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I bought and sold a number of guns through Steve and enjoyed talking with him at shows. He was always a pleasure to deal with, a nice guy who will be badly missed.


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Talked to him more then a few times at the NE SXS event. Had some excellent guns for sure. He will be missed in the vintage gun world.


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I would always stop at his table in Tulsa and visit a few minutes. Suckered one time for a fine Sauer. Super man! Too few of his type around......we have lost a fine man.


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I had the occasion to talk with him on the phone and found him always pleasant and informative. The double gun world has truly lost a great man. My prayers for him and his family. I do hope his son will continue his legacy.
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Originally Posted By: arrieta2
My understanding his son will try to run it

John Boyd


I wish August, Steve's stepson who has been on the scene for a few months, and Jo Ann, Steve's wife, the very best of luck going forward. Tough duty for sure.

But I don't see how that will be anywhere near a possibility. Steve's knowledge and acquisition skills were not replaceable or transferable. It's too easy to make a $20,000 mistake on a Purdey. Steve Barnett had learned over 30 some-odd years how to avoid that. Effort is no substitute. Again, I wish them the very best.
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Agreed, John. His breadth of knowledge was amazing, especially his mental Rolodex of just the right people to call for just the right guns. What many don’t know is that many of Steve’s guns never made it online, being sold with just a few phone calls or emails.

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For sure, Tom, more than anyone really knows. I handled many rare pieces that, when I asked Steve how it would be priced, he would reply, "it's already sold".

Those of us who were close to Steve knew he had a buyer that really blew his business wide open several years ago. Steve's exact words about this person were, "he told me he wanted to acquire the finest gun collection there is, and I intend to see to it he gets it", lol.
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I only met Steve once, the only time I went to Tulsa. His inventory was only a fraction then of what it is now. Had a nice chat about a 16ga Beretta sxs that had him in a bit of a quandary.

Easy enough, for sure, to go to his website and be very impressed. Have a cup handy to catch the drool.

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Bought from and sold to Steve. Always fair with me buying or selling. Rest in Peace.


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I spoke with Steve on numerous occasions at the Vintagers, Las Vegas, and Southern Side by Side. He was always friendly and outgoing. There were many times I would have struck up a conversation with him but didn't, because he stayed so busy.

I had two transactions with him; both of which illustrate good integrity. The first was for the purchase of a Westley Richards Mod. 1897 single shot rifle. It was a .400/360 NE. On the phone he cautioned that the bore was quite worn. He offered to send it to me for an extended trial, including firing the rifle. True to what he said, the rifle would only shoot keyholes. It went back with no reservation or hassle whatsoever.

The second was for the purchase of a stellar PD Farquharson in .450/400 3-1/4" NE. That rifle needed no excuses, and it still resides in my gun safe today.



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