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I saw this posted on THR...the poster is "colorado handgunner".

I thought it deserved to be seen here too...it is well stated and 100% correct in my opinion...most of us have lost this very fulfilling aspect of firearms ownership...or at least lost sight of it.

I pulled out my old (literally) Remington 1100 shotgun tonight because I happened to realize it was in need of oiling and a wipe down.

Opening up the case and examining the gun, I saw the small specks of rust in the blueing, the scratches on the stock, and the wearing on the tip of the barrel. Some people would say I should take it to a gunsmith to be re-blued and refinished, but to me, each of those marks means something.

You see, this was my great grandfather's gun, which was passed down to my grandfather, and then to me. While neither of them are with us any longer, the gun still gives me a tie back to them.

I imagine the rust coming from when they took it out to the lake to go duck hunting, the scratch on the stock maybe from the antler of the buck they took down with it, and the wearing on the end of the barrel showing a favorite firearm chosen time and time again for our sport.

It is comforting how we can share our love and sporting use of firearms with our families down through the generations. A well maintained firearm will easily outlast us, and even our children, and is something we can take pride in passing through the generations.

With the current state of economic and political affairs, it seems that firearms are being held up as simply tools to protect oneself. Let us not forget the more practical use, the sharing of a passion and connection with those we love.
 

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Outstanding post!!! I am with you, it was well-written and probably a long time coming to get a perspective. This perspective can also be used to portray the "good side" of gun ownership and not give much to argue against.

Thanks for posting.
 

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My father's Browning shotgun is still in the family. It went to my oldest brother when he died which is very fitting. Reading this post, I would like to shoot it again, but I will have to fly to Arizona to do it.
 
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