2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

Monday, August 5, 2013

A fantastic flea market find...

My wife and her sister opened up a booth in an antique mall over this Spring and specialize in repairing and repainting used furniture and items for re-use.  They hunt and scavenge for inventory through a number of resources....auctions, yard sales, estate sales and even the humble flea market.  Flea markets are an cultural activity going back hundreds, if not thousands of years that establish the basic concept of commerce in society; and were used as a primary means of selling, bartering and trading before the establishment of fixed structures for these purposes became commonplace.  Today in America, flea markets have gone from quaint 2nd and 3rd tier economic events to sometimes upscale and swanky events thanks to the likes of HGTV and other reality style TV shows....

The flea market in Delaware, Ohio that I went to with my wife is pretty much on the other end of that spectrum....

Gathering at the Delaware County Fairgrounds each Sunday from 8 until noon, the market attracts people from all over to sell their goods on folding tables gathered along "trails" around the fairgrounds grandstand at a price of $15 a day to do so.  You can find everything from fruits and vegetables, grocery items (obviously being sold by "ultra couponer" types), tools, yard equipment, mopeds, household goods, porn (no I didn't look, would you buy it from and old guy selling it out the back of his van?), clothing, and yes....even guns.

Looks legit to me...
 The majority of firearms that were on display for sale would mostly fall in my opinion into one of two categories...."Fudd guns" and "Mall Ninja Specials".  In the category of "Fudd Guns" there were a bevy of used hunting shotguns, bolt action and tube fed .22 rifles, old revolvers and pistols and even a few black powder pieces for good show.  Over on the "Mall Ninja Special" category you had Hi-Point pistols, "tactical" shotguns and a few .22 type rifles and the like...in much fewer quantities that the fudd offerings.  In addition there was a vast array of items in the "accessory" category often associated with firearms.....literally tons of knives and blades, some ammo, cases, holsters, web gear and military clothing, magazines (aka "clips" to many of the masses assembled) and other such gun show "bling".

There are always exceptions though...

I found this guy in the middle of the market that had a couple of M1 Garands on his table and a Mauser style rifle along with a bunch of ammo.  Both Garands were in decent shape, but listed at around $900 a piece (not that anyone necessarily pays full price at these things) and the Mauser was marked $250.  After a bit of haggling - actually me just starting to walk away - he offered it at $150...SOLD!  Here it is....

My version of a Swedish meatball.... and no, you won't find this at Ikea, they have a posted no CCW policy...bastards...

Its a Swedish M38 Mauser pattern short rifle in 6.5x55mm made by Husqvarna in 1943.  The Swedish government "officially" maintained a policy of neutrality with both the axis and ally powers during WWII, but never-less with war raging all around them the did maintain military weapons production during the war to update and maintain their own forces. Part of this production was designed around the older M1896 patterned Mauser rifle in 6.5x55mm.  The round was decided on jointly by both Norway and Sweden as a joint use round, with each country using their own procured rifle for it, in Norway's case the Krag-Jorgensen rifle that the US Army eventually adopted.  The Swedes shortened and updated the design in 1938 (hence M38) and produced this particular version as a "short rifle" between 1942 and the end of the war by the Husqvarna company (the same one that makes tools and tractors ).

Overall, its in excellent condition and according to my friend and very knowledgeable friend, Otto, a steal at that price! I also bought a can of Greek surplus .30-06 ammo (CMP stock) from the guy at a bit above what I knew that they went for up at Camp Perry, but then again I don't have to spend 4 hours and gas money to go get my own now either.  In addition, for farts and smiles, I bought a used Jennings compound bow just to play around with. 

Now, before anyone tries to snipe at me with a comment, keep in mind that the buying and selling of firearms as personal property is perfectly legal in Ohio as long as both parties are legally able to possess said firearms in the locality in which the transaction takes place.  While I was not asked if I was a resident or under disability to own a firearm (that, I believe, is the legal term) I did offer up my CCW card to the seller (who turned out to be a fellow Ohio Gun Collectors Association - OGCA for short - member himself) and gave verbal notice that I was able to own one.  Furthermore, since the firearm I purchased (which I am voluntarily disclosing in a public forum here) falls within the list of Curio & Relic firearms, I have entered it into my 03 FFL C&R "Bound Book" as is requried by law.... See NSA, I have nothing to hide....

So in the end I found out that sometimes out of the way places are also great places to find a good C&R bargain....don't overlook them!

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