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PAGE BlO Wednesday, April 18, 2017 ~p[rit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE o" v ~~;m"son filmed on the University of Or- egon campus and the surround- FROM PAGEB10 ing area, it is one of the few times the entertainment world resulting publicity, has seen fit to include the area. Most noteworthy in these ef- The ultimate insult came forts was a contest between sev- when Springfield, Vt. was cho- eral of the nation's Spfingfields sen to host the premier of The to be the location for the pre- Simpsons Movie, a slight many mier of The Simpsons Movie. of us will never forgive. Residents of Eugene and But last week's announce- Springfield take a special pride ment finally and firmly vindi- in the certain knowledge that cates the position of the posi- their area features so promi- tion that I had held for yearS. nently in the show. Other than To everyone who has argued National Lampoon's Ani- this point with me 'over the last. mal House, which was mostly decade: I told you so. Kalvitis FROM PAGE B8 ca the 1890s and were used to re- pel menacing canines. As long as the eyes were avoided, these guns were harmless to the dog other than to help Fido reconsider this pastime of chasing bicycles. I certainly wasn't going to shoot any dogs but I found this history interesting and even perhaps a lit- tle comical. From the start, I knew that this would be a poor investment since resale prospects would be hin- dered by the gun's being virtually useless for target shooting or home defense. Still, though in the strict- est sense I really couldn't afford it, the pistol was an irresistible novelty. I purchased one of the little pistols with the fold-up trigger, presumably in .22 caliber. Moving along to the farm (where I was supposed to be fixing tractors) I checked the gun over and made a few minor adjustments. With 300 acres surrounding me and a mere 2-inch barrel, I felt that I could try the gun out without being any signif- icant threat to society. I loaded three of the nine chambers with .22 shorts then, aiming at nothing in particular, pulled the trigger. Click. Mmmm... dud -- try another -- click. Unload- ing the gun revealed that each of the rimftre shells had been neatly ding- ed in their centers. Like antique tractors, old guns can lead us into their world where we meet new and interesting peo- ple and see new places while giv- ing intense consideration to times in history that may have other- wise remained obscure. This is the good stuff. I then exmpined the pis- tol more closely. The barrel was ri- fled and using precision measuring equipment on the old Black Truck, l measured one of the chambers. The chamber measured 255 thousandths of an inch in diameter, about 1/4 of an inch. This was much larger than the .22 shorts that I was trying to fire but about the right diameter to accommodate a .22 magnum shell. However, the .22 magnum is rimfire while this gun was a center fire -- the first mystery. After a few token hours of work I headed back to Winchester and Gander Mountain. which cames a vast selection of ammunition, to look for a .22 center fire cartridge, if such existed. Back at the gun coun- ter I was fortunate to meet up with Alex Bentley, a sales associate, who enjoys a challenge. As we discussed possibilities, a small crowd gath- ered ~'ound us intrigued by the an- tique firearm. There was no name or caliber stamped onto the metal of the gun but mysterious symbols or "proof marks" abounded. Alex de- termined that these markings were likely of Belgian or French origin. Though I drew a blank (subtle pun) at Gander Mountain,Alex, my- self and several other patrons had fun trying to determine what am- munition would fit the old gun. The camaraderie among old gun enthu- siasts resembles that of the old trac- tor crowd it also takes less time. money, sweat and skinned knuckles to become an authority on the sub- ject. It was getting dark as I arrived at Steele Reloaders on the far North end of Wmchester. Steele is housed in a two-story brick building built in 1902. The shop was closed but I could discern movement in the dim- ly lit interior. I tapped on the old- fashioned plate glass door with the antique pistol, feeling much like a character in a Cagney movie or Ed: win Hopper painting. Proprietor Bill Alamolig unlocked the door and, though they were busy loading up for a gun show the fol- lowing day, he and Chuck Bfill took the time to research the possibilities of fmding this rare and obscure am- munition. Bill tried the fit of various shells while Chuck checkedthe In- teract. Knowing something of my background, Bill finally suggest- ed that I modify the revolver to fire rimfire .22 magnum cartridges. The following day, the old re- volver led me on another adven- ture. StOpping at Just Pawn It for .22 magnum shells, I had the folks there look the gun over and venture a guess as to its origins. There was some humorous conjecture but noth- ing conclusive -- they were also out of .2.2 magnum ammo. "On the way to the North River Mills shop, I made the first of what will probably be many stops at Capon Spdrt Shop and found the shells there. At North River Mills, I made the necessary modification and fired the first few rounds using the vise and lanyard method as is my custom; Still, I have no real conclusive idea where the gun came from or what it was intended to fire -- the only clue being those mysterious symbols. Every few years, I get a letter from an Antique Power reader who lives in a ghost town in New Mex- ico. Most of us know his general neighborh~xl as Area 51. I'm not sure whether his location has any significance but after reading his lengthy penciled letters, Which are just a little "out there" one might wonder. I may send him drawings of these symbols --- I'm sure that he'll have some suggestions. 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