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Re: 1873 Springfield Carbine
Posted by Bob Koenig on Monday, 31 October 2011, at 10:56 p.m., in response to 1873 Springfield Carbine, posted by Michael H. Collins on Saturday, 29 October 2011, at 12:31 a.m.
Hello Michael. I certainly relate to your experiences. Almost all of my gun collecting friends are gone, especially those who mentored me on the old weapons. I related a quick story a couple of weeks ago about a model 1873 that I restored which was given to me by a good friend for doing some gun work for him. I had it in parts for many years and after he passed away, I decided I needed to restore it at least in his memory. It is too bad that he is no longer around to see what it looks like. Also there was another good friend, a retired Col. who gave me a carbine. Again I put off completing it and I learned some time ago that he passed away so I decided to complete it. I wish I could have shown it to him, but as you said, time passes too quickly. I'm almost 70 now and have decided to finish all the projects I had hanging and finish collecting the few rifles that I had always wanted. There will never be a time like now and if I don't get to enjoy them for very long, then my oldest son will have a nice collection as he is into them as much or more than I am. Thanks for your story and have a nice day.
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