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Posted: 11/21/2010 3:25:17 PM EDT
GD, Scroll down to the last paragraph if you want me to get to the point. I put it in GD cause that is where the traffic is.  





So the story goes, back in '95, I earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts, the Eagle Scout rank.  I had just turned 18 and this was during the Clinton ban era.  I decided it would be a great idea to purchase a new Colt AR-15 rifle that my neighbor was telling me about at one of the local pawn shoppes.  It seems they had some great deals on post-ban black rifles and I purchased a 16" flat top model with the heavy barrel.  I loved that rifle and shot quite a bit of $2.00/20rds box ammunition through it a McKellar's Lodge range on post at Ft. Bragg.  Then I moved to SC, got married, and time went by.  I didn't have anywhere to shoot and it started collecting dust.  Fast forward three years and I "need" a new pistol, a Colt Defender .45, for concealed carry.  I don't really have the money at the time and this is a great deal on this pistol.  Well, I got this AR-15 that I don't shoot anymore, I get the pistol and some money to boot.  Everything's great right, wrong.  I think about that rifle everyday and kick myself for being so stupid as to trade it away.  I learned about selling/trading things and still have the Defender


 
So what I am asking of ARFCOM?  Seeing as how this is the highest concentration of black rifle loving folks on the net, I am hoping that maybe, just maybe, someone here ended up with it.  As of 11-5-98, it was at Medlin's pawn shoppe in Dillon, SC.  I still have the box for it,








There was nothing special about it, just a post-ban, heavy barreled, 16" flat top, but it was my first. I would be willing to purchase the complete rifle or the lower if that is what you have left of it.  if you have serial number CJC004793, please get in touch with me.  Thanks, Wesley

 
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 3:35:10 PM EDT
[#1]
Great story.  Good luck in finding your rifle.  
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 3:40:36 PM EDT
[#2]
good luck!

Link Posted: 11/21/2010 3:45:29 PM EDT
[#3]
Did you ever ask the pawn shop to contact the buyer and see if he is willing to sell it back to you? You never know.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 3:57:23 PM EDT
[#4]
I hope you find it. That would be really cool. Good luck.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 3:58:50 PM EDT
[#5]



Quoted:


Did you ever ask the pawn shop to contact the buyer and see if he is willing to sell it back to you? You never know.


They closed some time ago.  





BTW, thanks for everyone's support.  Wasn't sure how this would go .  Thanks, Wesley



 
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 4:00:58 PM EDT
[#6]
Report it stolen.  It will show up.  



j/k

Hope it works out well for you.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 4:01:50 PM EDT
[#7]
Well, you got a good gun, the Defender, I love mine.

Hope you find that gun but don't sweat it.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 4:09:15 PM EDT
[#8]
Interesting story, but I think you should just buy a new one, in the same config.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 4:39:12 PM EDT
[#9]



Quoted:


Interesting story, but I think you should just buy a new one, in the same config.


Not really the same thing.  I have plenty of black rifles now, just not the first one I ever purchased.  I still have my first pistol, a ruger MKII SS Slabside.  My first rifle, my grandfather's Marlin Mod 60.  My first revolver, a S&W 686+.  My first shotgun, a Winchester mod 1400 20ga auto.  And I will never sell any of them.  I had a boss that got quite upset when I wouldn't sell my MKII to him even though he was willing to pay quite a bit over the cost of a new one.  So, if I happen to locate this Colt, even just the lower, it would be the greatest!  I sold my highschool hot rod, a '70 Elcamino back in '98 also, I found it three years later and bought it back too!  Thanks, Wesley



 
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 4:46:02 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/21/2010 5:31:59 PM EDT
[#11]
good luck with this. keep us posted if you find it.

Link Posted: 11/21/2010 5:34:12 PM EDT
[#12]
Good luck!  Long shot epic thread in the making.  



The reunion will have to be televised (or reenacted with MS paint)
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:08:33 PM EDT
[#13]



Quoted:


Good luck!  Long shot epic thread in the making.  



The reunion will have to be televised (or reenacted with MS paint)


Wow!  My first epic thread!  Excited, I am.  



I will polish up on my MSpaint skills.





 
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:11:00 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:17:34 PM EDT
[#15]




Quoted:

Excellent thread!





In some ways, I am glad that I do not remember the serial number of the Springfield Garand I was issued in the Danish army when I was a recruit - because if I remembered it, I would be obsessed with trying to find it, and would be constantly hassling the CMP and every concievable gun board to try to find it. So I know exactly how you feel.




DK-Prof, I has it !  your Danish garand !!!









Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:31:48 PM EDT
[#16]
I don't have it. But I'll give your thread a little bump.

Good luck, hope you find her.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:37:47 PM EDT
[#17]
Quoted:

Quoted:
Excellent thread!


In some ways, I am glad that I do not remember the serial number of the Springfield Garand I was issued in the Danish army when I was a recruit - because if I remembered it, I would be obsessed with trying to find it, and would be constantly hassling the CMP and every concievable gun board to try to find it. So I know exactly how you feel.


DK-Prof, I has it !  your Danish garand !!!



http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/71/06/garand10.jpg


Actually,  I was thinking that in all likelihood I am the one who owns DKProf's issued Garand!  

Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:40:35 PM EDT
[#18]
Good Luck OP...
Friendly Bump
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:44:33 PM EDT
[#19]
Good luck OP, and thanks.

I had been thinking about selling the first gun I ever bought.  It's a Ruger P 89 DC hat I bought when I became legal in Georgia on my 21st BDay.  It's nothing special and by most accounts not much of a pistol but it's the 1st gun I bought and reading your thread will make it stay that way.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:46:54 PM EDT
[#20]
Throw your serial # and what your looking for in your sig line. I've seen another user do it and it always catches my attention. Maybe it will catch the right persons attention.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:54:22 PM EDT
[#21]
Quoted:
Excellent thread!


In some ways, I am glad that I do not remember the serial number of the Springfield Garand I was issued in the Danish army when I was a recruit - because if I remembered it, I would be obsessed with trying to find it, and would be constantly hassling the CMP and every concievable gun board to try to find it.    So I know exactly how you feel.




Hey ............... if you remember it, I might have it.

Springfield with September 1944 S/N

1963 VAR Barrel.

Let me know.

Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:57:18 PM EDT
[#22]



Quoted:


Good luck OP, and thanks.



I had been thinking about selling the first gun I ever bought.  It's a Ruger P 89 DC hat I bought when I became legal in Georgia on my 21st BDay.  It's nothing special and by most accounts not much of a pistol but it's the 1st gun I bought and reading your thread will make it stay that way.


Good choice.




Quoted:


Throw your serial # and what your looking for in your sig line. I've
seen another user do it and it always catches my attention. Maybe it
will catch the right persons attention.


Good Idea!  Thanks, Wesley



 
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 6:57:40 PM EDT
[#23]
Quoted:

Quoted:
Excellent thread!


In some ways, I am glad that I do not remember the serial number of the Springfield Garand I was issued in the Danish army when I was a recruit - because if I remembered it, I would be obsessed with trying to find it, and would be constantly hassling the CMP and every concievable gun board to try to find it. So I know exactly how you feel.


DK-Prof, I has it !  your Danish garand !!!



http://i74.servimg.com/u/f74/11/94/71/06/garand10.jpg


Psh, I have your grandpas K31.
Link Posted: 11/21/2010 7:00:12 PM EDT
[#24]
It's not here, but here's a bump for you.



Good luck.
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 7:28:51 AM EDT
[#25]
Day Crew bump.
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 1:30:58 PM EDT
[#26]
Evening bump.  
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 1:35:33 PM EDT
[#27]
Epic quest. Good luck and here is a bump.
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 1:40:38 PM EDT
[#28]
OP   I honestly thought  I had your gun.   I have a 6731 I got years ago used.    sold the upper and put a M16A2 colt upper on it,

serial number was so close I got up and ran to the safe to check.!!

but its was off  by just 1 number  I was hoping like hell for 30 seconds it was your. I would have given it to you
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 2:10:21 PM EDT
[#29]



Quoted:


OP   I honestly thought  I had your gun.   I have a 6731 I got years ago used.    sold the upper and put a M16A2 colt upper on it,



serial number was so close I got up and ran to the safe to check.!!



but its was off  by just 1 number  I was hoping like hell for 30 seconds it was your. I would have given it to you


WOW!  So close, yet so far away. Thank you my friend, my quest for that which is lost continues.  



[falls down on knees shaking fists towards the sky]  Maxine, where are youuuuuuuuuuu?

 
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 4:03:44 PM EDT
[#30]



Quoted:


OP   I honestly thought  I had your gun.   I have a 6731 I got years ago used.    sold the upper and put a M16A2 colt upper on it,



serial number was so close I got up and ran to the safe to check.!!



but its was off  by just 1 number  I was hoping like hell for 30 seconds it was your. I would have given it to you


BTW, which number was it?  The last digit?



 
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 4:32:58 PM EDT
[#31]
I think that was found in Pablo Escobar's belongings along with a P226 bought inMiami.
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 7:12:32 PM EDT
[#32]



Quoted:


I think that was found in Pablo Escobar's belongings along with a P226 bought inMiami.






 
Link Posted: 11/22/2010 7:24:21 PM EDT
[#33]
Good luck man!  I hope you find it.
Link Posted: 11/23/2010 8:09:13 AM EDT
[#34]
Thanks
Link Posted: 11/23/2010 4:37:43 PM EDT
[#35]
1144 views and one almost but not quite.  Please, check your SNs.  Thanks guys, Wesley
Link Posted: 11/23/2010 9:39:01 PM EDT
[#36]
Good luck bump
Link Posted: 11/23/2010 9:49:06 PM EDT
[#37]
Check with Colt, if the rifle was ever serviced they might have the contact info.

And hell, the BATF is scanning 4473's when a shop turns them in. Maybe a FOIA could get you the record!
Link Posted: 11/23/2010 9:54:59 PM EDT
[#38]
I got DK's Garand. Plugged the barrel, welded the bolt shut, hard chromed everything, and now I have a semi-decent wall hanger. Next up is finishing the stock in polyurethane to make it nice a shiny.
Link Posted: 11/23/2010 10:07:01 PM EDT
[#39]
good luck op

should i feel bad that i sold my first rifle and have 0 love lost?

Link Posted: 11/24/2010 4:08:02 PM EDT
[#40]



Quoted:


good luck op



should i feel bad that i sold my first rifle and have 0 love lost?





That's on you man.  I'm a hopeless romantic.



Wesley



 
Link Posted: 11/24/2010 4:18:10 PM EDT
[#41]
found it!!! oh wait...

That was my first though, i assume you have been searching gunbroker, the EE etc?
Link Posted: 11/24/2010 4:19:55 PM EDT
[#42]
Not a bad idea. And good luck. I rarely ever see them, but if I come across one, I'll take a look.
Link Posted: 11/24/2010 7:57:47 PM EDT
[#43]
I know how bad seller remorse can be so here is a free bump to the top.
Link Posted: 11/25/2010 9:01:46 AM EDT
[#44]



Quoted:


found it!!! oh wait...



That was my first though, i assume you have been searching gunbroker, the EE etc?


No, but that is a good idea.  Thanks, Wesley



 
Link Posted: 11/25/2010 11:48:55 AM EDT
[#45]
Here's a "hope you find it" bump
Link Posted: 11/25/2010 12:06:59 PM EDT
[#46]




"Good luck"
Link Posted: 11/26/2010 9:18:48 AM EDT
[#47]
Bump for ya.
Link Posted: 11/26/2010 10:45:53 AM EDT
[#48]
Quoted:

Quoted:
Excellent thread!


In some ways, I am glad that I do not remember the serial number of the Springfield Garand I was issued in the Danish army when I was a recruit - because if I remembered it, I would be obsessed with trying to find it, and would be constantly hassling the CMP and every concievable gun board to try to find it. So I know exactly how you feel.


DK-Prof, I has it !  your Danish garand !!!






I dunno.  That looks like one of those Dutch guns to me.
Link Posted: 11/27/2010 1:26:53 PM EDT
[#49]



Quoted:


Here's a "hope you find it" bump


Thanks!



 
Link Posted: 11/27/2010 2:13:22 PM EDT
[#50]
This is weird.  My first AR15 was that exact model.  I bought it sometime in the 90's probably around 96.  

Anyway, I got it in my head that I NEEDED a rifle with a chrome lined barrel and chamber so I stupidly traded it for a new Bushmaster HBAR A3 20 inch post ban.  The Colt I had didn't have the chromelined chamber or bore.

Still have the Bushmaster and it has been a great rifle but feel sentimental when I hear about the 6731.

Patrick
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