Pawn Shop Circuit: Extremes
Not too much had changed under the glass at Kenny's. The Llama 1911 style pistol was still there, as well as a Beretta 92FS and a beat up Taurus clone of it. Kenny had a couple of Ruger centerfire semi-autos as well. Nothing really interesting. I began to scan the rifle and shotgun rack when a little .22 rifle caught my eye.
A few years back I had purchased a Norinco copy of John Moses Browning's .22 caliber auto rifle. I had cost me $129 new at a gun show. I had shot a couple of the Browning 22 Autos, and I had liked them. They shouldered well, and were a light, accurate .22 rifle.Although I liked the way the Brownings felt, and though the Norinco felt the same, the Norinco 22 was roughly crafted, and it was never reliable. After a year of trying to force reliability into a stubborn commie copy, I traded it off for another gun.
The large hang tag on Kenny's .22 rifle sang a siren's call to me...... $129. I asked to see it, and was surprised to find it to be a Grade 1 Browning. Although made in Japan in 1980, not Belgium, it was never the less a nice rifle. While I was checking it to see if it had a cartridge in the chamber, Kenny asked me what it was. "An old timey twenty-two," I told him.
"Think it's worth much?" he asked.
"Oh, it's worth what it's priced at, I reckon," I replied as I broke out my wallet.
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