Here is mine…


I was 12 and my brother and two cousins were 10 and 8 years old when grandfather was telling the story about shooting the bear that became the rug at his house.

We listened in amazement to a story that seemed to grow in the telling.  As the eldest, I remember holding some skepticism about the details.

When the story was over, I asked, “What was it like to shoot a rifle?”

Grandfather jumped out of his chair, disappeared to the closet and returned wirh the U.S. Eddystone Arsenal Model of 1917 .30-06, saying, “Let’s go!”.

The five of us piled into the car and headed off to the TVA reservior.

Two rounds each from the bolt action war rifle and we KNEW what it was like!

Grandfather left a legacy of experience in each of us that day.


PBS is soliciting Gun Stories – right here – dealing with guns, with an eye toward an HBO documentary — self defense, crime, how a person got interested. Just starting out.

h/t Of Arms and the Law

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