November 9th, 2008 09:51 PM
Gun Show Gold: I may have hit the Jackpot
I went to Wannenmacher's gun show here in Tulsa today. I hadn't planned on it, becuase for eight or ten years now it seems to me that the powers that be at the gun shows have been trying to make money off of them instead holding sort of a friendly swap meet.
But my best friend called me this morning and he was on his way from Bartlesville, along with a buddy and the buddy's brother-in-law.
They didn't have to twist my arm much to get me to go, either. I could renovate one of the rent houses, or go look at guns. No choice, really.
Well, I found what I take to be a pretty old LNIB Smith & Wesson Model 36 Chief's Special - - WITH said box.
The box itself is a find. It is cardboard with some sort of laminate or finish that is pebbled- almost leather-like. It has metal staple-like thingies on each corner. The box is dated April 15, 1955.
The owner's manual (such as it was at the time) and the original (unfilled) warranty card were in the box, too. I ought to fill it out and send it in!
The lady who sold it to me told me that it belonged to a Judge in Memphis who bought it and never shot it. He just put it in a drawer and forgot about it.
It's a nice story, and I choose to believe it. If the gun has been fired, it hasn't been fired much. The chambers are slick and the bore is a mirror.
Anyway, here are some pics. I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I do!
"...bad decisions that turn out well often make heroes."
Gary D. Mitchell, A Sniper's Journey: The Truth About the Man and the Rifle, P. 103, NAL Caliber books, 2006, 1st Ed.
November 9th, 2008 09:55 PM
Sometimes, you're in the right place at the right time. I've been there a few times, but I think I'm lacking for the average. You definitely sound happy with your find, so I figure it's a brilliant one. Most of us wouldn't know what to look for, or if it was the best deal in the world. I say congratulations and enjoy! Any pistol with some history is something to behold.
November 9th, 2008 10:01 PM
November 9th, 2008 10:48 PM
Cool piece....lot's of history. ENJOY!
"Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it."
November 9th, 2008 10:51 PM
That is a good looking find. Every once in a while you can hit it just right. Very nice.
The only thing that stops bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. SgtD
November 9th, 2008 10:55 PM
Really, really nice! Congrats on a great find!
Assault is a behavior, not a device.
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November 10th, 2008 08:48 AM
Hey Randy, you done good! That's a very attractive Chief's Special. Really cool to see the factory stuff that came with it. That little revolver would be worth a factory letter.
November 10th, 2008 09:18 AM
That is a great find!, see if you can find some acid free sleeves to put the manual and card in.
“You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic.”
― Robert A. Heinlein,
November 10th, 2008 12:11 PM
Great find, Randy. I found a couple of great deals at Wannenmacher's in April. I believe there are at least two great deals at every gun show. The problem is finding them before someone else does.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein
November 10th, 2008 12:34 PM
November 10th, 2008 12:38 PM
Nice one. You should send in the warranty card, and report back what they say.
"Don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep." - Theodore Roosevelt
November 10th, 2008 12:48 PM
Nice find! Great having the box, and gun being well dated.
EOD - Initial success or total failure
November 10th, 2008 12:50 PM
That would put a big smile on my face as well
“Put your pain in a box. Lock it down. No man is stronger than one who can harness his emotions.” -Act of Valor
November 10th, 2008 12:55 PM
November 10th, 2008 07:12 PM
Good on You.
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