Let me tell you mine..
In 1988 I was one hell of a gun trader. By some luck, I ran onto a then brand new Ruger P-85 9mm pistol. This was the “IT” pistol back in the day. I took mine with me on a road trip to Texas to see my dad.
We went to a gun show in Grapevine, and I ran into a man with a bunch of guns. His best one was the one I’d always wanted..a Series 70 Colt Lightweight Commander in 45 ACP.
I told the guy Id trade him the ruger for it..I was just joking and didnt think he’d bite, but he did. I took his number and planned to get with him and make the trade..I mean..the LW Commander is the perfect concealed carry gun for the Jeff Cooper devotee like me.
But for some reason I chickened out and didnt follow through. It wasn’t till later that I REALLY realized how much more the commander was worth.
I schedule time every day to kick my own ass for doing that.
You never know. Sometimes it pays to be cautious (chicken) when a gun trade seems almost too good to be true. I don’t know how carefully you inspected that Commander, but I do know that it’s easy to be seduced by a pretty face without looking to see behind the makeup. Perhaps your instincts were taking good care of you. I share your admiration for Col. Cooper, and miss him as well. Interestingly, I also used to live in Grapevine.