he also has a collection of flintlocks and percussion cap rifles going back to the revolutionary war and the war of 1812.
the conversation was something like this:
phil: "is the the yurdlesquart vosenfpheffer?"
howard: "yes, in .37 calibur."
phil: "i ooh, so it's after 1921."
howard: "yes, you can tell from the fluted sights."
phil: "it's rare to see one with the parkerized flutes."
howard: "yes, because most of them were replaced in 1934 by the votlebut ramped whatnot."
phil: "but that made is to much more unreliable."
howard: "because they hadn't taken into consideration the floating barrel structure at the time."
phil: "but they fixed that with the lasenfphapple bolt carrier assembly."
howard: "i have one of those over here."