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New Jersey man makes mailbox in form of giant revolver
The Express Times ^ | September 5, 2013 | Jim Deegan

Posted on 09/07/2013 5:50:10 PM PDT by Rodamala

To say Roger Buchko supports gun rights would be an understatement. Just ask his letter carrier.

Buchko, 49, of Lopatcong Township, made a giant mailbox in the shape of a .44 Magnum revolver that has been drawing attention and turning heads in his northwestern New Jersey community.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; guns; mailbox; secondamendment

Photo Credit: Sue Beyer

Ever since Buchko installed the mailbox two weeks ago, he's been overwhelmed by the support he's received.

"At least 500 people have taken pictures of it already," said Buchko, a semi-retired cabinetmaker. "They love it. I haven't had one hater yet, except one night somebody threw eggs on it.

"I'm lucky. I expected everybody was going to hate me but turns out everybody loves me."

Buchko got the idea while surfing the Internet one day.

"I just came across a couple on the Internet, and I said, 'I could build one of them but much better,'" he said in an interview today. I'm like a crazy artist. I get an idea in my head and just roll with it."

Buchko said he worked a couple of hours per day for three or four months on the replica gun. He modeled it after his own Smith & Wesson, he said.

He did it, he said, not to make a statement about gun ownership or to anger anyone with philosophical differences. He said he respects different viewpoints.

"I put it out there to try to get some work and because I needed a new mailbox," he said.

A friend, excavator Troy Vansyckle, helped build the mailbox, which is made of wood and PVC pipe. It weighs several hundred pounds and is mounted on a 1,200-pound steel plate for which Buchko enlisted Vansyckle's backhoe to install.

The gun's ammunition cylinder, which revolves on ball bearings, is made of wood, as is the grip. The barrel is PVC piping. Bills, letters and junk mail all get deposited into the muzzle. Buchko says his mail carrier loves it.

He checked with postal officials before placing the piece at roadside.

"I don't see a problem with it," saidPhillipsburg Postmaster Melody Baylis. "As long as it accommodates the size of the mail he receives, it's not a problem."

Baylis, postmaster in the Warren County town the past two years, said she was amazed by Buchko's craftsmanship.

The mailbox, she said, isn't any different in principle than other mailboxes shaped like fish, cartoon characters or other nontraditional receptacles.

"I think it's very innovative. I'm 100 percent supportive," she said.

Buchko was pleased with the outcome.

"It's a monument," he said.

[I linked above directly to the photographers photoarchive for article... I would hotlink them, but this is not fun posting to FR on my phone. Please check out his work... it's honestly very impressive. OH! There is a poll at the link for the article... last I saw it was 75% for 25% against.

1 posted on 09/07/2013 5:50:10 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

A whole new meaning to the phrase “I’ll shoot you a letter.”


2 posted on 09/07/2013 5:52:09 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: Yo-Yo

It cool. veeerry cool. But in a sane world, this isn’t a news story.


3 posted on 09/07/2013 5:54:06 PM PDT by Brasky (You miss every shot you never take)
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To: Rodamala
You should see his barbecue grill:


4 posted on 09/07/2013 5:56:38 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Rodamala

That is great looking. How much to build me one?


5 posted on 09/07/2013 5:57:07 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Rodamala

That is great looking. How much to build me one?


6 posted on 09/07/2013 5:57:29 PM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Rodamala

What caliber is it?


7 posted on 09/07/2013 6:02:20 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Rodamala

New Jersey, interesting. You know the left is scratching their heads and wondering how some gun loving, “right-wing” kook could actually be in their state.


8 posted on 09/07/2013 6:02:22 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Yo-Yo

Nice work. I hope it gets him more business as is his goal.


9 posted on 09/07/2013 6:06:57 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Rodamala

The guy is an artiste.


10 posted on 09/07/2013 6:08:21 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: dowcaet

Northwestern (rural) NJ is still quite conservative.


11 posted on 09/07/2013 6:09:52 PM PDT by Rodamala
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I haven't had one hater yet, except one night somebody threw eggs on it.

The sole opposition was expressed by an act of vandalism. Liberals are so mature.

12 posted on 09/07/2013 6:10:34 PM PDT by NJRighty ("It's sick out there and getting sicker" - Bob Grant)
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To: Rodamala

Okay, the gun mailbox is pretty cool, but decorating the cross with an American flag seems quite inappropriate.


13 posted on 09/07/2013 6:12:36 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Joe 6-pack
There's always the .88 Magnum to admire. ;)


14 posted on 09/07/2013 6:15:12 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: deoetdoctrinae

“It shoots through schools.”


15 posted on 09/07/2013 6:15:47 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Rodamala
*Someone* will be offended, in 3....2....1


16 posted on 09/07/2013 6:19:08 PM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: dfwgator

17 posted on 09/07/2013 6:23:46 PM PDT by Daffynition (Life's short- paddle hard!)
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To: Rodamala

That guy looks like a hoot after he’s had a few beers. Wish I was his neighbor.


18 posted on 09/07/2013 6:34:28 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (Still crazy after all these beers.)
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To: Rodamala

19 posted on 09/07/2013 7:06:07 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Rodamala
except one night somebody threw eggs on it.

One of his unfortunate neighbors no doubt.

20 posted on 09/07/2013 10:46:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
What caliber is it?

Says it's modeled after a .44 - probably 4400 triple magnum. Takes two men to load a shell.

21 posted on 09/08/2013 4:29:42 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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