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Silver Snipe day, anyway. I awarded custody of my late Father’s 1964 Beretta Silver Snipe, purchased with a Marine Corps re-enlistment bonus Dad got that same year.
Dad never really used the gun, I remember just a few times that he carried it, much preferring his A5, purchased when he made staff Sargent, in 1952. I have both guns.
Chris has outgrown his 20 gauge youth pump. He has outgrown most everything, stands 5ft 11 1/2” at age 13 and wears a man’s size 13 shoe. The stock will be short on the Beretta for him, at some point in time, but, for now, he can shoot it.
I awarded custody of the Beretta to him on New Years Day.
He needs practice, and some coaching. But, after a long wait for him, the temp went to 40 degrees today, and we shot a round each of trap and skeet. My eye issues are not over, but, I was happy just watching him get used to the game:



Somewhere between me holding him as a baby, trying to get him to fall asleep while “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood played, and today, he grew most of the way up. I’m trying to enjoy what is still left. He is on the honor roll in his Spanish immersion school, speaks two languages fluently, wants to learn a third, and be on the trap and skeet league when he gets to high school. He has 1 year to go. But, we will shoot buddy trap and skeet at our club this year.
Truly bad news was we were fooling around with the Mossberg .410 pump and a 28 gauge Darne after our regular rounds, shooting up the remainders of ammunition from a session of patterning each. I suggested he shoot the little 28 instead of the .410 he was using. He proceeded to demolish every pigeon he shot at with the 28.
I hope I haven’t lost possession of that one.


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Originally Posted By: Ted Schefelbein
....Somewhere between me holding him as a baby, trying to get him to fall asleep while “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood played, and today, he grew most of the way up....

Hate to break it to you dad, but most of the way is still to come. You're a lucky guy if he appreciates your 28ga, seems he already knows how important it is to have something from his grandpa. You're doing great with him Ted, but don't hesitate to hint about how tough it will be for the doc to set his broken arms if he ever has thoughts of pawning them.

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My kid isn’t the problem with the pawn shop. That, would be my brother.
A few years past, my brother mentioned to me that he might want to pawn some of my Dad’s things. I told him to get a price from a pawn shop, and I’d beat it by at least $100. Same rules, get the money back to me and you get the stuff back, no questions asked.
I am his pawn shop, when it comes to my Dads things.
Chris has the Zodiac watch my Dad bought in South East Asia. There isn’t much left of the old watch, after his tour of duty and half a lifetime of use after. But, Chris treasures anything that was grampas, that he now owns.

Thanks, Craig. So far, he is just a really good kid.

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Ted,
I had the same relationship with my son as he was growing up, and now at 44 he is my hunting and shooting buddy when he isn't too busy with the typical family stuff. It seems like your son is coming along just fine. And yes, my son also has his eye on my 29 ga. Merkel! Enjoy the ride!
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Generational guns are special. Hope your eye issue is continuing to heal. Give him something to look forward to with the Darne. smile
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Great post. I understand the feelings you're having, Ted. My boys are all grown with families of their own. One is in AZ, and we miss him so badly. The younger is 43, and is my best friend. We work together on the farm, and play together with fast boats on the river. We drove to Mooresville, NC together yesterday to buy a Merc 2.5/260 for his "new" Allison XR2001.

Times spent with your son are gifts, to him and also to yourself. Thanks for the pic and the post.

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Makes a body feel good !!
Thanks for sharing

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Great story Ted!


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