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Heartbreaking sight at gun show this weekend...mistreated antiques...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by benEzra, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Went to a local gun show this weekend, and there was a big table with the most amazing collection of antique arms I had ever seen in person. British Tower muskets, muzzleloading rifles dated 1862, antique Colts from the mid-1800's. At least 50 such firearms, maybe more, plus a table full of accessories (powder horns and the like).


    Slap a thin coat of Boeshield T-9 on there, at least, or even (gasp) GUN OIL. How hard can it be? I wouldn't treat a Lorcin that badly, never mind an original Colt revolver, or a rifle that saw action in the Civil War...

    I still can't believe it. :eek: :banghead: :cuss: :(
  2. Pax Jordana

    Pax Jordana Well-Known Member

    And they say there's no violence at gun shows... :(

    So goes history. Among my grandfather's things was the stock to an ancient rifle musket he bought for three dollars.. from a farmer who'd just pounded the barrel into the ground (needed a stake to tie his cow to.)

    I hope you took the incentive to buy them and keep them happy.
  3. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Sorry, couldn't from a financial standpoint. I sure thought about it, though. :(

    OK, I officially announce the benEzra Adopt-a-Musket Rescue Fund. You all can paypal me your donations so I can rescue these deserving guns from their fate. :D
  4. ky_man

    ky_man Well-Known Member

    You sure you weren't seeing browned barrels?

  5. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    Yes. They were blotched with orange-red powdered rust, like when you leave a piece of un-oiled steel out in the rain for a week. You could have wiped your finger across them and come away with a rust-red finger.

    Sort of like this:


    Coverage was similar to the bottom left photo, but not as deep; it was finely patterned like you'd get from long-term humidity exposure instead of water spray. But to see that on the sideplate of a gun marked "1862"...grrr... :fire:

    It was superficial, and some gun oil and a rag would have wiped off most of it. But in 10 years, they'll be pitted.
  6. cnorman18

    cnorman18 Well-Known Member

    painful, isn't it?

    Was once visiting the parents of one of my wife's piano students, and the husband and I began talking about guns. He showed me five or six .45s that he carried regularly, and then we went in the bedroom where he had some long guns in a closet. Some shotguns, a couple of .22s, a milsurp or two, nothing very interesting--and then he pulled out an original U.S. Cavalry Sharps carbine covered with fine rust.

    I'm telling you, if he hadn't been my wife's employer, twice my size, and a cop, I'd have given him one upside the head.

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