Today at an Auction


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2RCO
July 12, 2009, 12:15 AM
I feel the need to type this story about something that happened today as a lesson for us all...

This morning I had to go to a town a ways off for a family event. In conflict with this family event was an Estate auction that had several Browning Superposed shotguns that belonged to a guy that had been a friend of my Dad's. Since I wouldn't be able to be at the auction but my Dad was going I stopped by at about 7:45 AM to preview the guns and leave him bidding info.

I had to pull the guns out of a safe and lay them on tables while the auctioneer and family members of the deceased stood by. They required anyone who handled the guns to wear white gloves. I wasn't a huge fan of the gloves but really didn't mind. The guns were all Lightnings from 65 to 72 nothing super fancy but nice enough and for this area a Superposed might as well be a British Best gun since their aren't many around. Then walks in Mr. Knowitall Gunowner. Guy gripes about gloves advises that they aren't graded guns so why the gloves. Then it gets personal in his yammerring he pops out with "Hell these are transition guns and worthless." At this point I ask the gentleman in a very friendly tone, "What are you meaning by transition guns?" his reply to this was.."If you don't know what a transition model you don't know sh*) about guns." instead of unloading on him I asked are you talking about the late model guns before the Citori came into play? He muttered a bit and said yes! I think he was also trying to articulate the Tang differences but didn't know the word. I let him keep rambling incoherently at which point he pops out with what I think was, "I don't need any of this junk anyways and I won't even bid." This is where 2RCo should have been a nice guy and shut up but couldn't hold back --I said, "I hope you don't that'll make them cheaper for me." The guy then stormed off into the sunset.

What I am getting at with this story is --Why are gun owners Jerks to each other? Why when someone asks a question do we get into pissing contests about whose gun knowledge is greater? Even most experts will agree that from time to time a gun will come around that will stump them. If I had been a new gun buyer trying to learn this ordeal might have ran me off.

Anyways maybe we can all be friendlier with guys who have questions and check our ego at the door. In order to encourage our hobby this might be a good idea.

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Agent 006 &7/8
July 12, 2009, 12:33 AM
Sounds like he was trying to tick/drive off any competition for said firearms. Either way he seems to be a jerk.

moewadle
July 12, 2009, 12:44 AM
making yourself a doormat for someone is always the best ideal. Your term, Checking egos at the door...shows a lot of insight. What is the saying about someone probably being a fool and then he opens his mouth and proves he is. Let the loudmouth arrogant fools have their say and leave and walk quietly and peacefully among them. In the long run you will ALWAYS BE THE WINNER. It may not seem so but you will gain the good will and respect of third parties who are observing and your rewards will be great. Getting into a so-called pi**ing contest with someone is rarely a constructive thing in which to engage. Leave the scene with personal satisfaction that you did the right thing from a human point-of-view, an ethical point-of-view, and a spiritual point-of-view if any one or more of those matter to you.

wrs840
July 12, 2009, 12:47 AM
I respond to stuff like that trying to be subtly clever. Sometimes, I'm probably not subtle enough.

FWIW, auction-guns around my neck-o-the-woods usually get bid-up beyond any justifiable retail.

Les

maskedman504
July 12, 2009, 12:50 AM
You will find the machismo types in anything remotely competetive; fast cars, guns, weight lifting, sports etc. Thankfully they are a definite minority. (25%) :D

You should hear some of the conversations on my local racquetball court (which schedules reservations a week out).

jimmyraythomason
July 12, 2009, 01:01 AM
Post removed by poster. Sorry, post was OT of thread.

2RCO
July 12, 2009, 01:33 AM
FWIW, auction-guns around my neck-o-the-woods usually get bid-up beyond any justifiable retail.

For the most part that is true around here as well, in fact I've been downright dumfounded on what I've seen a few guns go for-- . Wasn't this time though my dad managed to get them for what I was willing to pay and I ended up with a couple more Brownings.

doc2rn
July 12, 2009, 02:06 AM
FWIW, auction-guns around my neck-o-the-woods usually get bid-up beyond any justifiable retail.
Same around here saw a Colt Diamondback (the one I always wanted) go from $800 starting bid I dropped out at $3500 but it went up to $4375. Same 2 guys went at it the whole auction, and I think they were employees.

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July 12, 2009, 11:41 AM
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FWIW, auction-guns around my neck-o-the-woods usually get bid-up beyond any justifiable retail.
Same around here saw a Colt Diamondback (the one I always wanted) go from $800 starting bid I dropped out at $3500 but it went up to $4375. Same 2 guys went at it the whole auction, and I think they were employees.

Have been at a couple of auctions where that happened, I bid where I wanted to with a couple of guys doing that, but then dropped out, letting them have the bid. They kept getting no sales on those items. Didn't take long for lots of folks to catch on.

chrissmallwood
July 12, 2009, 04:28 PM
Did you win the auction for the shotguns?

2RCO
July 12, 2009, 04:35 PM
Chris, My Dad was able to win 4 of the 7 I asked him to bid on for me. The problem is he Cherry picked the best two and kept them himself. So out of 7 I ended up with 2.

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