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Re: Just a thought/widows?
Posted by Fred on Sunday, 3 April 2011, at 1:39 p.m., in response to Re: Just a thought/widows?, posted by Larry Sunday on Sunday, 3 April 2011, at 2:22 a.m.
I agree whole heartedly. The term Widows and orphans was used only because a buddy of mine who's a big collector has jokingly said it for years. None of us has ever encountered a widow or an orphan over a gun deal, least of all got the better of one. However, there was this young man who worked at the Ford Motor Plant in Kansas City who brought in a Colt revolving rifle to his foreman in the hope of trading it off for a semi auto 9mm. He found it in his Grandpa's closet after he died. Vince, the foreman, didn't know if the Colt was worth the trade and so he brought the rifle home to show me and another friend for advice. By then, the boys father had advised his son to hold off and check if the Colt might be worth more. He guessed that it might be worth as much as $5,000.00 . Well, the next day, the boy took back his offer and the deal fell through. Timing can be everything. As for taking advantage of a situation, well, I've certainly done that. One day at a gun show, a woman came in bringing her husband and her fathers 1898 Krag carbine. She said that the sooner she got rid of it, the sooner she could forget about her deceased father. There evidently weren't any deep feelings between them to heal. I gave them the $175.00 they asked for it and I didn't feel guilty for not educating them as to it's true value. They took the money and left the show. It was all correct by the way and had never been updated or altered. Yes, it did have the 1898 carbine rear sight.
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