Right before my grandfather died he gave me an old .22, break action, single shot. He used to tell me grand stories such as the time he shot a hawk out of the sky with this rifle. I ate it up at the time. Now that I'm older I realize he might as well have said he invented the question mark. My mother does tell the story of subsistent hunting doves out of trees with this rifle. She accidentally shot the beak off of one and it upset her so much that she never hunted again. Anyways, the rifle was a rusted hunk and non functioning when he gave it to me about 15 years ago. I sat it in a closet intending to find out more about it and trying to fix it up. About 10 years ago I found out it was a C J Hamilton & Son rifle. It was made in the 40's and 50's. It's sometimes called a "soap" gun because soap salesman used to give them away on big orders. If it was in perfect, almost new condition it was worth a whopping $200. Perfect for me because I wanted to fix it up not sell it. So I stripped the wood, stripped the metal and cold blued it. Wow, talk about hideous. So I stripped the metal again and put everything in a box. When frmr0317 cerakoted the browning barrels in midnight blue we had some leftover paint. So when I asked him to repaint the mag caps blue I asked him to paint this as well. So he jumped on it, degreased, sanded and painted it on Saturday while I sanded, stained and oiled the stock. He did a wonderful job and although I don't think I will ever get it completely functional, at least it will now be preserved for future generations. I can't wait to tell my son how his great granddad shot a hawk out of the sky with this (I'll tell him I invented the question mark).