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Old 09-12-2019, 06:57 PM   #1
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The last gun I owned was purchased off base at Ft. Rucker, Al in 1966. Nothing much, a little .22 semi-auto that I used to plink with. A couple years later, back in Portland, I needed some cash and sold it to a gun store on 122nd & Powell for $25. Made $10 profit on the deal.

Last year I bought a .177 pump it up rifle to kill a rat that was getting into my squirrel feeder. Also bought a couple semi-auto CO2 BB pistols (9MM look) to encourage deer to stay away from my fruit trees in the back yard. But, those don't go 'BANG' like a real firearm. Still need to treat them the same, however, either of those will take out an eye.

Today I bought a Snake Charmer. It's a cute little .410 with an 18" barrel and handgrip stock. Stainless steel, no less. It will be my halibut tamer if I ever get a big one. I'm almost convinced to pick up a .22 revolver as well. May try it on smaller halibuts?

I just watched 10 people talking about forcing people to give up their weapons. Figured I'd get a couple while I still can.

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Congratulations. Don’t forget the ammo.
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Congratulations. Don’t forget the ammo.
5 slug 2 1/2" shell. Didn't realize .410 is about 3X spendier than 20 gauge. About a buck and a half each at the gun store.
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Good on ya Don.
I wanna purchase another also.
Sold my next to last one when I was on the ropes a few years ago.
A nice P-90 Ruger 45. And before that a Smith 686 +1 357.
That hurt!
Just want a coupla pieces for plinking and keeping the old eye's adjusted, and maybe a bit of home security.
Maybe a 12 gauge street sweeper for backup?
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Thinking of purchasing an old 20mm, from my old ship.
Think Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.
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Wow, I just got rid of a Snake Charmer .410, in a buy back, neat little gun, I traded it for a 357, had no use for it and didn't want it to get in wrong hands so Buy Back I got $100, now I wish I kept it.
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Wow, I just got rid of a Snake Charmer .410, in a buy back, neat little gun, I traded it for a 357, had no use for it and didn't want it to get in wrong hands so Buy Back I got $100, now I wish I kept it.
It's a sweet little gun. Carries 4 shells in the butt, single shot. Very simple gun.
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I just watched 10 people talking about forcing people to give up their weapons. Figured I'd get a couple while I still can.

Give up, ya that worked well in NJ. They outlawed high capacity magazines and owners had to turn them in or face stiff jail and fines. Since they passed it not one magazine has been turned in.


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It's a sweet little gun. Carries 4 shells in the butt, single shot. Very simple gun.
My dad has one, but the forestock is broken. Maybe time to fix it and use it again.

Back in the day, it was a great sea lion gun
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My dad has one, but the forestock is broken. Maybe time to fix it and use it again.

Back in the day, it was a great sea lion gun
Figured it would be useful to stun a mako before dragging it onboard.
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I'm just opposite in my situation.
Being 69 yrs old I have gather a few firearms over the years. Not a horde but a few. I have 22's for plinking (revolver and rifles) I have a couple 12 ga. (one defense and one hunting, that I never did). I have a few others I bought for things I never did.
My problem is that I am approaching my end days and there is no place for them to go. None of my children or grandchildren have any interest in guns.
There is no one else in the family that I would want to have them. I don't want to pass and have my wife stuck with getting rid of them, I would rather sell them and leave money behind. But I hate selling any of them.
Some have meaning to me like the High Standard Double Nine I bought for $50 when I first turned 18, the Model 94 my Mom bought for me to hunt with in 1967 and my first Cowboy Action gun that I bought and tuned up a Ruger Vaquero Birdshead.
What to do?
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Today I bought a Snake Charmer. It's a cute little .410 with an 18" barrel and handgrip stock. Stainless steel, no less. It will be my halibut tamer if I ever get a big one. I'm almost convinced to pick up a .22 revolver as well. May try it on smaller halibuts?

What is the make and model of this little gem? I like the idea of a stainless shotgun for a little onboard firepower.
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Today I bought a Snake Charmer. It's a cute little .410 with an 18" barrel and handgrip stock. Stainless steel, no less. It will be my halibut tamer if I ever get a big one. I'm almost convinced to pick up a .22 revolver as well. May try it on smaller halibuts?

What is the make and model of this little gem? I like the idea of a stainless shotgun for a little onboard firepower.
It is a "Snake Charmer". It's made by a small arms manufacturer in Texas. Not sure all are stainless barrel but it is a plus in a marine environment.
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It's a sweet little gun. Carries 4 shells in the butt, single shot. Very simple gun.

Yes indeed, when I took it to the Arms buyback, I had in the SUV back portion, the Cop opened my lift gate and said OH we have a Snake Charmer, he knew what it was, I'll bet he took it home...............
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HA! I just seen a T-Shirt that said, " I lost all my guns in a boating accident" ...........with that, I am having fun buildings those ArmaLite thingies , buying the 80% lowers and milling them out, when I am done I just melt them down and sell the aluminum.
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It is a "Snake Charmer". It's made by a small arms manufacturer in Texas. Not sure all are stainless barrel but it is a plus in a marine environment.
30 years ago, we had a stainless snake charmer aboard the boat that we guided out of in SE Alaska for dispatching big halibut. It, ah, wasn't very "stainless". We had to hose it down liberally (inside and outside) with WD40, daily, or it would either rust shut or you'd really have to work to pry spent shells out of the chamber.
It almost always went bang when you pulled the trigger, though. One day it went overboard in Sitka sound. It probably splashed down a good ten yards from where my boss threw it....
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30 years ago, we had a stainless snake charmer aboard the boat that we guided out of in SE Alaska for dispatching big halibut. It, ah, wasn't very "stainless". We had to hose it down liberally (inside and outside) with WD40, daily, or it would either rust shut or you'd really have to work to pry spent shells out of the chamber.
It almost always went bang when you pulled the trigger, though. One day it went overboard in Sitka sound. It probably splashed down a good ten yards from where my boss threw it....
Thanks for the head's up. I've got pair of long nosed pliers that ain't quite stainless too.
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Thanks for the head's up. I've got pair of long nosed pliers that ain't quite stainless too.
I've got a brushed stainless rifle that rusts far easier than most blued rifles I own. I think some batches of "stainless" just don't have enough nickel/chromium in them to be truly stainless. Your shotgun might be just fine, but the one I used could have been untreated mild steel for as much as it resisted rust. I just think saltwater kills everything, eventually...
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I've got a brushed stainless rifle that rusts far easier than most blued rifles I own. I think some batches of "stainless" just don't have enough nickel/chromium in them to be truly stainless. Your shotgun might be just fine, but the one I used could have been untreated mild steel for as much as it resisted rust. I just think saltwater kills everything, eventually...
There be truth in that last statement.
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Well, I picked up that .22 revolver today that was on sale at Coastal. Turns out it's a single action. It's a kinda replica of a six-shooter. Bought a brick of 500 cartridges that should last 20 years longer than I do. Now I'm looking for a holster.
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With the direction gun laws are going at 70 I don't recall owning ay guns.

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When I was a kid knew a few old timers that had a bunch of nice guns. After they retired , every month they take a gun or two into town and sell them. Said they did well on resale gave them a bit of breathing room financially


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Ha! I had the same gun as a kid... my dad still has paper shells for it, half never go off and used to stress me out removing them.


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Ha! I had the same gun as a kid... my dad still has paper shells for it, half never go off and used to stress me out removing them.


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Think this one is a later model with an ejector. Still got all your fingers?
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Funny thing, I had a boating accident also! Columbia river no doubt!! Never see those guns again.
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I've got a brushed stainless rifle that rusts far easier than most blued rifles I own. I think some batches of "stainless" just don't have enough nickel/chromium in them to be truly stainless. Your shotgun might be just fine, but the one I used could have been untreated mild steel for as much as it resisted rust. I just think saltwater kills everything, eventually...
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I'm on your side, no matter what anyone says! 'specially w/ a .410 aboard.

Keep it dry. Someday, you may need it...
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