Skip to comments.Gun found in hollowed-out book donated to Illinois library
Posted on 10/27/2012 10:28:05 AM PDT by Altariel
VALPARAISO, Ill. -- There's quite a tale that goes with a book donated to the Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library this week, and it's got nothing to do with fiction.
An employee cracking open a copy of Robert Stone's "Outbridge Reach" found the book hollowed out with a historic-looking handgun inside, Valparaiso police said.
The weapon was described by police as a gold, wooden handle, A.S.M. brand, .31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun.
Due to the volume of donations received by the library, officials said there's no way to know from whom the book came.
Police said, however, the gun hadn't been reported stolen.
A book about guns. And if you don’t have a gun....
The ultimate pop-up book!
Who writes these headlines? It sounds like someone found a gun in a hollowed out book and donated it to the library.
Probably the owner died and this was disposed of as part of the estate.
John Wilkes Booth’s back up gun.
RAT TAT TAT! Kill the dog! RAT TAT TAT! Kid! RAT TAT TAT! Old lady! TAT TAT TAT! Oh sh**....officer down! Sorry Sarge, finger slipped!
The police are knee-jerk anti-gun nuts.
This is obviously an old, historically valuable weapon that has probably been in that book since the original owner died and his heirs were unaware of what it was.
It belongs in a display case, not in a police department locker.
My uncle used to have a pair of black powder, muzzle loading dueling pistols in the drawer of his library, along with loading rod, a few patches, and some lead balls. Those things are really cool, not something for the police to confiscate and mistreat.
ASM = Armi san Marco
Italian maker active in the 1970’s & 80’s
They made thousands of replica revolvers.
This gun is a cheap replica. Somebody cut out a book and put a magnetic cabinet clasp on it to make a display piece. It’s actual value is about $50, including the book.
“...a gold, wooden handle, A.S.M. brand, .31-caliber, single shot, black powder gun...”
Which the typical journalist would call a “Glock”.
Or a semi automatic high powered assault pistol that is most favored by international terrorists.
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