As a small boy in the 1900s, Joe Kindig Jr. always wanted a rifle, but his father, coming from a Mennonite background, did not believe in firearms. When the elder Kindig told him that a rifle could kill a person, Joe asked about purchasing an air rifle. But, he learned, an air rifle could shoot a person’s eye out. Joe’s last request was for an old, antique gun. Finally, he was told, he could buy plenty of them, and he took it quite literally. Joe had an aunt who was an antique collector and fond of local farm sales. He accompanied her on many an outing and found that he could buy old furniture, which in turn he could sell to the more established dealers in New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. He used the proceeds to purchase more rifles.
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