[quote=“Pepper”]Me (early-mid 1960’s)
…first rounds were either the empty .22 fired at Gramps farm (and then the subsequent ground pick-ups of the occasional 12 ga fired hull or .30-30 casing)…or the fond memories of Dad taking my brother & I on a 100 mile day trip to the Canal Street surplus shops of downtown Manhattan (NYC).
He and my older brother sought out the electronic surplus shops…me?..the “Army Surplus” shops fascinated me. (of course I didn’t go in them alone…I might have been pushing 10 y/o at the time)
I recall wooden kegs of “Lazy Dog” flechette/bomblets (weren’t they the coolest thing for a kid to play with and make believe “bomb” from toy planes ?) and kegs of blackened 20 & 30 mm projos. (and there were the drums of 50 BMG dummies) I recall five and dime prices and “3 for 25 cent” signs. Of course and being limited to one…maybe two items by Pop)
I didn’t keep the Lazy Dog(s) segregated away from others in my collection…these were easy to keep as such
Somewhere along the line I was given a Bazooka dummy and about the same ear my Pop came home from the Saturday garbage dump run with a spend 105 howitzer case. (How many times have I polished that darn thing?)
Funny how time flies and times change as I know I brought all but the 105 to grade school “show & tell” numerous times.
40+ years of fascination with brass & copper[/quote]
Given that you are the PRESIDENT you can hang with us as an honorary.