The Kind of a Gun to Buy
When you buy a rifle or a shotgun for sporting purposes it is quite natural and perfectly proper for you to want the best. Whether you get it or notówell, that's another question.
Never buy a rifle with less than a 20-inch barrel and one with a 24-inch barrel is better, for this is about the right length for a good, straight, hard shooting gun. My son has used a Marlin lever action repeating rifle ever since he was fourteen years old, and he has never had the slightest trouble with it.
As to shotguns, I like a double-barreled shotgun with 30-inch barrels better than I do a repeating gun, though I have used both the lever-action and pump-action gun; but there is a charm about loading your gun by hand that sportsman of the old school like myself never get over. Even our own Ben Franklin advocated the use of the crossbow as against the flintlock, and he wasn't exactly what you would call an old fogy either.
But since you are a young American with the red blood of your forefathers, who fought with muskets in the Revolution and the Civil War, coursing through your veins, you should have the .most approved, up-to-date gun you can afford to buy, and so get either a lever- or pump-action, or better an auto-loading gun where all you have to do is to pull the trigger like an automatic pistol until the magazine is empty.
As I said before, the pump-action gun is far better than the lever-action gun, for your finger never leaves the trigger. And when it comes to the auto-loading gun it is my opinion that it will finally take the place of all the others. It is as safe as, if not safer than, any other style of gun, and for trap and wing shooting you can't beat it, for it places at your command six shots which can be fired one after another without shifting your position one iota. The auto-loading gun also has the advantage of taking up nearly all of the recoil that in other guns reaches the marksman's shoulder.
Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.
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