Down in sunny Maryland we have some pretty good shooting and along the coast and rivers the duck shooting is especially good. I much prefer to hunt birds and rabbits and we have plenty of those. If I do say it we have some good hunting dogs in Maryland and there have been good shots in Maryland ever since the state was settled. Maryland shooters came into world wide prominence during the war of the rebellion, and they kept up their record when the great war was fought over seas, and every fall the sons of Maryland will be again demonstrating their ability to point a gun in the Maryland game fields.
Way back in "80, which is about a third of a century ago. a Mr. Gray brought a gun to my place, which was some the worse for having been neglected. On one side of the stock there were a lot of shot marks, showing where some one had accidentally shot his gun and incidentally put a few shot in the man who carried it. These marks still show in the stock. It is a 12 gauge with 30 inch barrels, weights 7f£ pounds. It is a most beautifully balanced gun and I have handled many. Of course, I have taken good care of it during the 32 years I have owned it. I have shot it season after season and it fits me so well and I have gotten so used to it that any bird or rabbit I miss with it is welcome to o. have had many, many chances to sell it, and needless to say. it is not for sale.
During all these years the good old gun has handled all sorts of powders, black powder, semi-smokeless and smokeless powder, bulk powder and dense powder and it has handled these loads in brass shells and paper shells Today it is as tight and solid as the day it came from Ithaca Gun Company's Plant.
I have learned from experience never to loan my gun unless I wanted it neglected and possibly broken. I wonder if some of the readers of H-T-T get as much pleasure out of their guns during the closed season as I do. I take this good old pal of mine out every little while during the closed season, look it over, see that it is thoroughly cleaned and oiled and then I begin to dream of the good times I expect to have during the next shooting season. It cheers me up and drives away the blues, which I get once in awhile, so you will understand "why I love my gun."
W. B. Seavolt,
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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