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Back in 2006 or 2007 Steve had a nice little 20g Purdey for sale. At the time I thought I needed it. I offered him 18 nice doubles for trade. I gave him a brief description of each. He said them down. I boxed them up and sent them threw UPS. He sent me the Purdey. A super smooth deal. There had to be trust both ways. He sold the same gun for me a year or two ago. He was always fair and tried to his best for his customers.

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Someday you have to tell us how you went from thinking you needed that gun, to selling it.
In any case, it was good you had Steve to move the inventory.

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What stunning news, Steve was such a fixture in the gun trade. He was a real wheeler and dealer. The price he listed for items was almost never the "real" price. Once, I offered him 1/2 the list price of a 28ga SxS, which was more than the item was worth. He talked me into splitting the difference and feeling good about the transaction even though I knew I had been taken to the proverbial cleaners. What a great fellow who will be sorely missed. Prayers for his family.


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This is so sad. He was very helpful and was a very selfless guy to speak and deal with. This year really sucks

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I dealt with Steve a couple of times. A true gentleman. Was easy to deal with and very fair in our dealings. He will be missed.

R.I.P.

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Dealt with him a number of times.Live close enough to the shop to go there for the trades.It
was an amazing shop and Steve as nice of a gentleman as could be.He even let our Boykin ,Sassy, come in.He made a friend for life with her.Steve will be missed;he will not be replaced.

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No one ever insulted me with more wit and grace than Steve Barnett. One of a kind. Somewhere he is on a golf course, betting, and making money at both ends. Rest in peace


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I`m shocked by this news. Few Russians visited the Barnett`s store, but his site was known to many. Rest in peace, Steve. Condolences from Russia

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Here's my story about Steve Barnett. Years ago I was at the Louisville gun show and I was looking at the model 21s at his table, as he had several of them. I bought one of them from him for $3,200. I walked down to the end of the that aisle with it over my shoulder and somebody behind me asked how much I would take for it. Just to be a wise guy , I said $4,000 and turned around and started to walk on down the aisle. The guy said, well, can I take a look at it? I thought- you got to be kidding me. Surely I'm not going to sell this gun am I?

But sure enough he pulled out 40 $100 bills and I ended up selling it. And I was madder than h--- at myself even though I made a dollar or two in about 10 minutes. I really wanted that gun.

So I walked back over to Steve's table again and found another nice Model 21 - TRAP grade and bought it for $3,200. When I got home I contacted the Cody Museum to get the paperwork on it. They had the registration and the factory worksheet on the gun and they said that the final inspection was on September 11, 1947 and that it was probably shipped on the 12th which just so happened to be the day that I was born. So that's the one gun I've always kept. We both came into the world on the same day. What are the chances?

But I am really sorry to hear about Steve and his passing. I bought a few guns off of him over the years. And he always seemed like a nice guy. So rest in peace, Steve. And thanks for the pleasure you always gave me.


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Had a number of dealings with Steve and many more conversations and meetings at Gun shows. He could get Cody info quickly and helped me out a number of times.
R.I.P

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