Neglected old firearms, relics get big headlines at gun ‘buyback’ events (VIDEOS)
By Chris Eger
While local media gave a lot of ink to the breadth and depth of a few events where unwanted guns and curios were turned in, a closer look at the footage from the events shows something else.
Like a whole lot of rust and junk.
In the above B-roll footage from WTNH News8 in New Haven, Connecticut, organizers and police inventory a few tables of firearms collected last weekend there. Observed are at least one percussion muzzleloader, an old Sheridan pistol coated in surface rust, an Enfield .303 rifle that looks like it was unearthed from the Somme, a variety of shotguns– including an old SXS with really short barrels– and other odds and ends. While there are a few interesting pieces– an M1 Carbine scanned over may be worth a second look and there is what seems to be a very nice old Winchester cowboy gun– most of what is shown wouldn’t get your average firearms collector to pump the brakes at a community center gun show.
However, the number of guns turned over, 168, was reported by Connecticut Public Radio to be the record haul at such an event in the area, and the guns are set to be recycled into