EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


November 4, 2012



To the editor:

There are more important problems to write about than old guns losing favor but I think that I’ll just cling to my gun stories while I can.

I wrote a letter to the editor some time ago saying how sometimes little things mean a lot. In the letter I talked about how Winchester was no longer manufacturing their model 1894 lever action and though obscure, it was possibly a reflection of a changing nation. Now, I hear some idle chatter about the fate of another old firearm, Marlin. Marlin never achieved the fame of Winchester, but still, in its own right is equally historic.

Throughout the late 1950s and early 1970s, I had a much older friend who loved to hunt deer in Vermont every season with a lever-action Marlin chambered for .32 Winchester Special. A .32 WS is just a .30-30 cartridge case slightly altered to hold .321 caliber bullets. Both have approximately the same power but years ago, during those old cartridges’ heyday many hunters thought the .32 was somewhat better.

I thought a lot of that old deer hunter and soon was looking for a Marlin carbine chambered in .32 Winchester Special. I finally found a used but nicely kept .32 WS Marlin called a Sport Carbine and in 1964, the old lever gun cost me just under $40 — still, a tidy sum to come by at the time. I often think of that old deer hunter, even now.

Charlie Faro

North Andover

You have the right to vote Tuesday

To the editor:

The League of Women Voters of New Hampshire, a non-partisan political group that never supports or opposes any candidates or parties, reminds citizens you have the right to vote on Nov. 6.

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