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Kind of overkill, don’t you think?

This image is rattling around social media today. It’s a vampire hunting kit that supposedly sold at Sotheby’s in 2011. I did a search using those keywords and found a totally different vampire hunting kit that sold at a different auction.

The one in the picture is supposedly 1890s, but people in the threads are pointing out that this conception of vampire hunting really didn’t crystallize until the Hammer films. I suspect these were a novelty item assembled in the 20th C using 19th C components.

I know someone who claimed to have seen a simple one. He said it was a velvet-lined mahogany box with a revolver, a crucifix and six silver bullets. A revolver, so post 1850 anyway. I told him it would have been a much better story if one of the bullets was missing.

He owned a combination gun and appliance shop in Providence. That shop was wild. As you walked in, the left half was guns and knives and the right half was white goods. I bought a television there one year and a .357 magnum another year.

Usually it was too expensive for my budget, but once a year they had an invitation-only gun sale with serious discounts. The .357 became my bedside table gun – an S&W 686 snubby in nickel. It was a heavy, ugly, okay-lady-I-can-see-you’re-serious kind of gun and I think I paid less than $200 for it.

I still regret not buying the evillest machete I ever saw at that sale. It was obviously very old and had been sharped and sharpened until there was nought left but a thin, wicked sharp sickle.

I decided I was too clumsy to own that one.


Comment from Mitch
Time: November 3, 2021, 7:02 pm

When you want to kill a vampire it’s good to have overkill rather than underkill.

I remember you posting a pic of the snubby. I’ve got the 6 inch version with the extra round.

Comment from EA
Time: November 3, 2021, 7:35 pm

There is a store like that near here. It’s half NAPA auto parts and half gun shop. Very popular shop.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 3, 2021, 10:41 pm

This oldie/goodie T-shirt message seems highly appropriate for this thread.

Ought to be a convenience store
instead of a government agency

Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 3, 2021, 11:17 pm

When I moved to Roseville, CA in 1987 there was a store call De-Luxe Liquor and Guns. It was awesome. Liquor store up front, full service gun store in the back. When I inherited a bubba’d P1917 Eddystone in 89 I took it there to be checked out since I knew nothing about guns at the time (that would change shortly afterwards…). The gunsmith told me it’s fine. If you don’t get ’em with the first 5 shots, you can just club them over the head with it! I miss that place.

Comment from gebrauschund
Time: November 4, 2021, 12:12 am

There used to be a place near me called Eddie Bear’s. Front to back it had, in one building, a gas station/convenience store, liquor store, barber shop, pawn shop/gun store, and bail bondsman.

The world is a lesser place without it.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 4, 2021, 11:21 am

When I moved to Tejas almost half a century ago I was suprised, delighted, to find the local Furr’s “grocery” store was merely a modern day general store with food, automotive, home goods, wine and beer, guns and ammo.
I purchased my first pistol there, a Browning Hi-power and a very nice little knock off M1 carbine for which I could never get the .30 Cal (pistol) ammo because, said the gun counter man, in his opinion as soon as it arrived it was bought out and made it’s way south across the border.

You were allowed then to get spiffed on wine and beer, which you could buy in town, but if you wanted to get drunk you had to go out past the city/county limits to the liquor store. As a former resident of Masswatuchets I never understood how making you buy more liquid to hide the alcohol in made it less likely you’d get spiffed.

Comment from BJM
Time: November 6, 2021, 4:19 am

@stoaty…my carry is a 640.

Last summer West Virginia’s vaccination lottery program gave away guns, trucks, and big cash causing NPR’s panties to seriously bunch.

Alrighty then.

Comment from BJM
Time: November 6, 2021, 4:23 am

@Durned…more bottles sold = more tax revenue.

Comment from BJM
Time: November 6, 2021, 7:53 pm


Comment from BJM
Time: November 6, 2021, 7:56 pm

Imma on a roll.

Comment from BJM
Time: November 6, 2021, 8:02 pm

The rest of the story.

Comment from BJM
Time: November 6, 2021, 8:05 pm


(I’ll let myself out)

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