picked. She gave me a deal.

OK, that weekend, I went to the local range to try out the toys, it was morning and it was me and one other shooter about 50 yards away. I shot the Garand, then the 629, everything was going great... having a lot of fun. Then I picked up the SP1, loaded a 20 rd mag, would you believe it, it emptied the mag before I realize it was a full auto. I'm thinking, what if... (the other shooter is looking at me and I was like OOOOOOOOOKAy...) tried the Thompson (yes it was a SBR and I did not know any better), this time I just pull and let go, loaded 3 rounds, and would you know it, it too went full.

I packed up and drove back to the widow and tell her. Apparently, someone else told her the night before, so last night, with the help of her friend, she throw the Thompson and M1 Carbine as well as an Uzi and Mac10 into the Sioux River. She would not say where it is, as I was tempted to go diving...

What eventiually happened was I know a Class III dealer at the local gunshow, told him about it and he said he has friends whom preferred off the books autos, he gave me $5K for the SP1 and Thompson. Back in those days, $5K is a lot of money. The Garand turned out to be a gas trap, I didn't know any better and sold it for $1K, kept the Smith for a few more years, and eventually sold it to my cousin for $800. M1A was a Winchester (Yea it was one of those Rifle) sold it to the same FFL for $1200 when I figured there is no legally owned WRA M1A as they were M14s...

I was 22 yrs old, it paid my credit card bills... Months later, everytime I drive pass the Sioux River, I wonder if "That" is the spot where she dupe the peices of history

Such a good story. Too bad there is no way you could have legally kept them/registered them. Would have made quite the collection :(

I recently bought a t38 Arisaka at a gun show. On a tag attached to gun it said "brought back by R.C. Morgan". I didn't think much about it for a couple of months, then thought I wonder if I could find out who this was. I searched and someone helped me with a website that had info on all the guys who served. I found that there was only one RC morgan who served in the Pacific. It turns out that he was a POW in a Jap camp. I thought this was pretty cool. I tried to find the family, but I've drawn a blank so far.

That is cool! Keep trying. I bet you could find someone.

Ordnance1
01-15-2011, 11:26 PM
Back when I was about about eight years old or so in the early 1970's, my friend and I were building a fort in the woods behind our house and while digging in the ground I hit what I thought was a rock but turned out to be (as I later found out) a Walther PPK. It was badly rusted and covered with crud but we cleaned it off with a garden hose and steel wool and played with it. (It had no mag in it and the slide and trigger would not move) We never gave much thought as to whether it might still be loaded or not. Anyway, I took it home and showed my dad who went absolutely ballistic and took it away from me. I never saw it again but asked him years later what he did with it and he said he tossed it in the lake. I think that was the point where I really became interested in guns and today my collection, of course, includes a PPK.

Falstaff
01-15-2011, 11:55 PM
Rumour is that a case of sharp's army carbines were found in the excavation/removal repair of the Cyprus freeway collapse after the loma prieta earthquake... I heard this from a crane operator that worked for Kiewitt Pacific...He further stated that a CalTrans exec bogarted all of them...

During the construction of PacBell park in SF, an OLD safe was found, big beautiful one too, it was face down in the dirt several feet deep. Everyone was VERY excited as they unearthed, but any hopes of gold and treasure were dashed when they flipped it over to find that the doors had been BLOWN OFF the safe!

During grading operations in the South San Jose Area, specifically the silver creek area, someone who shall remain nameless found some cannon balls, lead grape shot, miniballs and other artifacts possibly from the battle of Santa Clara in mexican American war...

Anchors
01-16-2011, 1:17 AM
Rumour is that a case of sharp's army carbines were found in the excavation/removal repair of the Cyprus freeway collapse after the loma prieta earthquake... I heard this from a crane operator that worked for Kiewitt Pacific...He further stated that a CalTrans exec bogarted all of them...

During the construction of PacBell park in SF, an OLD safe was found, big beautiful one too, it was face down in the dirt several feet deep. Everyone was VERY excited as they unearthed, but any hopes of gold and treasure were dashed when they flipped it over to find that the doors had been BLOWN OFF the safe!

During grading operations in the South San Jose Area, specifically the silver creek area, someone who shall remain nameless found some cannon balls, lead grape shot, miniballs and other artifacts possibly from the battle of Santa Clara in mexican American war...

I really need to make it clear to friends and family that I am the gun guy out of us and if they find anything they should call me haha.
How much is a cannon ball worth if authenticated?