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Anyone ever find a gun?
« on: March 13, 2017, 10:13:28 AM »
My Father in Law found a pistol while out for a walk the other day and it got me to thinking. I found a gun on the side of the street years ago and my buddy found one on HWY 101 last year......

How common is this? Have you ever found a gun in the street? If so tell us your story
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    Re: Anyone ever find a gun?
    « Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 10:33:37 AM »
    Never, but if I did, first thing I'd do is report it to the police. I'm certain criminal use could be a very real possibility.
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    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    Re: Anyone ever find a gun?
    « Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 11:17:23 AM »
    I found three .22 rifles in a trash pile I was cleaning up at work.  Two Mossberg Plinksters and a 10-22.  They were pitched in a old drum out side an old cannery building in a big pile of junk that we, city employees, were working at getting cleaned up when we had time. 

    I called the VPSO, Village Public Safety Officer, we documented where they were found and the rifles, and forwarded the info to troopers.  While we waited for call back, they were stored in evidence storage.  Within 24 hours troopers said that they were not stolen, and that they did not have any owners info, so do what you want with them. 

    The Plinksters were corroded beyound salvaging so I locked them in a vise and chopped them into 4-6" pieces, then tossed them in a Smart Ash Burner with a load of used oil filter, and sorbents.  The 10-22 was in bad shape but it's better metallurgy aloud me to use it as a starting point for a youth sized 10-22 build.  Some of the pictures, before and after, and what I ultimately did with it are here.  http://wethearmed.com/gunsmithing-and-weapon-repair/rebuildingbuilding-a-1022/
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    « Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 12:09:42 PM »
    Never, but if I did, first thing I'd do is report it to the police. I'm certain criminal use could be a very real possibility.

    in each case that is what happened. With the one I found the local PD was not interested in storing the gun since it had not been reported stolen or missing. The gun my friend found in Oregon is still with the Sheriff's Office, they are trying to find the owner. The one my FIL found, was reported, the local PD took the info and said they would call back.
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    « Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 05:12:25 PM »
    Nothing functional.  What was left of a couple of old beater single shots from waaay back turned up when we were grading a new roadway over a piece of land that had once been an old farm.  They had been there so long you couldn't really recognize what they were.
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    « Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 07:09:15 PM »
    Not me, but a friend of mine found a Ruger P95 in a repo'ed house he bought and rehabbed. It was in pretty rough shape (it was stashed inside the wall behind drywall, hmm) and I don't know what he ever did with it.


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    « Reply #6 on: March 15, 2017, 09:29:57 AM »
    I did find 3 incomplete guns in a house i had rented for 5 years. It was funny to find, a bolt to a Lee Enfield, a stock for a mauser 98, and a .30 cal M1903 Springfield barrel and reciever. I wondered what kind of project that guy had in mind. :-\
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    « Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 10:13:48 AM »
    I did find 3 incomplete guns in a house i had rented for 5 years. It was funny to find, a bolt to a Lee Enfield, a stock for a mauser 98, and a .30 cal M1903 Springfield barrel and reciever. I wondered what kind of project that guy had in mind. :-\

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    « Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 09:25:28 PM »
    A friend found one in his apartment, after a deployment and ugly break-up. He had no idea what to do with it (Californian), and called me. I took it down off the top of the cabinet it was on, cleared it, and agreed to store it for the night. The next day, we took it to the local PD together. I have no idea what happened to it. Since it was my friend's apartment, it was his police report. It was a POS Star .380, so I didn't really want it for anything other than "free gun!"
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    « Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 09:36:53 PM »
    I won a WTA writing contest a bunch of years ago about a guy finding a gun:

    http://wethearmed.com/military-and-law-enforcement/young-cops-are-dangerous/
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    « Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 09:48:09 PM »
    Yup.  The guy you pulled over had the gun his son found and shortly thereafter you found a gun also.  You own as I recall.   :cool 
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    « Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 10:37:22 PM »
    I found a nice Springfield .45acp laying on the ground one night outside of the bar I was working at.  I held onto it for a while, then was talking to the gun's owner on the front patio a few weeks later.  He mentioned that he'd lost one, and had chalked it up to experience. Before I could stop myself, I asked, "You want it back?"   :facepalm

    He is a friend, so I don't feel too bad about giving it back.  He had meant to store it in his quad, and I guess he missed the storage bin and didn't hear it hit the ground.  In his defense, it was a Friday night; where he had parked was pitch black; and there was a band playing... LOUDLY.

    He did give me a $100 finder's fee.
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    « Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 11:13:12 PM »
    I won a WTA writing contest a bunch of years ago about a guy finding a gun:

    http://wethearmed.com/military-and-law-enforcement/young-cops-are-dangerous/

    Yup.  The guy you pulled over had the gun his son found and shortly thereafter you found a gun also.  You own as I recall.   :cool 

    A few days ago I was looking for Buds story of his high power from Vietnam. I combed all over this forum and couldn't find it. Could someone please either post it here or PM me?
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #13 on: March 16, 2017, 06:49:16 PM »
    A few days ago I was looking for Buds story of his high power from Vietnam. I combed all over this forum and couldn't find it. Could someone please either post it here or PM me?

    I wrote a longer version (with pics!) for  The Truth About Guns trying to win a Sig P320. I ended up buying the P320 because I lost:

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    « Reply #14 on: March 16, 2017, 07:06:50 PM »
    Excellent.  Thanks for the link.   :thumbup1
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    « Reply #15 on: March 16, 2017, 07:59:08 PM »
    Thanks, Bud!

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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #16 on: March 16, 2017, 10:47:13 PM »
    Winston-Salem, NC.
    I found a Glock outside a Circle K once.  Just outside the door, behind a trash can. 
    If I hadn't been about to stuff old McD's bags in the can, I'd never seen the gun.
    I knew better than to touch it, so I moved it around with my penknife.
    it took me about 5 seconds of looking to know I wanted to call the cops, so I did.
    someone had made a s___ty attempt to grind off the serial number and manufacturer's marks.
    'FREE' gun or not, I'm not keeping one that is an automatic felony.
    beat cop came and got the gun. no attempt to protect any fingerprints and he didn't even bother to clear it.
    he took a report and a nice detective told me months later that they'd linked it to three shootings.

    I've also found a VERY old and rusted out single barrel shotgun in an old abandoned house.
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    « Reply #17 on: March 17, 2017, 07:51:25 AM »
    Only in a dresser drawer... I forgot I stuck one of my Glocks in there a few years ago.

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    « Reply #18 on: March 17, 2017, 12:35:40 PM »
    Kind of.  The action from a civil war musket, near Roanoke.  No wood was left and the action was a rusted chunk... but still. 
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    « Reply #19 on: March 19, 2017, 10:06:12 AM »
    When cultivating a garden I hit metal.  It was a cache of quite a few metallic case US Mil. .45-70 ammo with headstamps dated 1883.  Live ammo.  No rifle, though.  :-(
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    « Reply #20 on: March 19, 2017, 10:49:50 AM »
    When cultivating a garden I hit metal.  It was a cache of quite a few metallic case US Mil. .45-70 ammo with headstamps dated 1883.  Live ammo.  No rifle, though.  :-(

    Do you happen to own a .45-70?  :cool

    Then again, I'm sure keeping them for the story or perhaps even selling them wouldn't be out of the question.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #21 on: March 20, 2017, 09:20:07 AM »
    I do have a .45-70.  Not going to even think about chambering that old ammo, though.  Nice convo starters, though, with a round or two sitting out.
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    « Reply #22 on: May 10, 2017, 06:13:18 AM »
    Never, but if I did, first thing I'd do is report it to the police. I'm certain criminal use could be a very real possibility.

    True, it's probably best not to touch it either.
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