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shortround #460725 10/30/16 05:55 PM
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There's a corollary. It takes a while to appreciate a decent gun as it does a good cuppa Joe.

A lot of people start drinking coffee at work. We have a coffee culture, built around the ever popular 'coffee break'. Many if not most workplaces have an inexpensive or even free way to feed the bean addiction. The coffee is universally horrible. Some people get hooked this way and then discover good coffee

One's first shotgun is often a price point item. The pump or automatic has since their inception been the entry point for most. Cost of a good pump/auto for a long time was less than, much less, than a good break open gun.

The worm has turned a bit. Price out the latest and greatest euro autoloaders against a good solid basic Beretta or Citori. Just about the same price now.

A young person toting a classic of whatever configuration usually has a mentor, not always family but frequently.


"The price of good shotgunnery is constant practice" - Fred Kimble
shortround #460727 10/30/16 05:59 PM
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Don't give up on the youth of today, I have seen them change.
I have 2 Sons and from the time they were old enough to buy their own guns, were buying new pumpguns , semiautos and black rifles.
As time went on, I noticed a change in their buying habits.
I started to see some color case hardening and nice wood in their safes. It was like a switch turned on, now it seems that they are more into double guns.
Now I wait patiently for the next switch to go on....
The one that tells them when to walk away from that nice double, that needs a lot of work.
Then I might be able to finish my old projects.

shortround #460731 10/30/16 06:47 PM
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If only you knew how much my Grandmother cried & prayed for me.
A wayward child, who like most males does not even start to mature till age thirty five.
The rifles of my youth were flat shooting zip code to zip code, heavy barrel, high magnification modern wonders.
Owned first classic double by age forty, & that somewhat by default.
First muzzle loader, by fifty five.
Some of us are just late bloomers.

I have much hope for the youth of today & see that realized in them as they mature to appreciate fine wine, ground coffee & best guns. We can foster & mentor this development in them by getting up alongside them & giving them a shot with our classics.

I will not cry for them, but like my Granny did for me, I will pray.
O.M

mossyoakpenn #460742 10/30/16 07:57 PM
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I like what Southern writer Charles Nicholson said: "Hunting makes coffee taste better in the morning, and whiskey taste better in the evening." Just be leary of the guys who need a shot of Bourbon in their Tim Horton's, en route to the duck marsh or grouse covert for the day.


"The field is the touchstone of the man"..
shortround #460767 10/31/16 07:29 AM
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I fear I am quickly leaving the classification of "youth" but for me it has always been the classics and the history. I credit that largely to two things: First: growing up in Pennsylvania, where the hunting culture is or was unique to anywhere else I have ever seen. People who never owned a piece of camouflage or a pick-up truck still had family deer camp "up north" and made the annual homage for Deer camp, and secondly Pennsylvania Game News magazine. I read them at Grandpap's and picked them up from the elementary school library. It is a great publication and a serious "kudos" the PA game commission for what they created and achieved there. I still donate a subscription somewhere every time I renew mine--- but good on the Game Commission- when I try to send them to schools they say they already provide them free! My kids will have free access to all my Game NEWs and DGJ and the best, socks, boots, and gloves I can get them!

It a goofy picture of me... but it's my little girl I am proud of!

shortround #460769 10/31/16 07:56 AM
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My eleven-year-old grandson, upon passing his hunter's safety course and buying his first ever hunting license, was just bequeathed with the family 20 ga. Parker VH with A&F provenance from Bob Beach showing his great grandfather purchasing it in 1941. He loves the gun and fully understands all that it means both to him and to the family.

Read about it in the Spring 2017 issue of Parker Pages.

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shortround #460773 10/31/16 09:11 AM
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I hunt on a regular basis with 4 brothers, and have been for about 15 years. I have always been a SXS guy, mostly Foxes and occasionally LC Smith's.

In the last few years I have sold 3 of them 16 gauge Foxes of mine that they have admired. I have slowly brought them around to Ansley's finest. I felt that it was my civic duty after all, since they own the bird dogs.

Guys that like plastic semi-auto's will never really get it, but I guess that's OK too. I like buying their grandfather's guns from them.

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I took my son-in-law to the range yesterday; he thinks he's fallen in love with a Henry rifle but had never shot a lever gun so we took my Winny 94. He loved it and shot it pretty well considering, so there's hope for these younger folks.

We also shot his 9mm; I've never been a handgun guy but it was tons o' fun and I actually hit somewhere close to where I aimed most of the time. Old dogs/new tricks and all that...


The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. - Albert Einstein
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I still regard percolated or boiled Cain's coffee as the top of the heap.
Drip coffee just doesn't do it for me.


Dodging lions and wasting time.....
shortround #460842 11/01/16 04:38 AM
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Classic guns, I'm pretty sure, are something one grows into.

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