Gut Rumbles

July 18, 2005

interesting story

Mommie told me a good story that I never heard before yesterday. My grandfather, when he was a young rounder, decided that he was going to kill a man. (He had a good reason for that plan.) He owned shotguns and rifles, but he wanted a pistol--- something that he could stick in his pocket and carry without the bad guy seeing it.

He bought a .32 revolver from a fellow moonshiner, who demanded a CHECK for the sale of the gun. Not many people in the hollows of eastern Kentucky HAD checking accounts back then, but my grandfather did, although his balance was usually about $2.00 after his charges at the company store were deducted from his paycheck.

He wrote a check for that pistol, then went looking for the bad guy. (That was sometime around 1935--- no telling how old the gun is.)

The reason the seller wanted a check was because he KNEW what my grandfather intended to do, and he didn't want to be connected with a murder. He wanted proof that he SOLD the pistol if it were used to kill somebody.

Luckily for all concerned, the law caught the guy before my grandfather did. The bad guy was sent back to the "pen" (he was out on parole at the time) and my grandfather kept that pistol until the day he died. I don't think he ever shot at anybody with it, but I remember seeing it around Mommie and Papaw's house when I was a young boy.

Mommie gave that pistol to my cousin Alan, who is a cop in Florida. (He just made Captain, by the way!) I told Mommie yesterday that I wish she had given it to me, because I might have framed that sucker and hung it on my wall as a family heirloom. After all, I AM her first grandchild.

She said that she gave it to Alan because she knew that he collected guns and he might need it in his line of work. I doubt that Alan would EVER use an ancient .32 in a gunfight (he's got a SERIOUS arsenal), but the pistol is in good hands. He'll take care of it.

But I've already put out the word. If Alan ever wants to sell it, I get first dibs on it.


Rob - have you ever thought about writing a novel?

And when you gonna email be back btw? :-p

Posted by: Misty on July 18, 2005 05:54 PM

Why am I surprised that someone in YOUR family was gonna KILL someone? Homicidal and Sociopathic fruit doesn't fall far from the tree I guess.


Posted by: PJ on July 19, 2005 02:25 AM

Firearms with history make GREAT family heirlooms.
If it wasn't illegal in Oz, I would have an Italian Bodeo pistol that my Dad took off an escaping Italian POW in North Africa in 1940 after the Italian shot Dad in the face, but only knocked out some teeth and punched a hole in his cheek,
That scar on his cheek made him look like a pirate, and as a youngin, I thought that having a scar like that was the coolest thing ever and that pistol and it's story was the source of awe and wonder to me and all the neighbourhood kids.
Dad's passed on now, but when I hold that pistol that I would have if it wasn't illegal in Oz, I think of him with fondness.

Get that .32 back Rob, it is worth it for the family history.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on July 19, 2005 03:03 AM

Wasn't it a 32 that Micheal Corleone had taped to the back of the toilet?

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on July 19, 2005 09:44 AM amaze me. You have got to be the biggest ass I've ever met online. Why come here to this site and spout that kind of crap.

Posted by: No Mo on July 20, 2005 03:28 AM

" amaze me. You have got to be the biggest ass I've ever met online. Why come here to this site and spout that kind of crap."
-No Mo

No, the biggest ass is someone who brags about a family member that intended to go out and KILL someone like it is something to be proud of. What planet do you come from?


Posted by: PJ on July 21, 2005 05:25 AM
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