Rifle fetches big bucks on 'Antiques Roadshow'
Monday night's "Antiques Roadshow" ended with a bang when a rifle passed down through generations proved to be quite a shot in the arm for one St. Louis woman.
"The overall condition is very good. I would estimate this rifle today from 75 thousand to 100 thousand dollars," said an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow.
The episode was filmed in 2000, and the folks at the "Roadshow" estimate the antique .44 caliber rifle held onto its value over the past 15 years.
The rifle was originally the owner's grandfather's, and she inherited it from her dad just because her husband wanted it.
We're willing to bet she's glad she grabbed it while she had the chance.
The appraiser was impressed with the iron frame and the quality of preservation throughout the years.
And the gun still had it's original serial number: 64. Her grandfather must've been like one of those people waiting outside for an Apple watch, right?
First used during the Civil War, .44 caliber weapons like this are known as the first reliable repeating rifles on the market and were highly coveted by Union troops.
The Henry Rifle served as a forerunner to a brand you've likely heard of — Winchester. But we're sure the owner is happy to have the older model.
"My goodness! Thank you very much ... it's a wonderful surprise."
With at least a $75,000 takeaway, she can head to Wal-Mart and buy herself plenty of replacements.
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