Whose Shotgun Would You Want?
Chad Love, author of “Man’s Best Friend” blog on the Field & Stream website and fellow Quail Forever blogger, recently passed along a post idea for me. It seems that famed pheasant hunting author Steve Grooms has elected to sell his favorite pheasant gun, a 12 gauge over/under Ithaca model 600 made by SKB. It got me thinking about shotguns and if there’s one out there I’d aspire to one day own.
My first thought went to a recent book about Ernest Hemingway’s guns. Ultimately I’d prefer to possess the fishing rod & reel Hemingway used in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – my home stomping grounds – while penning the Big Two-Hearted River, more than any of Ernie’s firearms. Teddy Roosevelt came to mind as well, but ultimately I’m not particularly infatuated with owning famous people’s things.
For me, I think someday I’d like to inherit both of my grandpa’s shotguns. My Grandpa St.Pierre passed away last fall leaving my dad with a matching 12 and 20 gauge Winchester Model 12 pair. Likewise, my Grandpa Maurer left his 20 gauge Browning Citori featherlight to my mom when he passed a few years back. All three of those guns carry on my family’s hunting traditions; something shared by both sides of my heritage. That’s something I’m proud to be a part of and represent in my last name.
Is there someone else’s shotgun out there you hope to shoulder one day?