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GUNS Magazine Digital May 2011 - Page 18
• M I K E “ d U K E ” V E N T U R I N O • P H O T O S : Y V O N N E V E N T U R I N O • other reasons for bUYING GUNS And good reasons, too. ave you ever bought a gun for some other reason H besides wanting to shoot it? I have done so, several times. Of course, many guns are bought and put away as “investments.” I even did that many years ago with a matched pair of Colt SAA .44 Specials. Once when sitting with a group of fellows enjoying a cool brew after a long day of cowboy action shooting, one guy said, “Someday I want to get a pair of Colt’s with consecutive serial numbers and then get them really gussied up with engraving and ivory grips.” At that I raised my hand. We made a deal and I actually made a little profit on those guns. That was rare. Most of the time I buy guns for shooting, but there have been a few instances where there were other reasons. For instance, twice I have bought guns just to get the ammunition that was being sold with them. Once at a gun show I spotted a British Webley Mk VI .455 revolver, but really got excited to see that with it was a 12-round box of Canadianmade military ammo dated 1943. What a great photo prop! I already had a Mk VI Webley so I tried to just buy the box of ammo. No deal; the owner wouldn’t consider it. So I bought the gun and got the box with it. Actually, back at home after comparing the two handguns, I decided the new one was better and so I sold the old one. Duke had to buy a Webley Mk VI .455 revolver just to get this box of original 1943-dated military cartridges (above) so they could be used as photo props. In order to get this wooden case (below) with all the accessories in it, Duke also had to buy the revolver in it. he then replaced it with his better quality one already on hand. sweetens the Pot More recently a fellow offered me a Hungarian Model 95 carbine in the odd 8x56mm rimmed chambering. I already owned one and was about to pass on his when he added that the price included 65, 10-round packets of original 1939-dated military loads. They were still in their original 5-round clips, still in their 10-round cardboard boxes and all were still in their original wooden packing crate. I jumped all over that deal! Another time I bought a rifle just to get its stock. It was a zany looking thing. Someone had laminated all sorts of bits and pieces of maple and walnut together and then whittled a varmint-style stock out of it. This was at another gun show and my first reaction was, “Just how homely can you get?” By the end of the day I just had to have it. The barreled action in it was a still military issue US Model 1903A3, which was a far cry from a varmint rifle. Again its owner wouldn’t comply with my request to just buy the stock, so I bought the entire rifle. Its barreled action was sold and I had my gunsmith build it into a top-notch .25-06 varminter. Like so many other guns, it was sent down the road but it’s one of the few I’ve thought back on. Duke needed a set of grips like these for another vintage Smith & Wesson revolver and also the original holster for Model 1917 revolvers. So he bought an S&W Model 1917 that came with both items and then gave the gun itself to a friend. 18 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • MAY 2011