1986, saw a nice rifle I collect in a pawn shop. Asked the man behind the counter for the price, the price tag was turned away. He told me it was a rifle for collectors. I told him I collected that type of rifle, he scoffed and told me he wouldn't sell it to me and repeated, "it's a rifle for collectors". Didn't get upset, went home and figured I'd try again in a week or so, might be someone else behind the counter. There was another person behind the counter alright but the rifle had sold. Fast forward to 2001. I'm on a job where I meet a factory rep who we were installing equipment for. Get to talking, turns out he collected knives. Told him what I collected, he told me he knew where there was such a rifle at a gun shop. I go there and it's the same rifle. Purchased it and still have it. I've had a lot of weird experiences collecting/acquiring rifles. That one had a happy ending.