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Re: 1884 US Springfield
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, at 12:45 p.m., in response to Re: 1884 US Springfield, posted by Lane Douglas on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, at 11:52 a.m.
Thanks, Lane - I know that sometimes I'm not as tactful as, say, Pete Nelson.
The only possibilities I can think of, for less than full disclosure in what is supposed to be a scholarly setting are these, some of which are actually sort of related:
(1) A person is afraid the government maintains a full list of serial numbers (don't we wish THAT were true!) and will come after them for possessing "government property", since the arms are marked "U.S." I'd say that these people wear tinfoil hats and have nightmares about black helicopters, but only as regards antiques. The Gestapo is alive and well - just not about trapdoors.
(2) A person is afraid they do not have "good title" meaning that they really didn't like the looks of the biker that they bought their minty carbine from, for $250. OK, I plead guilty to embellishment, but not as to basic theory. They just don't want to deal with the fact that they might have a stolen gun. But what if the shoe was on the other foot - would they not want to recover THEIR property? Seems a bit hypocritical.
(3) Then we have the ignoramuses who think that the records (see 1) have intelligent logic which will transmute the Xs into numerals, and pluck the correct answer from as many as 1000 entries. Gives a whole new meaning to smoke and mirrors.
A pox on ALL their houses!
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