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I haven’t left a picture in quite a while so I thought I would today even though the mornings kind of late. This is late 1880s Henry Arms marked but also Belgian marked/made double barrel 12 gauge SxS that belonged to my great grandfather. It’s been wearing a home spun, hand carved American black walnut stock that was harvested right here in Kansas America since 1907. The story was that great granddad had left it leaning up against the buckboard while they loaded other gear in and the horse took a step or two backwards causing the gun to fall and, the wheel of the wagon rolling over the butt stock and breaking it. Great granddad‘s brother was a cabinet maker here in Pittsburg, Kansas and He acquired a chunk from his brother and carved out one by hand. It’s obviously not a pro job as he only acquired a chunk of wood from his brothers cabinet shop and carved out one my hand. It’s obviously quite amateurish including the rather juvenile pocket knife checkering on the wrist but, it’s an heirloom and has been cherished by everyone it has been handed down to including myself.
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My granddaughter has taken over my drafting table since I haven’t done much drawing lately. Her adorable juju is pretty high on the adorable scale so she gets away with it. 🙂
 

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Great granddad‘s brother was a cabinet maker here in Pittsburg, Kansas and He acquired a chunk from his brother and carved out one by hand. It’s obviously not a pro job as he only acquired a chunk of wood from his brothers cabinet shop and carved out one my hand. It’s obviously quite amateurish including the rather juvenile pocket knife checkering on the wrist but, it’s an heirloom and has been cherished by everyone it has been handed down to including myself.
That's got more MoJo than the vast majority of high end English gun$. Thanks much for sharing the tale.
 

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That's got more MoJo than the vast majority of high end English gun$. Thanks much for sharing the tale.
Thanks, it’s bored cylinder and cylinder and I guess according to my granddad and uncles it was well used during the great depression in southeast Kansas for harvesting quail. At the Time restaurants back east were paying $.25 a bird for quail and it was the family quail gitter. I shot it when I was given the gun in 1982 and I used low brass number nine skeet shot. Which is all you really need for quail anyway. Otherwise that’s the only time I’ve shot it except for when I was a little kid and it was with the same kind of loads. Barrel is marked “made with laminated steel“ as well as another Henry Arms and then the Belgian proofs. If I remove the barrels there are also more Belgian proof marks as well as the serial numbers which is multiply part marked. All of them match also.
 

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Pew, pew, pew... Taurus PT-22 in .22 RF. I originally bought this new in 1994 when they first came out for my now ex-wife who is only 5 feet tall and has freakishly small hands. It somehow ended up in my pile of stuff after the divorce. She informed me she didn’t want it back. It has the cute tip up barrel and everything. pew, pew, pew...
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My Daisy model 99. I was given this in 1965 when I was a whole seven years old. Still works good and is quite accurate for what it is. All in all a very good trainer for my kids and grandkids as well. Rear peep, globe front with various inserts. The stock was refinished in 1978 due to my stupid crook brother, who is now past, stealing it for his criminal activities. He splattered all kinds of brown and black paint on the stock and other parts of the metal in an attempt to camouflage it. The paint he splashed on stripped off the metal work well enough but, not the wood. I chemically stripped it and shot it with polyurethane from a rattle can.
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My Daisy model 99. I was given this in 1965 when I was a whole seven years old. Still works good and is quite accurate for what it is. All in all a very good trainer for my kids and grandkids as well. Rear peep, globe front with various inserts. The stock was refinished in 1978 due to my stupid crook brother, who is now past, stealing it for his criminal activities. He splattered all kinds of brown and black paint on the stock and other parts of the metal in an attempt to camouflage it. The paint he splashed on stripped off the metal work well enough but, not the wood. I chemically stripped it and shot it with polyurethane from a rattle can.
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Brings back memories of shooting at the local YMCA when I was a kid. Those things are surprisingly accurate.
 

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Brings back memories of shooting at the local YMCA when I was a kid. Those things are surprisingly accurate.
They sure are! And, funny you should mention that, that’s exactly the first thing I started shooting in any kind of regulated shooting sport was with this BB gun @ the old East Branch YMCA here in Wichita America in spring of ‘67 I think. Could have been fall of ‘66 though. Small World! I could shoot clusters @ 20’ indoors too. We hung targets on a string stretched across the room then, 3 feet behind that a rope stretched across we hung an old army tent folded over and then doubled over the rope so, actually four layers of a good old army tent canvas for a backdrop. Kind of draped down on the floor and we rolled over the end of it and the bb’s would hit the canvas and roll down and we’d collect the bb’s back up. Wash them with a screen dunked in soapy water and rinsed before we’d reuse them.

Thanks for reminding me!

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Here is a repro 1860 Colt army that has been artificially aged by accident and, the barrel cut to 6 inches. I usually have it hanging on a wall plaque in my office up high so you can’t really scrutinize it too closely while I give it a good bullshit story to lead people on because of its appearance but, in the end I always come clean and tell them no, it’s not real. It does still fire too.
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That’s actually a pretty nice looking piece of bullshit. I like it
And, it’s a pretty good bullshit story too actually. I tell people how we were excavating around an old stone barn in the south east corner of Kansas, just south of Cherryvale which was a known haunt and hang out of the Dalton boys and, sometimes their cousins Frank & Jesse James. Notice how the grip has two notches cut into the grip? We can only suppose how that occurred with all the loose footed & desperate men in that part of the post-war countryside at that time. Especially being so close to the border of the Nations made it easy to duck down to the Indian country without a problem and hide out from most of the local constabulary’s. Whoever it was, I bet it was a killer!

The real story is: I bought it as an Uberti kit in 1976 and finished it out, put it together and enjoyed shooting it for a while with my friends until in 1977 I enlisted in the USCG and I “loaned it“ to a friend of mine to take care of. Something I just don’t normally do with a firearm but I did with this guy for some reason. Well he cleaned it and then couldn’t remember how to get it back together and then, lost the wedge and then he just put it in a box all apart to give it to me when I got home. Yep, right there in a box underneath the water bed. The very same water bed that sprung a leak and soaked everything underneath it along with all the stuff in my box of gun parts. Just rusted the crap out of the gun inside and out. He didn’t actually clean it so there was a lot of corrosion that occurred on it. And on the left side there’s actually a layer of corroded rust on the frame that I haven’t removed. It’s still good for the effect. Well anyway, the muzzle was also so badly rusted that I ended up cutting off about 4 inches of it. Despite all the ugly and Rusty stuff, it still works. When I got it all back together after getting it back from him, I cut the barrel then, I banged it around on my workbench. Then I took it out to the barn to the tractor work bench and banged it around on that for a while then, tossed a log chain on it too. Also got my pocket knife out and cut a couple of notches on the grip.

And now, that’s what I got. The ugly truth. It sure raises an eyebrow with people when they see me bring it out to shoot, lol.
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...in 1977 I enlisted in the USCG and I “loaned it“ to a friend of mine to take care of. Something I just don’t normally do with a firearm but I did with this guy for some reason.... underneath the water bed. The very same water bed that sprung a leak and soaked everything underneath it along with all the stuff in my box of gun parts. Just rusted the crap out of the gun inside and out.
I read that, I hear this Pornosonic--Unreleased 70's Porno Music (Full Album) - YouTube

That said,

1960's Belgian-made Centaur copy rescue, with the fluted cylinder of the first 1860 batch. All it needed was a new hand. Lord only knows how it came to be so abused. Grips have been slimmed down to smaller-than-Colt-Navy at the heel. But, the cylinder advance & timing is fine, tho.
 
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I read that, I hear this Pornosonic--Unreleased 70's Porno Music (Full Album) - YouTube

That said,

1960's Belgian-made Centaur copy rescue, with the fluted cylinder of the first 1860 batch. All it needed was a new hand. Lord only knows how it came to be so abused. Grips have been slimmed down to smaller-than-Colt-Navy at the heel. But, the cylinder advance & timing is fine, tho.
I had to go back and change my (y) into a :ROFLMAO:. I went back and checked out the porn tune once again and damn, that’s some rammin’ an’a jammin’ and sound! If I were only healthy enough to go out and find me some skank right now, lol.

And some people want to tell you how the 80s just sucked, lol.

I really dig the gat too.!
 
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I really dig the gat too.!
For you and the rest of the peanut gallery, that pistola is up for grabs. PM me directly if it strikes a chord.

See, it was buried along with the body of the original owner when he fell to Yankee bullets in 62'. An unnamed friend made his way back to the site in the summer of 65', located the unmarked grave and gave the deceased rebel a proper burial. The Colt had suffered from it's time in the soil of the south, but was still functional and made it's way west with the aforementioned (and still living) comrade whose name has long been lost to the sands of time.
 
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For you and the rest of the peanut gallery, that pistola is up for grabs. PM me directly if it strike a chord.

See, it was buried along with the body of the original owner when he fell to Yankee bullets in 62'. An unnamed friend made his way back to the site in the summer of 65', located the unmarked grave and gave the deceased rebel a proper burial. The Colt had suffered from it's time in the soil of the south, but was still functional and made it's way west with the aforementioned (and still living) comrade whose name has long been lost to the sands of time.
Was he buried next to Art Stanton?
 
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