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PAGE Wednesday, April 18, 2012 ~gpigit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Conversation piece Last week, I stepped out of CS Arms, antique pistol and receipt in hand, (handguns made before 1898 are exempt from federal regulation) into the sunshine and the main street of Upperville, Va. I paused for traffic which just happened to be two pulp- wood trucks out of Hampshire County neighbors of mine "back home." Before rumors cir- culate that I've been seen deal- '- ................ ing with an up- . scale, high end and presumably very expensive gun shop, I had better clear up a common mis- conception. One of my juniorhigh schoolteachers, Mrs. Muller, apart from being a self-avowed National Socialist, was the best world history teacher that any- one could ask for. Her teaching of the period of the first world war. though bearing a Teutonic slant, left me with a lifelong fas- cination with that period and an eye for related artifacts. I had come across a small cache of World War I trench art at a local yard sale. Trench art are things that the soldiers made out of bullets and shell casings to pass the time while they were pinned down in the trenches for extended periods. I sold one piece to a collector in Ranson, and another to Just Pawn It in Capon Bridge. The latter men- tioned piece remains on display at Just Pawn It as of my latest visit. However. one piece bewil- dered me -- it was made of brass like the others but had been cast rather than hand forged. The trenches contained many of the future foundry men, tool and die makers and machin- ists that would produce the ven- erable Packards and LaSalles of the golden age of the automo- bile. Certainly, the skill and tal- ent was there and possibly a heat source in the form of phospho- rus bombs but I never heard of metal being cast in the iiii trenches of World War I. l stared at the piece, a figure of a dog that stared back at me across the ages, refusing to divulge its secret. I had been past CS Arms re- peatedly for many years but never stopped there thinking that it was probably too up- scale and that my bib over- alls and tractor grease would offend the decorum. I've since learned that this impression is not at all uncommon. Still, I knew that CS Arms held the answer to my question and the possibility of a sale. I stopped and approached the shop expecting a towering figure, somber and austere, to meet me at the door and demand a bank- ing statement and blood sample (to v.erify blueness). Wrong. Instead, I met Cliff Sophia, a cheerful, bright, artic- ulate and witty character whose very presence puts one at ease. Cliff doubted that any found- ries were ever established in the trenches but his cl riosity had been piqued and he bought the brass dog on the spot. (My fur- ther research revealed that the brass dog was actually a hood ornament from a Whippet truck from the early 1900s). My pursuit of the gun hob- by largely consists of purchas- ing inoperative guns and using the skills I obtained working in my father's machine shop (and occasionally some help from Miller Machine and Tool) to get them f'lring again. I shoot these newly-repaired guns for awhile then sell them at a sometimes re- spectable but more often modest profit. Early this spring, some bills were coming due and the time had come for a little profit taking in the gun business. I stopped at CS Arms with the intent of sell- ing a rare Stevens .410/.22 over/ under rifle shotgun. Cliff said that he wasn't buying sporting guns but was only interested in military guns and select related antiques: He mentioned that in buying collections of guns for the military pieces, some sport- ing guns and others of lesser in- terest were sometimes among them. We discussed this acci- dental overstock and conclud- ed that I was there to buy rather than sell. And so it has gone ever since. Though there are collector guns at CS that are surely out of my reach, the fixer-uppers can be quite reasonable. I now find it difficult to go through Upper- ville without stopping, at CS Arms. Back to our story; I had be- come interested in fixing up a dog pistol. A dog pistol is a tiny revolver with a fold away trig- ger and no rifling in its short bar- rel that was made to fire small caliber shot shells. 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John Deere's green ann yeLLow co[or scheme, the teapin~ deersymbot and JOHN DEERE are trademarks of Deere & Company AOD030JBUI A5r 5r 7-GLA3X100418SJA-BW-00370165 301-733-8120 April 9, 2012 SLAUGHTER COWS $1-2 Lower BREAKERS $80-82 BONERS $76-81 LEAN $70-76 THIN & LIGHT $70 Down BULLS NONE FED STEERS NONE FED HEIFERS NONE CALVES Holstein Bull Returning to Farm $5-8 Higher #1 88-110 lbs. $170-180 #2 88-120 lbs. $150-170 1 @ 136 lbs. To $140 #3 80-110 lbs. $130-150 Jersey Heifer 62 lbs. At $90 RWF Heifer 116 lbs.At $205 Beef X Bulls 80-110 lbs. $110- 162 Slaughter Calves $85 Down BUTCHER HOGS NONE Sows 500 lbs: To $57 Boars 400-600 lbs. To $30 STOCK CATTLE Mainly Hol- steins Offered FEEDER STEERS Good Hereford 550 lbs. At $141 Hols. X 562 lbs. At $126 Hols. 450-625 lbs. $95-103 FEEDER HEIFERS NONE FEEDER BULLS Holsteins 250-450 lbs. $94-111 500-600 lbs. $89-102 Dairy Replacements None By The Head STOCK COWS NONE GOATS NONE By The Head LAMBS NONE SHEEP NONE PIGS & SHOATS NONE April 11, 2012 SLAUGHTER COWS 68 head $2-3 Higher BREAKERS $82-90 BREAKERS H Dressing To $94 BONERS $80-90 BONERS H Dressing At $102 LEAN $74-81 THIN & LIGHT $74 - Down BULLS 3 head $4-5 Higher YG #1 1500-1900 lbs. $105- 108.50 Jersey 1246 lbs. At $95.50 FED STEERS No Choice Of- fered Select 130-1400 lbs. $104-115 FED HEIFERS L Choice 1200 lbs. At $117 L Choice Holsteins 1350-1550 lbs. $98-101 Dairy Replacements None By the Head CALVES 94 head Holstein Bull Returning to Farm $15-25 Higher #1 80-118 lbs. $160-182 #.2 80-118 lbs. $140-165 #3 80:118 lbs. $110-135 Holstein Heifers #1 90-125 ibs. $175-200 Beef X Bull Black 100 lbs. At $187 Red & Wht 100 lbs. $150-160 Slaughter Calves $80 Down BUTCHER HOGS 54 head Strong Demand 300 lbs. Few 235-255 lbs. $71-84 2 & 3 210-280 lbs. $59-61 1 & 3 290-325 lbs. $74=78 Few 325-400 lbs. $66-68 Sows 11 head 400-625 lbs. $56-62 Boars 4 head 600 lbs. To 30 240-320 lbs. $52- 54 STOCK CATTLE 243 head Better Quality Prices Higher FEEDER STEERS M&L Frames 350-490 lbs. $140-164 500-675 lbs. $130-150 700-800 lbs. $124-127 - Holstein Steers 350-475 lbs. $115-120 700-800 lbs, $94- 98 FEEDER HEIFERS M&L Frames 300-500 lbs. $135-154 500-700 lbs. $125-145 700-850 lbs. $99- 114 FEEDER BULLS M&L Frames 230-325 lbs. $150-170 400-550 lbs. $135-153 575-700 lbs. $115-130 800-900 lbs. $99-105 Beef Stock Cows Small $775-1075 LAMBS 52 head Strong De- mand No Choice offered Good L Cho 30-60 lbs. $280- 320 SHEEP 25 head 100-190 lbs. $80-101 GOATS 12 head Sold By the Head Selection #1 Kids 25-35 lbs. $95- 102 Selection #3 50-75 lbs. $60-85 PIGS & SHOATS 33 head SOLD BY THE HEAD 30-35 lbs. $55-68 BY THE POUND 110-125 lbs. To $80 Stock Boars 200-300 lbs. $54-60 400 lbs. At $35 Wednesday, April .18 Special Dairy Cattle Sale at 7:30 p.m. Farmers Livestock Exchange Winchester, Val 540-667-1023 APRIL 16, 2012 BOARS: 1 - $22.50. LAMBS: 3 SLAUGHTER EWES: 5 $97.50-117.50. KID GOATS: 60-80 lbs. $167.50-230. ALPACAS: 5 SLAUGHTER CATTLE COWS: 123 - Utility & Comm. - $82-100; Canner & Cutter - $52-79.50; Cutter & Bng. - $77- 95. BULLS: 26 - 1-2 - $95-114.50. STOCK COWS: 39 - Beef- $1,075-- 1,525. BABY CALVES: 4 - BH -- $180-202.50. FEEDER CATTLE: STEERS: 257 - Mad & Lge #1 -200-300 lbs. $187.50; 300-400 lbs. - $170-189; 400- 500 lbs. - $169-183; 500-600 lbs.- $149-173; 600-700 lbs. - $146.50-152.25; 700-800 lbs. - $124-142; 800-900 lbs. - $115- 126; 900-1,100 lbs. $108- 108.50. Med & Lge #2 - 300- 400 lbs. -$161-167; 400-500 lbs. - $155-173; 500-600 lbs. - $132-141; 600-700 lbs.- $147- 152.25. HEIFERS: 263 - Med & Lge #1 -300-400 lbs. - $153-169; 400-500 lbs. - $145-163; 500- 600 lbs. - $140-154 50; 600- 700 lbs. - $134.50-146.50; 700- 800 lbs. - $99-126.50; 800-900 lbs. - $102-111. Mad & Lge #2 - 200-300 lbs. - $135; 300- 400 lbs.- $132.50-160; 400-500 lbs. - $146-153; 500-600 lbs. - $123-150; 600-700 lbs. - $104- 143.75. BULLS: 299 - Med & Lge #1 -200-300 lbs. - $199-2'37.50; 300-400 lbs - $172-200; 400- 500 lbs.- $137-170; 500-600 lbs. - $130-151; 600-700 lbs. - $131-139; 700-800 lbs. - $107- 113; 800-900 lbs. - $96-104; 900-1,100 lbs. - $95. Med & Lge #2 - 200-300 lbs. - $165- 185; 300-400 lbs. - $160-172; 400-500 lbs. - $144-150; 500- 600 lbs. - $126-139; 600-700 lbs. - $113-120; 900-1,100 lbs. - $93. GOATS: 28 TOTAL: 1,053 Regular sale every Monday, 1 p.m. State graded feeder sale 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Fat cattle sale 1 st Mon- day of each month at 3 p.m. , Charles Town 8 AM " Farmers Market eat. fresh, local Fresh this week, we have:asparaqus;:the :: : last ofthe storage apples, potatoes.and Rilinq out the:food side Of thinqs, we have fresh frozen, Iocallyralsed cjrass-fed lamb and beef; a wtde vartety of baked qoods, confections and ready to eatLetlno treats!; We've added music and special events to the mix, too Brincj the family; t yll enjog the fun::Ttte featured musician this Visit our Facebook page for real time updates on what's at marketl http:llwww.facebook,comJ#l/paqesiCharles.Town.Farmers.Market-WV/198296280944643 I