A special gift

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by deadguy, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Several years ago, I purchased a 1943 Colt WWII era 1911 from a co-worker's son. I always had a soft spot for the older models, and felt it was kind of neat to have one in the safe. Nostalgia and all that jazz. It was worn, pitted, and obviously shot quite a bit, and that was OK. It was still a piece of history. I was able to shoot it a few times over the years, but it mostly took up space in the safe.

    My brother in law had expressed interest in seeing the '43, so I took it home to my parents' home for the holidays. My dad was the first to see it since the BIL wasn't coming over until later that evening. As my dad and I sat in his living room, and he fondled the pistol, he made a comment about always wanting a 45. Now, over my years of owning this gun, I had entertained the idea of giving it to him. After he said this, I took about 10 seconds to think it over, and told him he could have it. He then said he would trade a Henry 44 magnum lever action (basically new, and he had gotten it from his deceased brother's children). I told him there was no need to for a trade. He could have it. Many of you have seen that look on a person's face, but this one was special to me. He sat there looking it over for several more minutes before handing it back to me.

    The next day, my dad, my sister, my BIL, and I went out to shoot. We shot several different guns, including the old Colt. I think he enjoyed it, gritter trigger, random ejection pattern and all.

    Two days later, we went out to his shop to clean all the guns we had fired that day. He asked for assistance in stripping down the Colt, and I was more than happy to show him while giving him basic information on how the different parts functioned and worked together. This was a role reversal of sorts for me, because this man has taught me so much through the years about many aspects of life, as well as practical skills in basic auto mechanics, construction, etc. Being able to finally teach him something was special to me, and he was like a kid soaking up the knowledge. Later in the day I asked if he was comfortable stripping the Colt, and he remarked that he was actually just thinking about it. Obviously, the experience stuck with him.

    The Colt was no doubt special for him, but the greatest gift of the week came in the form of the time I was able to spend with him. In my 45+ years, we haven't had many bonding moments like we did those few days. It was indeed a special gift.

    His new Colt
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  2. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I am humbled by your story. You are a good and honorable son.
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  3. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    That’s a great story DG. The memories that go along with an object are often times more important then the object. Now that old Colt has even more importance to you.
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  4. bobo3020

    bobo3020 Well-Known Member

    Jul 31, 2014
    Awesome gift and the time with dad bonding is priceless! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. khend1

    khend1 Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Mar 10, 2013
    Thanks for sharing that. You’re a good man, DG.
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  6. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Your thread on patterns in life made me think of one in this story. In my 45 years and receiving priceless gifts from my dad, I was able to give him a 45 in return.

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  7. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    I did get to fondle the 44mag lever action. Brass receiver and octagonal barrel, still wearing the price tag. Even if he had insisted on the trade, I don't think I could have accepted it. Just before my uncle's death, he wanted to shoot it. The two of them went out and shot one tube of rounds through it. I'm certain that rifle carries much sentimental value for my dad.

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  8. boatdoc

    boatdoc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2015
    great idea and a wonderful [email protected] kudos to you for not taking his henry too
  9. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    Truly a lesson in life , it’s a blessing to give something back to the ones we love and respect and seeing the joy in their faces.
    May This simple act of selflessness serve as a lesson to us all to appreciate our loved ones while we still have them .
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  10. Gafanhao

    Gafanhao Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 24, 2018
    Great story, going shooting with Dad tomorrow now.
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    Bro. Pappaw Well-Known Member

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  12. john_anch_ak

    john_anch_ak Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 7, 2017
    Great story about great folks. You are indeed lucky to have such a father, and he is lucky to have you for a son.
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  13. xerts1191

    xerts1191 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2017
    I have something in my eye, excuse me.
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  14. 1L26

    1L26 Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018

    When its right it's right! Very cool!
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  15. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    They are there, etched into the fabric of our daily lives. We just need to un-busy ourselves to find them.

    The more we find, the richer we become. Those threads, those patterns, transcend our current dimension and are deposits into the bank account of the next.

    When we become rich in these, we carry no baggage (regrets) to our appointment with you . . . .

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  16. joerockhead

    joerockhead "BOURBON" It's not just for Breakfast anymore ! Supporting Addict

    Oct 12, 2011
    What a great story.... Thank you for sharing as we can all relate to what you were experiencing...
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  17. Lou1

    Lou1 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 1, 2018
    Dammit, you made my eyes leak. My father died this past October and reading your story hit me hard. Cherish all those moments.
  18. deadguy

    deadguy Charlie Daniels Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Really sorry to hear this, Lou. One day my father will pass away as well, and I will be able to look back on this experience with fond memories and a huge smile.

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  19. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Enjoy it as I have many memories of hunting and fishing with my dad. He died at 52, 31 years ago and I still miss him terribly.

    Wonderful memory you have to keep and bring up from time to time. Will smile when you think about it.
  20. MHarvey

    MHarvey Active Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    That is a great story. I’m fortunate enough to live next door to my dad, but he’s had some health issues lately and hasn’t felt like getting out and shooting. Those are moments you’ll cherish forever, no doubt.
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