Re: Date of Manufacture (curious)
It seems to be a natural curiosity of most people. Some of it, I agree, is fueled by the internet and the Antiques Roadshow, where the older it is, the more valuable it is. But I think a lot of it is that crap, nowadays, isn’t designed to last. People are so surprised when you have something that's old, and they want to know "how old".
Sometimes I’ll pull up somewhere, and someone will say, “Hey, nice truck. What year is it?” If I had a piece of Combat Tupperware in my hand, or a tricked-out 1911 with a rail and a laser, nobody would care, but if it’s a single action revolver, or plain-jane 1911, somebody is sure to say, “Wow. How old is that?”
But me, I just like knowing how old my guns are. Back when SARCO brought in all those Husqvarnas, a few years back, I bought some. Thought it was kinda cool, when I found out that one of the shotguns was made in 1922. My father was born in 1922. That’s old. I bought an old Smith, and checked the date on it. It was made in 1955. I was made in 1955. That’s also cool. They made the 1903 Colt 32 automatic until the early 40s. Having a gun that is like the one that Clyde Barrow carried is kinda cool. Finding out it was made in 1928, so while it wasn’t carried by Clyde, it might have been carried by a cop that was chasing him (as opposed to one made in 1939, after he was killed) is cooler. Sometimes people look at their old guns and think, “If this could just talk”. They imagine things. “This M1 rifle coulda been at Omaha Beach.” Well, the SN on mine dates it to June of ’44, so I don’t think mine was there.
Then, sometimes it’s just – curiosity. I’ve got a mug. I think it’s called a “Toby” mug. My mother gave it to me for Christmas, one year. It had been her father’s. Now, Grandpa died in ’67. So, did he buy this in ’62, or in 1904? Its age really does not matter, unless I planned on selling it. But – I’d like to know. Just because.
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