You know how sometimes, you look for something so long, so far away, and in so many places, you just keep giving up? Then there are those few times in between you thought you found what you were looking for, and got the royal fake of all time, sending the seller into lauphing stupers all the way to the bank!
Then, out of nowhere, it's finally found you, when you werent looking at all, but still on the market for that "just the right one" that you had been looking for all this time. It just seems to fall out of the sky, and all at once there it is.
Well I don't have it in my hands yet, "I got the receipt" for it, but it has a special condition...."it must pass" a gunsmith inspection, have the (ME), (TE) and have the headspace inspected/corrected, then finally, hopefully get the all clear "safe to shoot" stamp of approval by the gunsmith. All this is already being taken care of now. But if the rifle fails the safe to shoot test, the owner will not release that particular rifle. I still get full credit either way, so it's no biggie to me, and it's a great way to feel perfectly confident about those "Low number 1903's".
But I hope this one passes, so I can finally put the overwhelming addiction to have a real good 1903 to rest once and for all. But this "one" is special, yeah it's old, its got minor dings & scratches, but it just looks and feels right this time. Plus it's the only time a Gunsmith has actually been involved in trying to check it out for me before I can take it home. I like that, because its a win win situation. If it don't pass, deemed unsafe, or wont headspace properly, or the erosion is very poor, I just get another one and go from there.
Now as to why it's special... It just so happens this one's autographed. "Lucky for me if it passes test, Oh well if it don't". Don't matter anyway, like I said I get credit for it either way. "Who autographed it?" Well, thats my little secret for now, until I have it in my hands. Then Maybe I will finally be able to put the digital camera to it, and post it on here for all to see. I can wait, it's no biggie, and I've waited this long for a good one to get within my grasp. If I remember right, its also got all kinds of catuches on it, proof marks all over it, it's real nice.
That's why I say its a 1903 with possibilities. If I get it it in hand, that means it passed all the tests, and "that" will be worth something to me. A Genuine article, signed...sealed...and delivered... so to speak.
So what do you all think? am I doing good so far?