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Is that a rifle in Grandpa's closet?
nrablog.com ^ | 6 July, 2012 | Lars Dalseide

Posted on 07/07/2012 5:51:46 AM PDT by marktwain

Fairfax, Virginia - After safely stored away in his grandfather's closet for years, the Springfield rifle above almost found it's way to the scrap heap. Luckily Carl was there to save the day. And lucky for us, he brought it in to the National Firearms Museum's for inspection.

"A few of my family members were go through my grandfather's closet and found this stuck inside some plastic wrap," Carl began. "Their first reaction was to give it to the local police department for disposal — to which I exclaimed,'Hold on a minute there.'"

That's when Museum Director Jim Supica grabbed his chest. Crisis, of course, was averted. Richard picked up the rifle, took it home and eventually brought it here to the museum. That's when Supica went to work.

"It's a U.S. Trainer, a .22 long rifle bolt action gun. A Model 1922 Springfield Armory and it's just in exceptional, exceptional condition. I bet it looked like this when it came out of the armory."

Supica continued his inspection of the gun as Senior Curator Phil Schreier made his way into the room. After a quick examination, he escorted Carl into the museum library for a look at a collection of similar rifles on display. They talked more about the gun's history, took a few pictures, packed up the rifle and parted ways.

All thankful that Carl was able to save his grandfather's gun.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: banglist; museum; nra; rifle; va
This is the type of item that often ends up in the silly gun turn in programs. It is sad to think of the historical and valuable firearms that end up being scrapped for silly political theater.

Picture at site.

1 posted on 07/07/2012 5:51:56 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Last one I saw in that condition was going for $2400.00.


2 posted on 07/07/2012 5:55:28 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: marktwain

TSA confiscates knives daily and some pretty darn nice.....They all dont make it to trhe scrape heap,for some unknown reason.Think thats what happens to collector firearms these PD’s grab during these buy backs??


3 posted on 07/07/2012 5:58:49 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: t1b8zs

Sadly, the first thought was to turn it over to the cops! See, brainwashing does work. Guns evil! Must destroy! Thankfully at least one clear thinker was present.

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.


4 posted on 07/07/2012 6:10:46 AM PDT by rktman
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To: marktwain

I don’t understand what is the big deal? My husband bought a .306 Springfield of the same vintage (military surplus) by mail order from the NRA in 1959 for $35. It had never been fired until my husband sporterized it and has used it for deer hunting ever since. Although my husband’s gun is a different calibre, I’m sure that these surplus trainers were probably sold in the same way and there are probably 1000s of them out there.

My husband’s gun was stolen once, about 25 years ago, but the police got it back for us. It is now safely stored in a Browning gun safe with my sterling silver.


5 posted on 07/07/2012 6:11:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: marktwain

These people are just lucky that gun didn’t sneak down in the night and shoot them all.


6 posted on 07/07/2012 6:12:16 AM PDT by DManA (hOW)
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To: marktwain

Nice!

But why would some fool think to turn it into the police for disposal? It would end up in some cop’s private collection.


7 posted on 07/07/2012 6:14:46 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

These are fairly rare. There’s a big difference in numbers between a Springfield ‘03 from wartime production, and a training rifle for the standing army of the ‘20’s. I’ve seen beat one’s go for $1000+.


8 posted on 07/07/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: marktwain

I need to point out that I have a special connection to my husband’s Springfield rifle because when I went into labor with our first child, my husband drove the opposite way from the hospital and took me to the gunsmith to pick up his new bolt (made to specially fit the long stock he’d crafted for his gun). It wasn’t until I screamed at him to “TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL, I’m having a baby!” that he turned around and took me to the hospital where our darling daughter was born 12 hours later. 9 lbs, 1 oz.

I remember details like this. LOL.


9 posted on 07/07/2012 6:18:01 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Tijeras_Slim

OK. Point taken, but see my special connection to the .306 in #9.


10 posted on 07/07/2012 6:20:05 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yes, family guns have a worth that transcends dollar.


11 posted on 07/07/2012 6:21:41 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Women, when slighted, have memories that would make an elephant jealous.


12 posted on 07/07/2012 6:24:39 AM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So you demanded to be taken to the hospital immediately, even though you then made everyone wait 12 hours.

And women wonder why we don’t understand them :-)


13 posted on 07/07/2012 6:29:12 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
It wasn’t until I screamed at him to “TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL, I’m having a baby!” that he turned around and took me to the hospital where our darling daughter was born 12 hours later. 9 lbs, 1 oz.

LOL, thanks for sharing. :)
14 posted on 07/07/2012 6:38:32 AM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: SampleMan

LOLOLOL! I have an equally memorable trip to the hospital with the birth of our 4th child where the terrifying ride actually STOPPED labor for a while. That birth took only 3 hours. I’m still arried to him 54 years later.


15 posted on 07/07/2012 6:45:57 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

arried=married


16 posted on 07/07/2012 6:47:01 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: t1b8zs

I was so bummed when I lost my Kershaw Chive to the TSA. I just forgot it was in my pocket. Its always in my pocket.
It was my favorite knife.

Happy ending, I bought another one and I am sure some TSA person is enjoying my first one.


17 posted on 07/07/2012 6:49:24 AM PDT by super7man
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To: marktwain

I have a friend who’s mother had the late father’s WWII ACP .45, complete with all the trappings. Had never been fired any more than necessary for the dad to qualify. wrapped pristinely and put away for 75 years.

Mom gave it to the cops for a $50 gift certificate in a buy-back-and-destroy scam. I’m betting the house that gun is in some cop’s private stash.

Heartbreaking. ‘twas worth what, $3k? $4k? I mean, it was new in the box with original paperwork, holster, ammo, etc.


18 posted on 07/07/2012 6:52:37 AM PDT by crusher (Political Correctness: Stalinism Without the Charm)
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To: crusher
That is literally gut-wrenching. I think of the beautiful and functional gun that are destroyed constantly because people have been brainwashed into thinking guns are evil, and my stomach turns. Its so unnecessary.
19 posted on 07/07/2012 6:56:27 AM PDT by Copenhagen Smile (Ask me no questions, I"ll tell you no lies)
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To: crusher

Sheep being led to the slaughter, my FRiend. Somewhere Stalin, Mao,Lenin, and Kruchev are smiling


20 posted on 07/07/2012 6:57:36 AM PDT by sport
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To: marktwain
sad commentary that NONE of them wanted to keep it...
21 posted on 07/07/2012 7:04:54 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: marktwain

This is the type of item that often ends up in the silly gun turn in programs.

Many of those valuable guns are sucked up by the savvy cops and politicians for free.


22 posted on 07/07/2012 7:11:07 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.")
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To: afraidfortherepublic
OK. Point taken, but see my special connection to the .306 in #9.

Sorry to be a nitpicker, but the caliber is .30-06, not .306, .30 being the actually caliber(.308 or 7.62MM)and 06 being the year it was invented, or actually improved upon from the 30-03.

23 posted on 07/07/2012 7:13:11 AM PDT by calex59
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To: afraidfortherepublic; lightman; SF_Redux; Clint N. Suhks

“... born 12 hours later...”

Heck, you had PLENTY of time for the gunsmith, a couple hours of range time, and a burger & beer. LOL!


24 posted on 07/07/2012 7:15:00 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

That’s funny!

Thanks for sharing.


25 posted on 07/07/2012 7:23:29 AM PDT by panaxanax (Voting 'Third Party' will ensure a Communist-Marxist-Socialist dominated Supreme Court!)
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To: t1b8zs
TSA confiscates knives daily and some pretty darn nice.....They all dont make it to trhe scrape heap,for some unknown reason.

Several years ago, before people caught on, I found an online auction from a state back east for confiscated TSA good. I won several auctions for knives in bulk, a 20 pound box, a few ten pound boxes, a box of multi-tools. When word spread, the winning prices went too high.

I was surprised by the low quality of the knives. There were a very few good brands and oddball foreign knives of good quality, but most were junk. Same with the multi-tools. Some Leathermans but mostly cheap copies. The TSA people didn't seem to like Victorinox Swiss Army knives, there was quite a collection.

It ended up making me mad when I would find a beautiful little penkife, honed razor sharp, engraved with somebody's initials and carried lovingly. Not the weapon of a hijacker. I know how it feels to lose a good knife by accident, to lose it by force must be gut-wrenching.

26 posted on 07/07/2012 7:34:44 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I’m very happy for you. I’ve been with my wife 20 years, and the years have just flown by.


27 posted on 07/07/2012 7:50:23 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: marktwain
I remember reading of a gun buyback many years ago.

A widow woman took her deceased husband's WWI Springfield and 1911 Colt to be disposed of.

The cop on duty recognized them as collector's items and told her to take them to a dealer for appraisal as they were worth way more than what she would get at the buyback.

The cop was later reprimanded by his superiors for letting them get away.

28 posted on 07/07/2012 7:51:00 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: t1b8zs

Kinda like when CAMP raids a marijuana patch.


29 posted on 07/07/2012 8:09:01 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

There were comparatively few of the .22 trainers made, and most of them did not hold up in service due to the destructive effects of corrosive primers on the barrels.


30 posted on 07/07/2012 8:10:20 AM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: calex59

Happy for the correction. I didn’t think .306 looked right.


31 posted on 07/07/2012 8:23:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: marktwain
A Model 1922 Springfield Armory and it's just in exceptional, exceptional condition. I bet it looked like this when it came out of the armory.

And I bet it wasn't drilled and tapped for a scope when it left the armory.

32 posted on 07/07/2012 9:33:07 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

12 hours? Plenty of time! ;)


33 posted on 07/07/2012 9:41:20 AM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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