Gun Show Samaritan
I had noticed a fellow in line wearing a ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ cap. That is an almost certain indication of a High Road member. I tentatively walked up, asked him where he got the cap, and then introduced myself. We chatted a bit, and then I resumed watching the crowds.
Later, I was chatting with Cussin' Bob when I noticed a fellow in a white felt cowboy hat with a goatee talking to a dealer about an old N frame. The dealer was offering $200 for the gun, and the owner kept saying he just wanted to know what it was worth, not sell it. I stood by, and listened. When the gunowner finally walked away in frustration, I went up to him and asked to see the revolver. It was a Smith & Wesson N frame chambered in .44 Special, five screws, with a six and a half inch barrel and fixed sights. I told the gentleman that I did not know just what his gun was worth, but I had a book that would tell him what the fair market value was. I explained what the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson was, and offered to retrieve my copy from the car if he wanted.
Once back inside with the book, we opened it on the gunwale of a bassboat. We discussed the condition problems of his revolver, which placed it in the good to very good range. Supica had listed his revolver at $450 to $575. I told the gent that I was not interested in a .44 Special revolver. When he told me it was his late father's gun, I advised him to keep it. I explained how refinishing an old gun destroys it's value, and that as a family heirloom, his revolver is irreplacable should he sell it. He asked me about the yoke sticking, and I pointed out the sideplate screws could have been mixed up, creating a bind on the yoke. I offered to clean and lubricate the old gun for him, free of charge, and I left a reference so he could check me out first. We shook hands, and parted ways. Hopefully, my karma is good now......