LIKES THE 16 GAUGE GUN
I am always glad when the first of the month comes, because I am sure that there is something coming to read, which I consider one of the best of any hunting or outdoor magazine which I have ever read and that is Fur News. It makes my sporting blood boil to read of the experiences of the old times and of the narrow escapes some of them have had.
The first gun I ever owned was a single barrel Hopkins & Allen 12 gauge shotgun. This \vas a good shooting gun until I loaned it to a fellow sportsman and when he returned it the barrel was two inches shorter. He had fallen down and got some mud into the barrel and then fired, which cracked it so that two inches had to be taken off. After this you almost wanted to lean against a tree to shoot it, there was such a recoil. I then got a double-barrel shotgun and later got a double-barrel 16 gauge Ithaca shotgun, and believe me, it is worth its weight in gold to me. When I got this gun the hunters in my town made fun of me and said I could not get anything but sparrows with that gun. I told them I would show them when the law came off of ducks and I did. I gut six ducks the first night and there was only one fellow on the pond that got more than 1 and he had a 12 gauge automatic. Since that time I got mine there has been about a dozen hunters sold their 12 gauges and replaced thee with 16 gauges. I have always had the best of luck with mine, having shot about every thing from a sparrow to a good-sized fox, 121 do not find it very hard to get my share of game. For game we have ducks, partridge woodchuck, quail, pheasants, grey squirrels, and rabbits.
Joseph E. Branigac,
Worcester Co., Mass.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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