My roomie’s stepmom passed away a while back. She was elderly and ill, and while it was expected, it was still sad. Her father passed about eight years ago.
As my roomie is the only family member nearby, it’s fallen to her to coordinate all the moving and distribution of furniture, clothing and personal items. Much of it is earmarked for specific relatives, and charities. You see, the house has been sold and must be cleared out by 1 July. And, I’ve been trying to help, as best I can. The realty agent, who is a friend of my roomie’s, has been incredibly helpful in helping her disseminate stuff and trash. Especially much of the physical stuff my roomie and I are too infirmed to accomplish. Thanks, Brian!
And all three of us were at the house yesterday packing up stuff, and dividing it into respective destinations. And the realty guy and I happened upon a box labelled containing an eight transistor radio (from the 60s?). We removed the lid and found this:
We hurriedly removed this second lid and found this:
A Remington Model 51, .32 ACP in almost pristine external condition! These were built between 1917 and 1928, and while they are in a smaller cartridge, are known to be extremely accurate and eminently pointable. She came with one magazine and a full complement of led ball ammo, and was in sore need of internal cleaning and lubrication. We think she was built in the early 20s!
A little research determined the 51 was designed by John Pedersen, NOT John Moses Browning! I was shocked. After all, JMB is the preeminent designer of most firearms in the late 19th and into the 20th Century.
John Browning told Maj. Gen. Julian S. Hatcher of U.S. Army Ordnance that Pedersen “was the greatest gun designer in the world”.
High praise, indeed.
As my roomie is the only ‘gunnie’ member of her family, she’s a sweet addition to her collection. Congrats!