Portland, Or. OAC collector show 8/24 & 25, 2013

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Terry T

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Ruger collectors in the Portland, Or. area.
The annual Oregon Arms Collectors annual BIG two day show is coming up on Aug. 24 & 25 at the Columbia Conference Center at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport & Trade Center, 8439 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, Or.
Show hours are Saturday, 8/24, 9am - 5pm.
Sunday, 8/25, 9am - 3pm.

Mrs. T and I will be showing some nice double action Rugers again this year. This a always an amazing collector show with some outstanding collections displayed. This is not your usual commercial 'flea market' show, even though good 'stuff' is for sale, but friendly, like minded, collectors showing their prized 'babies'.
Looking forward to talking "Rugers" in person with folks in the North West. :D
Terry T
 

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While there were some fabulous displays of collector firearms, the show was more than a bit short on Rugers this year. "Nothing to write home about", sad to say.
Had the usual nice interactions and conversations with like minded folks. Answered some questions about Rugers but nothing unusual to buy and no one wanted what I was selling. :(

I did have an interesting exchange with John Kopec, author of 'Cavalry & Artillery Revolvers, a Continuing Study' (of Custer's 7th Cavalry Colts) and one of the nation's foremost authorities on Single Action Colt military revolvers. After viewing my display of Ruger SP-101s he remarked that he had no idea there were so many variations in the first 20 years of production. I replied that it was not unlike the many variations of the Colt Peacemakers.
He then remarked that at least folks were not faking the Rugers to which I replied that, in fact, the potential was there and the means were quite available to modify a Ruger to fraudulently 'add' value. John has become quite the expert at identifying Colts that have been 'helped' with 'extra' or higher value roll stamps, cartouches, etc.
John related that he had recently been called to a widow's home to evaluate her husband's Colt collection and not only discovered that 29 or 30 of 32 guns had been 'helped' but also found complete sets of new high quality roll mark stamps in his workshop! :shock:
John was not only shocked but greatly saddened as he had called this man a friend.

As more folks become interested in Rugers and the prices begin to climb, the potential for fraud increases, sad to say.
Terry T
 
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