Inheritance

Drew

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A good friend of mine was moving into a retirement home and selling his house and many possessions and asked me to come over to see if there was anything I wanted. He had some 12 gauge ammo that was purchased in the 1960's, several gun cleaning kits that he wanted to give me and the he pulled out a 1949 A5 that he gave me. His Dad bought it for him when he was 12 and he hunted until he couldn't go anymore. It was in pretty rough shape. After replacing a few very rough pieces it will be a very serviceable shotgun. Then my father inlaw passed away and he had a gun safe full of guns. He didn't hunt but for some reason he collected some odd ones. A M1 Garand, a WWI 10 gauge trench gun and an 1892 32-32 Winchester. I cleaned it up and it actually is in pretty good shape. I also got a 1950 Savage 22 Hornet that has been beaten to hell but the action seems pretty clean.

The circle of life was good to me this last week.
 

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32-32 Winchester

My Great Grandfather had one of those. I think it was a 32 Special. He actually used it to deer hunt until he died in 2006. He would bring that thing in and a .270 with a scope into his stand for years. If the deer was within 50 yards, he used the 32 Special (open sights).

My Uncle has that gun now. Don't think he ever plans to use it.
 
I had an old friend in his late 80’s that I hunted with. He loved to see my dogs point roosters and he killed a couple the last time we hunted together. He was 87 at that time and told me he wanted me to have his old Belgium Browning A-5 12 gauge since his kids didn’t hunt and wanted nothing to do with hunting or fishing. It was a prized possession and meant a lot to him since his wife had bought it for him when they first married.
We talked on the phone every month or so, mostly about hunting and fishing and when he could come up from KC. He called one night to tell me he was in hospice and had me talk to his son about me getting his old A-5. His son took my name, address and phone number and promised he would let me know when his dad died. I heard him promise his dad that he would get me that shotgun but I never heard from him again. He didn’t even notify me when the old fellow died. The next time I called, the phone was disconnected. That gun would have had some sentimental value to me but it was well worn and not particularly valuable. I hope it ended up in the possession of a family member and not in a pawn shop.
 
My “new” Browning Light 12 A5. A friend moved into a retirement home and gave me this shotgun. It looked like he put it away wet. Several the action spring, pin and housing that fits into the butt stock were completely rusted (gone). After a few new parts and a lot of cleaning it is a functional gun again. I took it down to the range and shot a few rounds of skeet with it without any mishaps. So it will be back in service, killing birds this fall. IMG_0127.jpeg
 
Well crap you now have me thinking of what I should do with my guns when I pass. There's a safe full of good deals, mistakes, and just plane what was I thinking along with some heavily used ones. I do have a Winchester 30-30 that I bought from an old guy on the street when I first entered college(69) that might be worth something. No kids and the nephews have gone their own way. I guess I will try not to think about it.
 
I've heard the stories before where a deathbed wish is completely ignored. Write it in paper, or do it while you still can.
 
Well crap you now have me thinking of what I should do with my guns when I pass. There's a safe full of good deals, mistakes, and just plane what was I thinking along with some heavily used ones. I do have a Winchester 30-30 that I bought from an old guy on the street when I first entered college(69) that might be worth something. No kids and the nephews have gone their own way. I guess I will try not to think about it.
I’m your huckleberry
 
when I say huckleberry, it means give me your guns cause I’m a cool guy!!!
 

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Well crap you now have me thinking of what I should do with my guns when I pass. There's a safe full of good deals, mistakes, and just plane what was I thinking along with some heavily used ones. I do have a Winchester 30-30 that I bought from an old guy on the street when I first entered college(69) that might be worth something. No kids and the nephews have gone their own way. I guess I will try not to think about it.
My oldest son who hunts is left handed, so many of my right handed guns don't do him a bit of good. I've decided that he will get my O/U and lever actions and If I have some grandkids before I pass, I will put aside a few guns for them. My nephews will likely get nothing. They don't call or invite me to hunt and I've been good to them over the years but it is what it is. Their choice.

My son has a friend who helps me pack out elk meat when I call him and he calls me frequently to talk hunting. He called last week excited to tell me about the quail he saw that morning. He got a new job and will have the time and money to go out and hunt with me this fall. I've decided that I'm going to set aside a few guns for him. He isn't family but my guns would get used and I think he would appreciate them. That is enough for me.
 
I’ve given this a lot of thought over the years for some reason. I have been blessed both with an understanding wife and a generous step dad and have acquired way more firearms then I would have ever imagined and will eventually get most of what my step dad still has at his place. I have told my wife to something is to happen to me unexpectedly that my best friend/hunting partner can have what ever he wants out of the safes. Knowing him he probably won’t take a single gun quite honestly but I hope he does. Then any she wants to give to nieces or nephews is fine. After that have my buddy to sell the balance for her that she or our daughter don’t want.

If things play out as I hope I will someday have a son in law and potentially grandkids to pass some of the guns to that have family history. Then in my retirement slowly sell off the excess guns as I no longer need them.
 
That "10ga" trench gun (assuming rem mod 10 12ga?) sounds like a fun pheasant gun! Cyl bore little short gun would be a riot
 
Alaskan swamp collies: "No kids and the nephews have gone their own way. I guess I will try not to think about it." Same here. Trying to figure out who to give my rollie to so it's not on my wrist when the emts come for my body haha. Then there's the house. Asked my cousins if anyone wants it; no takers. This rural area has a medical foundation that collects donations and uses the money to keep our little hospital up-to-date, supplement doctor salaries and benefits, etc., to ensure that we have modern medical care. Maybe the foundation will get the house.

How not about guns is this? ;)
 
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I think at least one of my nephews will hunt.I have a nephew who is 10,and hope to get him a bird this year.I have a niece who probably won't hunt. My family has never hunted big game,except my great grand mother got a huge mule deer west of anaconda in the 30s,and I have yhat head mount.
 
Alaskan swamp collies: "No kids and the nephews have gone their own way. I guess I will try not to think about it." Same here. Trying to figure out who to give my rollie to so it's not on my wrist when the emts come for my body haha. Then there's the house. Asked my cousins if anyone wants it; no takers. This rural area has a medical foundation that collects donations and uses the money to keep our little hospital up-to-date, supplement doctor salaries and benefits, etc., to ensure that we have modern medical care. Maybe the foundation will get the house.

How not about guns is this? ;)
Now that is not a bad idea. I was gonna leave some to the Golden Retriever Club. Maybe expand on that idea.
 
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