Following my own advice, I remain ever vigilant for an exceptional bargain in shooting irons. Recently, I hit upon just such a wee beastie..... Visiting my favorite gun shop, I bee-lined for their 'junk rifle' rack, where the owner puts up the stuff that comes in with package buys and just isn't nice enough to go on the regular racks. It's also usually stuff not worth his time to put up on Gunbroker. It's home to single barrel Iver Johnson shotguns and ancient Savage/Sears/Stevens .22s. All that said..... it's also where I find some great deals. Like today.
This shiny thing is a Winchester Mdl 94, and is the 'Golden Spike' commemorative edition turned out in 1969. It's been hunted, with the brass plating worn off some edges, lots of small dings in the wood finish, and blue wear at the muzzle from riding in a case. Still pretty, and still all there with the exception of the saddle ring gone missing. The price tag, well under $250, had me snagging the thing from the rack into my greedy hands... where it stayed until the paperwork was done and it became mine. Easily worth almost twice what I paid for it, it's an instant profit that I can be quite happy with. Besides that...... Shiny!