Pawn Shop Circuit: Jockey Shifts and Empty Shelves
Neil was reading the classified ads behind the counter when I walked in, a stogie clenched between his teeth. I was startled to see Neil's shelves empty. Every television and DVD player was gone. As I approached the counter, I saw one lone cowboy gun with pearlescent grips under the glass. "Damn, Neil," I said, "What happened? Did a hotel buy you out of TVs?"
"No," he replied, "It's just that time of year."
"Time of year?"
I asked to see the cowboy gun. Neil said "Ten bucks if you can tell me what's wrong with it in thirty seconds......."
I looked it over quickly, it was an old Hawes 22 single action revolver. It had a cracked ejector rod housing. I pulled the hammer back, no full cock notch........"No full cock notch," I said.
"Damn....so that's why the firing pin was removed huh?"
I looked, and indeed, the firing pin was gone. "I got took on that one," Neil stated. I'll take the hundred I have in it........"
I thanked Neil for his generosity, but told him I just didn't have a place on my wall to hang it, and if I did, I would hang something else. Neil smirked. "Yeah, maybe I ought to put the thing on a nail by the register to remind me to look better at guns."
"Maybe a biker will buy it, thread the barrel, and screw it onto a jockey shifter," I suggested.
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