A tale of two Red Ryders – Part 2

by B.B. Pelletier

Update on Tom/B.B.: Improvements continue! One of the doctors mentioned that they’re starting to look down the road to see when he can be discharged. Nothing definite yet, but things look promising!

Today’s guest blog is a continuation of last Thursday’s, comparing a vintage Red Ryder with a new one.

Part 1

by BG_Farmer

Cosmetic differences cont’d

Both guns have identical view ports, through which you can see that a BB has been fed correctly. Externally, of course, I cannot detect any difference in the feeding and loading mechanisms. The old one is a little less particular about correct orientation during cocking. The 1938B loads reliably but is more particular about the orientation of the gun than the older 1938.
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A tale of two Red Ryders – Part 1

by B.B. Pelletier

Update on B.B./Tom: Tom is walking around the hospital halls several times a day (using a walker). The doctor said he seems to be recovering faster than expected. Today, Tom’s moving to a different floor…where patients go when they need less nursing care. Good news!

Today, we have a guest blog from BG_Farmer. It’s a two-parter, and you’ll see the rest of it on Monday.

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Vintage Quackenbush airguns

by B.B. Pelletier

Update on Tom/B.B.: Tom’s eating more and feeling better. A new doctor with a good bedside manner has taken over his case and has a game plan to help Tom recover and finally go home.

Today’s blog originally appeared in Airgun Revue #6, which was published in 2000.

Do you sometimes wish you were alive around the turn of the 20th century so you could see all the new airguns that are now valuable collector’s items? How wonderful it must have been to walk into a store at that time and see a brand new air rifle displayed with its original box and all the accessories that originally accompanied it.

Some collectors are fortunate enough to have a few of the old guns still in their original boxes…guns that have threaded their stealthy way through time, missing the ravages of kids and not-so-young adults, who can be pretty rough, too. Although the values of those times were not the same as in our current disposable era, many vintage things eventually did get tossed on the trash heap, for living space if nothing else. The term modern has long been the siren song of the salesman, who has to convince you that what you have is in no way the equal of what you could buy from him. Hence, material goods pass through cycles, from useful to old to outdated to obsolete to quaint and, eventually, to antique and very desirable. In that time, the ephemera, such as boxes, papers, sales receipts and such, got winnowed on the threshing floor of practicality. read more