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Offline David Rase

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Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« on: May 24, 2023, 12:30:49 AM »
I acquired a 20g Tradegun this weekend.  It was built by Ken Gahagan about a dozen years ago.  I spied this gun on Art Riser's blog a couple of years ago and always liked it.  When I got the opportunity to add this gun to my collection this past weekend, I was elated.  There is a lot to like about this simple gun and as I continue to admire it, I appreciate it more and more.
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2023, 12:47:01 AM »
Iím not a trade gun guy but I really like this. Ken has that touch. Canít explain that touch but very few makers possess it. You know it when you see or touch it.
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2023, 02:07:53 AM »
Cool beans man.  Not alot of trade guns by gahagan around. How long is the barrel?
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2023, 02:24:30 AM »
Extremely cool.  Of course, not as cool as this spectacular bear pistol I have here with a brass plate and brass rib...  ;D
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2023, 02:36:33 AM »
Cool beans man.  Not alot of trade guns by gahagan around. How long is the barrel?
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2023, 04:11:07 PM »
A real dandy!
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2023, 05:07:38 PM »
   Ken makes an exceptional gun. Glad you could acquire it. Trade guns as you know are a very practical firearm. Congrats !!!

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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2023, 06:33:46 PM »
Extremely cool.  Of course, not as cool as this spectacular bear pistol I have here with a brass plate and brass rib...  ;D
Or the old beatup Ryckman Family Rifle that made its way out west to Washington. ;)
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2023, 05:01:17 PM »
Always excited to see Ken's work.
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2023, 05:42:53 AM »
Aint that a neat one!
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2023, 03:16:05 AM »
I can see why you admired it so long.  Its a beauty.

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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2023, 07:22:16 PM »
Beautiful piece. It looks 'right'. Great coloring/finishing. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2023, 03:07:21 AM »
Great looking gun, DavidÖ, congrats on acquiring it!  Ken makes great pieces and thatís a prime example.  Best,

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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2023, 01:36:53 AM »
You got a really cool snag on that one Dave. Did it come from Wyoming?

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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2023, 04:20:32 PM »
You got a really cool snag on that one Dave. Did it come from Wyoming?
Why yes it did. 

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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2023, 04:38:31 PM »
You going to mount up and run buffalo with it? ;)
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #16 on: June 07, 2023, 06:02:51 AM »
A very nicely finished Trade Gun. Beautiful!

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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2023, 07:20:00 PM »
David sold his horseÖ.
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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2023, 07:51:18 PM »
I had little to no interest at all in trade guns, until I saw this one.....  Super cool. 

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Re: Ken Gahagan Tradegun
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2023, 08:02:33 PM »
Did you shootist yet.

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