What a beautiful piece of work

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  1. Mugsie1

    Mugsie1

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    My VFW friend, a very spry and active 94 year old WWII veteran asked my to come to his house the other day and help him with a couple of pistols. One was a 380 Browning bda nickle plated with wood grips, with only 5 rounds through it!

    He bought it new some time in the 70 or 80 time frame (he didn't remember). What a piece of art. Everything just felt perfect. It fit like a glove in my hand. The feel of the all metal frame, the palm swell, perfect. A far cry from today's guns.

    He also had a Ruger MKII 22LR pistol, new and never fired either.

    His pride was a 1945 Arisaka 31 cal rifle he brought back from Japan after the war. Perfect condition and still covered in some cosmoline he had applied. Nice piece of history.

    He just wanted to show them to me and I wanted to share it here.
     
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    Those are nice guns.

    Beretta made them
     
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  3. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    Be nice to him.
     
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    Nestor Lean & Mean

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    You are lucky to have a friend like that. I said it many times, but will say it again. They just don't build them as they used to. With each, passing year it's getting painfully more obvious.
     
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    The old world craftsmanship is gone.
     
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    Great story.

    Had a chance to buy a .380 BDA years back for what would have been a solid deal, but I didn't pull the trigger (so to speak).

    Wish I did.
     
  7. Mugsie1

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    I told him to give them to his sons when he passed. He said "they don't like guns". I told him do it anyway, they may change their minds since they would now have sentimental value attached.

    I feel bad for people like him, who have something they are proud of, the guns and his service, and the family doesn't appreciate it.

    He's some character and I'm honored to have him as a friend.
     
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    That’s a shame for sure.
     
  9. ChuteTheMall

    ChuteTheMall Wallbuilder and Weapon Bearer

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    Future pawn shop find, unless he finds them a good home before it's too late.
     
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    Pictures....?
     
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    fasteddie565 Combat Diver

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    Very cool, Brother. Its amazing what some folks have stuffed back in a foot locker.....
     
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    hogship Stop the steal! Silver Member

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    hogship Stop the steal! Silver Member

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    Truly.......there are some products where the craftsmanship is still there, but the price tag is usually much higher. If I were to give it my best guess, I'd say most business models these days, have migrated from emphasis on the product excellence, to the bottom line.....
     
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