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Whose Shotgun Would You Want?

My mom bagged this ruffed grouse with her first shot using grandpa's Citori.

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?

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

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4 Responses to “Whose Shotgun Would You Want?”

  1. Joann says:

    I do love my Dad’s gun. We made lots of memories hunting and fishing together over the years. First as a child with my brothers,Dad and Grandparents. Then with my Dad, husband and kids. And now with my husband,sons,daughter-in-laws and grandchildren. Each generation ads to the fun and memories.

  2. DJ Williams says:

    My 1st shotgun was a Worthington Special 16 ga. S/S with long English stock that my grandfather willed to me. It is the best Grouse gun I have ever shot.

    I also own A Belgian Browning Superposed 12 ga. O/U in Skeet/Skeet. It also has tubes for .410, 28 and 20 ga. This is the most versatile gun I have ever owned. I shoot skeet and hunt with it for various game…matching the ga.

    My next shotgun will be a Custom Benelli 12 ga. Semi-Auto from their Performance Shop.

  3. CDY says:

    In 1954 grand dad purchased a used Baker Batavia Special for me.That 9 1/2 lb 12ga has taken many a bird and rabbit and remains in good condition at age 103.
    Today this old guy finds it easier to carry a 5 1/2 lb Franchi 20ga o/u
    or his Fausti 28ga DEA.
    Age dictates sentiment as well as functionality.

  4. Personally, I’m more into the tactical side of things. But, for the pure pleasure of hunting game I think the Remington or Winchesters are always a good choice. Congrats to your mom on the ruffed grouse!


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