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An old man thoughts

#1 Post by JDL » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:14 pm

Maybe the summer is gone at last! Feels so good I went to the range to see if my 24 inch 336-A needed any adjustment and it did not. I don't know why but, Marlin 336's and Winchester 94's just seem to scream out "deer hunter." Perhaps because I remember going into my favorite pawn shops about this time of year back in the late '60's and the racks would be full of Marlins and a few Winchesters with most priced $69.95. Those were the days! I can still remember the smell of those gun shops with the hardwood floors that you threw floor sweep on to clean, gun oil, and of course Hoppe's #9 all mingled together. Despite all my memories, I was the only one at the range shooting a levergun which made me feel kinda special. :D
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#2 Post by Nath » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:19 pm

:D 8)
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#3 Post by Rusty » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:25 pm

Yep, showing up on the firing line with a levergun these days is like years ago when I used to take my muzzleloaders out. Hang in there old man.
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#4 Post by 2ndovc » Fri Oct 11, 2019 4:34 pm

There was a neat old shop in western Ohio that my grandfather would take me to when we were out for a visit when I was a kid. They'd pull out a couple of old wooden chairs and sit and BS for a couple of hours. I'd wander around looking at all the stuff. I can still smell the owner's pipe smoke. If we could have just packaged those days to visit once and awhile.

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#5 Post by gamekeeper » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:00 pm

Most British shooters haven't learnt that lever action rifles are more than capable of downing anything they will see over here but it's always a pleasure to meet a levergunner or see the odd one or two in the rack at a gun shop.Thanks to cowboy action shooters the lever action has gained a certain amount of followers amongst the uneducated :wink:
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#6 Post by OldWin » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:59 pm

I'm lucky. I still get to hang out in the old shop I frequented as a kid. Almost every night after supper, I'd run out and pester the old gent with questions.
He took the time to teach me a lot about shooting, old guns, reloading, and casting. I work on his Jeep and four wheelers. Can use the shop whenever I like. We are like family. Same old crowd goes out and just hangs out to shoot the bull.
Places like that are disappearing.
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#7 Post by TraderVic » Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:57 am

OldWin wrote:
Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:59 pm
I'm lucky. I still get to hang out in the old shop I frequented as a kid. Almost every night after supper, I'd run out and pester the old gent with questions.
He took the time to teach me a lot about shooting, old guns, reloading, and casting. I work on his Jeep and four wheelers. Can use the shop whenever I like. We are like family. Same old crowd goes out and just hangs out to shoot the bull.
Places like that are disappearing.
Holy smokers, is that ever a gun shop from yesteryear ! "Really cool" just doesn't quite define it. There are very few old gun shops like that around here anymore. If you were a bit closer, it would make a fine road trip.

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#8 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:43 pm

Agree on that shop. Wow, I miss a place like that.

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#9 Post by AJMD429 » Sat Oct 12, 2019 2:46 pm

Like the old 'country stores' - had a bit of everything, and an ambiance that was great.

I remember one as a kid that sold canned goods, fresh produce, livestock feed, live fishing bait, ammunition, hardware, and even DYNAMITE....I was young enough to go there for the penny-candy though.
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#10 Post by OldWin » Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:30 pm

Oh, a couple more tidbits about the old shop I mentioned above.
The only heat is the stove in the picture.

There is no plumbing. If you have to take a leak, you go out behind the shed. If more than that, you better hope you can make it home.

There are no computers on the premises.

There is a cash register, but just to store cash. All transactions are done on a slip with a calculator.

If you are known, and want something you can't pay for, you put down any deposit and it's held. What you paid and what you owe is written on a 3x5 card and put in a small green metal box. You come in and pay as you can till you are done. Doesn't matter too much how long. I've seen more than one run over a year.

There was an 1897 Winchester trench gun with no stock that hung on a nail by the repair rack. I first saw it in the mid 80s. My buddy said a guy left it for a repair and left no name or contact. It hung there for 25 years with countless offers to buy or trade. My buddy said it belonged to a "customer", and he may be in for it.
Sure enough, after 25 years, the guy walks through the door and asks for the 97 with a real smug look. My buddy handed it to him with the slip for the repair. It was 20 dollars. Should have charged him 2k for storage.
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#11 Post by piller » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:13 pm

That is the sort of man who built this Country. The crooks have almost got rid of all of them. :cry:
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