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    Default You know you've been on Gunboards a long time if you remember....

    When Tuco was the Spawn clown...
    Vic's huge cats....
    When CLmauser used to post the specials from Century Arms....
    When the site sponsors were North China Arms, Empire Arms and Allans Armory....
    When there was only one message board and Tuco's Trader...
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    The good old days!

    Sadly I was not one of the real old timers who were active when Tuco’s first launched but I was a member by 1998. From my first visit to today, this forum in its many iterations has always been my home on the Internet. And sadly again, the forum today is but a pale shadow of what it used to be.

    The energy and excitement here twenty years ago was off the charts back when new arrivals of surplus C&R imports were a common occurrence. We had so many members and so many fascinating threads that you could spend hours just reading the latest posts.

    Sadly, I keep returning to that emotion but it’s impossible not to, most of the original and most active membership seems to have passed away or simply stopped posting.

    Anyone remember the Tuco’s “Radio Show” where Brent and Vic responded to live calls and messages?

    Or how about the short period where hardcore XXX porn images were freely and openly posted in forum threads?

    The Tuco’s auction program put in place after eBay slammed the door shut on so many of the things we love?

    I miss the good old days!
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    Richard, I agree. The forum is nothing like it used to be back when new imports were rolling in on a regular basis. I also miss all the joking around and teasing that went on. We had some amazing personalities here....that is for sure! Jeez, I'd forgotten about Tuco radio and the auctions! I remember tuning in to listen to the radio show. The good old days for sure!
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    :^) This is what prompted me lately to post "Bring Back Pic Fun!! on The Collectors Forum. I've see more of the "old" members come out of the woodwork than I could have imagined. Any club that is worth its "salt" is one that everyone participates in. It's so easy for us to sit back and remember daze gone by... There is no better time than the present secondary market that spawned during the very days we're reminiscing! Although the old wholesalers have faded, all those groovy things are in private collections now. Speaking for myself I'm ready to start "paying forward" into the collecting community, especially new comers. Let's share some posts, pictures, start new stimulating topics and sell some of these wonderful things that were collected when the market was full of it. "It's never over".

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    Thumbs up Desert Storm Stuff

    To: Richard in NY...

    Hey Richard,

    I got a little of that fever too. I acquired a few things during Desert Storm ( a "Darth Vader" helmet in the truck of a Navy Corpman's car trunk I missed out on comes to mind) Anyhoo I did snag a thing or two. I gotta dig for them because my life seems to be filled with labeled plastic tubs like yourself. LOL I know one piece was from a Vet and it was a Czech pistol belt he had liberated. I'll find it and what else, send you a pic and we can swap something maybe?

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    Around Thanksgiving 1998, Tuco and I closed up a McDonald's west of Knoxville. Then we stood in the parking lot for maybe another half hour or so. I'd been here at least a year, maybe two. Like is said above, back then, every post was interesting. Now, while I still check in at least twice a day, I seldom click on a post.

    FWIW, the last time Tuco checked in was 09-22-2016 02:43

    Water over the dam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ole fred View Post
    Around Thanksgiving 1998, Tuco and I closed up a McDonald's west of Knoxville. Then we stood in the parking lot for maybe another half hour or so. I'd been here at least a year, maybe two. Like is said above, back then, every post was interesting. Now, while I still check in at least twice a day, I seldom click on a post.

    FWIW, the last time Tuco checked in was 09-22-2016 02:43

    Water over the dam.

    Please help me here... where are Tuco & Vic now that we obviously really need them? I loved, worked and traded with both of these guys and had fun doing it! (Finn Bear was a good Friend too) Some of the best things I have in my personal collection came from them. Are they still living? Was this website sold and they retired? Can we rekindle that spirit they launched? I was telling my wife tonight, I remember "dial up" innerweb to get a picture on Tuco's site of an SVT40. I could go to dinner, come back and the info was still loading in the mid 1990's. We've come a long way BABY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skratch View Post
    To: Rich in NY...

    Hey Richard,

    I got a little of that fever too. I acquired a few things during Desert Storm ( a "Darth Vader" helmet in the truck of a Navy Corpman's car trunk I missed out on comes to mind) Anyhoo I did snag a thing or two. I gotta dig for them because my life seems to be filled with labeled plastic tubs like yourself. LOL I know one piece was from a Vet and it was a Czech pistol belt he had liberated. I'll find it and what else, send you a pic and we can swap something maybe?

    Best from The West,

    Skratch
    Craig:

    Your Darth Vader helmet was presumably from the 2003 Iraq war because I don’t believe they existed at the time of the ‘91 Gulf War. Whatever the time frame the Vader helmets are among the coolest pieces of militaria ever!

    Unlike my relentless efforts to obtain Desert Storm militaria I didn’t go crazy after the ‘03 invasion. I purchased a few nice pieces (like two of the Vader helmets and one of the Fedayeen Saddam black jumpsuit uniforms) as soon as things quieted down but it was clear to me that unlike our in and out invasion of ‘91, we were going to be present in Iraq for the foreseeable future. I saw bad things on the horizon from a collector’s perspective and I was determined to grab a few items that I trusted and get out of the market as soon as possible.

    You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist or Nostradamus to see it coming. When you have a defeated country awash in military gear with a hungry and desperate population and a bored and entrepreneurial occupation army, shenanigans are inevitable. I knew with absolute certainty that re-badged and patched uniforms, painted helmets, and all sorts of fantasy militaria creations would soon start flooding the market. And unlike the positively quaint era our earlier involvement in Iraq, the Internet and eBay provided an instant gateway to a worldwide market of buyers.

    My dire expectations soon proved true and not only were “real” pieces being fraudulently assembled and presented but soon accurate appearing reproductions of scarce items like the Vader helmets were being crafted from whole cloth.

    Sorry to ramble on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard in NY* View Post
    Craig:

    Your Darth Vader helmet was presumably from the 2003 Iraq war because I don’t believe they existed at the time of the ‘91 Gulf War. Whatever the time frame the Vader helmets are among the coolest pieces of militaria ever!

    Unlike my relentless efforts to obtain Desert Storm militaria I didn’t go crazy after the ‘03 invasion. I purchased a few nice pieces (like two of the Vader helmets and one of the Fedayeen Saddam black jumpsuit uniforms) as soon as things quieted down but it was clear to me that unlike our in and out invasion of ‘91, we were going to be present in Iraq for the foreseeable future. I saw bad things on the horizon from a collector’s perspective and I was determined to grab a few items that I trusted and get out of the market as soon as possible.

    You didn’t have to be a rocket scientist or Nostradamus to see it coming. When you have a defeated country awash in military gear with a hungry and desperate population and a bored and entrepreneurial occupation army, shenanigans are inevitable. I knew with absolute certainty that re-badged and patched uniforms, painted helmets, and all sorts of fantasy militaria creations would soon start flooding the market. And unlike the positively quaint era our earlier involvement in Iraq, the Internet and eBay provided an instant gateway to a worldwide market of buyers.

    My dire expectations soon proved true and not only were “real” pieces being fraudulently assembled and presented but soon accurate appearing reproductions of scarce items like the Vader helmets were being crafted from whole cloth.

    Sorry to ramble on!
    Thanks Richard! My time period is off obviously and I stand corrected. Too many wars to get "right". All's I know is a medic I know rotating back popped his trunk at a family party to show me his "bring back" things and I got excited.
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    I remember all of those things. I miss having Vic and Tuco sparking conversations. I’ll post once in a while, but not that often.
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    I was a little later to the game, having joined the boards back in 2003. I used to spend many hours here learning, and sharing my finds with equally enthusiastic collectors. That was back when Mosin-Nagants were typically $89 for an M-44 or M91/59, same for the M91/30's. Turkish Mausers were on sale for $79 and I'd go through them looking for the Gew98 conversions with German markings intact. I'd sometimes buy 5 at a time. Federal Arms Corporation up in Fridley, MN had a warehouse that I used to visit almost weekly, RC K98k's were $189, maybe up to $225 if you opted for a hand select for a special code or marking.

    I don't post as often as I used to, and my finds are now few and far between compared to the old days. But I still enjoy the hunt, and the occasional special find.

    I've also enjoyed the many acquaintances and friendships I've developed over the years on these boards. I'm still online almost daily here, and use the site as a research tool when I need to look something up.

    I am still here.

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    another one late to the game,

    did not really get online until 2004, and hit the boards sometime after that,

    then the great flush and had to re-register on the time machine (1969....., didn't know I joined when I was 6)


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    I met Vic and Tuco, iirc, at a Wannemacher Tulsa show in 1996 or 7, just after GB had started up, Vic had a table there. Many of us went to dinner together, quite the evening! I was already a GB member, reading and posting on the site at that time. Mosins were cheap and plentiful back then, a hundred dollar bill would buy two of anything, almost, at least from importers like Century and Navy Arms, Samco and etc.
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    I was quite early in the game, but I do not remember the year, some year in the 90s.

    There were at least 3 US weapons forums, but gunboards of Brent and Vic was and is still the best. I have the honor to have found a lot of friends here, Vic and Brent included, and I am very thankful!
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    I remember when there were only a handful of gun sites on the web.This one was always the best. I remember the Gun & Knife forum, Dan Z Johnson's Mosin page, Parallax Bill's Turkish Mauser board, The Russian Mosin Nagant site that always jarred me out of my seat with the Russian national anthem blaring if I forgot to tun my speakers down!
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    Yeah, age... I also remember Okra, the Canadian; Finnbear, Dennis Kroh treating us at Western Sizzlin...
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    The Rib Crib!!
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    Yes, the Rib Crib!
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    You know you have been on here a while when your join date is "Dec 1969". I remember when that happened. It was some type of a glitch when the forum was updated or something like that.

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    I've been here darn near forever and still have a low post count, I remember when the guys took the trip to Finland and I just couldn't get away from work. I bought crates of MNs and recycled the boxes into coffee tables. $38-$46 per rifle and Fedex shipping.The boxes are all gone now , but still have a few beauties in the safe !
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    Joined Gunboards around 2000 and have always been around. It has been educational over the years as different trends and topics have come and gone. I always noticed we would get members who joined and went Mosin-crazy for a year or two, buying up everything possible, then usually burning out and disappear, sometimes dumping most of their milsurps, but sometimes coming back a few years later when the itch returned.

    But then we have so many here who have been constant, steady members.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard in NY* View Post
    The good old days!

    Sadly I was not one of the real old timers who were active when Tuco’s first launched but I was a member by 1998. From my first visit to today, this forum in its many iterations has always been my home on the Internet. And sadly again, the forum today is but a pale shadow of what it used to be.

    The energy and excitement here twenty years ago was off the charts back when new arrivals of surplus C&R imports were a common occurrence. We had so many members and so many fascinating threads that you could spend hours just reading the latest posts.

    Sadly, I keep returning to that emotion but it’s impossible not to, most of the original and most active membership seems to have passed away or simply stopped posting.

    Anyone remember the Tuco’s “Radio Show” where Brent and Vic responded to live calls and messages?

    Or how about the short period where hardcore XXX porn images were freely and openly posted in forum threads?

    The Tuco’s auction program put in place after eBay slammed the door shut on so many of the things we love?

    I miss the good old days!
    I remember most of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeepsAndGuns View Post
    You know you have been on here a while when your join date is "Dec 1969". I remember when that happened. It was some type of a glitch when the forum was updated or something like that.
    I always giggle that I've been a member since before I was born

    I joined in the early 2000s, cant remember exactly when....mostly lurk, but try and absorb all that I can. The wealth of knowledge here is dumbfounding.

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    I showed up around the end of 2002, trying to find out what kind of rifle I'd bought for 85 bucks OTD.
    Turned out to be a consecutive serial to the 1927 Tikka m91 pictured in Tuco's article. Don't post much these days, but still drop in to read.
    Haven't bought much the last few years, either. Matter of fact, I need to get home long enough one of these days to sell a few hundred duplicates. At some point, storage and maintenance becomes an issue.

    Miss seeing some of the guys from here at shows around the country. It was a hit when Hoosierdaddy lost his fight with cancer, Neil was a good guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithreid View Post
    I showed up around the end of 2002, trying to find out what kind of rifle I'd bought for 85 bucks OTD.
    Turned out to be a consecutive serial to the 1927 Tikka m91 pictured in Tuco's article. Don't post much these days, but still drop in to read.
    Haven't bought much the last few years, either. Matter of fact, I need to get home long enough one of these days to sell a few hundred duplicates. At some point, storage and maintenance becomes an issue.

    Miss seeing some of the guys from here at shows around the country. It was a hit when Hoosierdaddy lost his fight with cancer, Neil was a good guy.

    Y'all have a good day,

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    Ok, who remembers when...

    ihatemacs went by a different user name (Chris G)

    Gunhorde went by his real name (John H... but I won't divulge his full name here. )

    And who remembers my original username?
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    I have been here a long time. The site has been very critical to my collecting. We have had wonderful members and sponsors. We must keep working to keep the site a useful and informative collector's site. Keep up the good work members and the old crowd.

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    Yeah, boy. We had some good times. This forum in its earliest form is what gave me the collecting bug. Prior to that, I was a shooter and hunter.

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    Joined in 1997. Anyone remember Rifles Roy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by creeks View Post
    Joined in 1997. Anyone remember Rifles Roy?
    I think I bought a "3 pak" of beautiful Finn rifles from him at one point. The shipment came in a fat long box!

    I still have my Finn Cub Kevin Carney tracked down for me too. Funky thing I call my truck gun.

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    For me this is the best gun related site by far. I've been a member for a while, learned most of my limited milsurp knowledge right here, remember the good ole' days of tons of decent surplus on Shotgun News, Gun List, and of when Springfield Sporters shut down, or sold most of their good stuff to other distributors. I also frequent other gun sites, usually with more narrow focuses, but the camaraderie, knowledge, willingness to help, and overall good humor of the members and moderators on Gunboards is second to none!

    I had a blast on the only time I drove out to meet some members, even though I didn't do any shooting. It's still a great site, but perhaps the shortage of accessibly priced milsurps, variety and numbers, and the younger generation's narrow interests and a general lack of knowledge when it comes to world history affects traffic in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike O View Post
    I remember when there were only a handful of gun sites on the web.This one was always the best. I remember the Gun & Knife forum, Dan Z Johnson's Mosin page, Parallax Bill's Turkish Mauser board, The Russian Mosin Nagant site that always jarred me out of my seat with the Russian national anthem blaring if I forgot to tun my speakers down!

    Parallax Bills and there, as well as the RMN forum run by Bob where where I learned to love and appreciate Milsurps. I got into Milsurps late 2002-early 2003. Back when you could buy 5 Century UFIXEM Carcanos or Mixed country M-44s for $100. Man that was a great time. Went to my first Wannamachers show in fall 2003 and was amazed at the amount of guns
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones92 View Post
    Ok, who remembers when...

    ihatemacs went by a different user name (Chris G)

    Gunhorde went by his real name (John H... but I won't divulge his full name here. )

    And who remembers my original username?
    was it Earl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Yeah, age... I also remember Okra, the Canadian; Finnbear, Dennis Kroh treating us at Western Sizzlin...
    Yep, and trips to his room to look at, and discuss the day's finds, meeting under the Driller at noon, Charlie Scharpf, $10 M91 ufixums ($2 shipping) that might have a cracked handguard, and John Wall.......











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    Quote Originally Posted by creeks View Post
    Joined in 1997. Anyone remember Rifles Roy?
    Bought every high end Finn he could find!
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    I hadn't thought of Rifles Roy in years.

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    Hi to All, RiflesRoy here still going Strong in Calif. !!!!!
    Still have many Finnish Mosins as well as other milsurps
    I have been posting as Angelo
    I mostly look in on Gunboards every day and always
    learning more, example is nayte M39 Bayonet !!!

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    I have only been around a few years. I really am sad that I had not gotten involved earlier.

    Bones92 deserves a good part of the credit for luring me into the collecting world. I bought my first couple Turkish Mausers with the idea of making them into 7mm sporting rifles. Luckily I could not figure how to take them apart for a month or two and during that time I grew to love them in their original condition.

    Bones92 (via Gun Broker) sold me my first Turk that was in nice enough condition to flip me from aspiring Bubba to novice collector. Thanks.

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    "Rifles" Roy Comalli. Bought several great Finnish rifles from him when he was liquidating his collection.
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    Sako92s, true martyr of Finnish collecting. His fate redpilled many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denny View Post
    was it Earl?
    No, it was ehamilton92... which ironically is still my Gunbroker seller name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeACTM View Post
    Bones92 (via Gun Broker) sold me my first Turk that was in nice enough condition to flip me from aspiring Bubba to novice collector. Thanks.
    You're welcome, Joe. Or perhaps I should say, "my apologies, Joe" depending on how much money you may have dumped into milsurps!

    My personal mantra, as it pertains to collecting or anything else in life, is "anything worth doing is worth doing to excess!"
    Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.

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    Joined late 1997. Tucovites meetings in Tulsa in 1998 and 99, still have the hats! Meeting Big Mike and watching him walk into the Restaurant with an M39 with bayonet attached!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Yeah, age... I also remember Okra, the Canadian; Finnbear, Dennis Kroh treating us at Western Sizzlin...
    Roger that Nick. I've been here since the Stone Age, but always from CA so I missed out on the Eastern get togethers at various shows. I met Brent and Kevin Carney at a show in Penn while on a business trip to DC. In the early years purchased a whole lot of excellent Russian items from Finnbear. One hell of a lot of fun was had by one and all back in the 90s.

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    Back in the Day--Members Would give more info. and more accurate pricing. No rip-off artists, Plain old friends And Family type group inspired by info.. Shoot off's on line, Xmass secret santa, Group buys, Trading, Low Shipping costs, Many imports all over the place. A great time in collecting!!. Chris

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