Duke’s Luck Part II
Sometimes, it’s about the unexpected.
Back in the February issue, I detailed my almost phenomenal luck in finding a proper World War II vintage German scope complete with proper low turret-type mounts. It was needed to complete an original German K98k rifle with low turret bases, which I had found in a pawnshop here in Montana.
A few months later, a friend was visiting and I handed him an original K98k sniper rifle to look at. He said, “Oh, this must be the one you wrote up that you got in a pawn shop?” I had to say, “Nope, this is another one. That one had turret mounts and a Zeiss scope. This one has the short side rail mount with a Kahles scope.” My friend looked dumbfounded and said almost in awe, “You got another original German WWII sniper rifle! How did you manage that?”
“Luck, just plain luck,” was my truthful answer. I had known about this rifle for over a decade but the owner wouldn’t consider selling it. Then he had a stroke of bad luck and needed to raise cash. Not gleeful about someone’s bad luck, still I did have the cash to help him out so it was good luck for me.
When it comes to games of chance, I am famous among my friends for my bad luck. Once in Las Vegas, I decided I’d set aside $50 to use in slot machines. Not once, never, was I a single cent ahead. My 50 bucks slid into a variety of slot machines spitting nary a coin back at me. A friend with me put a few dimes into a slot machine and hit a $100 jackpot.
By Mike “Duke” Venturino
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