I picked this rifle up recently on Gunbroker for $360! I have researched the vet and it is legit. He was an officer on the Quincy. 10 years ago when he was 83, his daughter posted a message on a website saying he was well and would answer questions about the ship. I left a message but no response yet. Its a slim chance he is still alive but I gave it a shot anyway. I sure would love to hear the story!