I just picked up an old Glenfield Model 60 from my local gun shop.
It’s wooden stock was battered and just a bit loose, the finish was worn, and the scarred action appears to have been cleaned with a wire brush. I suspect the rifle rarely, if ever, saw the inside of a case, and probably rattled around in a pickup’s tool box. I like to think that each dent in the stock tells a story.
New guns are nice, but older ones have more character.
I think that applies to some people, too.
Update: Was scouting around for sling swivel studs, which led me to look at synthetic stocks, which led me to this. It’s a pretty interesting take on customizing a Model 60 to provide survival essentials in one place, and I’m about half-seriously interested in following his lead, just using the Tech-Sights instead of the scope and leaving the bipod at home.