death of a family member
Well i just put to rest my grandfather. (aka Papa) 85 years of age. I sit here and remember all the things he told me and taught me over the years. The sound i love the most is the sound i hate. Thats the sound of a gun, love it, but when they do the 21 gun volly it hirts the most. Papa was in WWII. He was on the USS John Rogers. This boat was one of the most decorated ships in US history. Papa taught me most of what i know today about guns. He was a jack of all trades but a master of none. My mother has the 45 Kentucky long rifle that he built. Still to this day it has yet to be fired. It will stay that way.I have a cherry stock that he sent out years ago to weatherby to have shaped to fit an 1903 springfield rifle. He did about 6 of thease gun over the years. I remember a day that i went to visit him about 4 years ago ... He asked me if i had an 03 rifle . I said yes. He reaches on the top shelf and pulls down this stock all rough cut.Blows of years of woodworking dust. Looks at me and tells me that "it was a cherry tree they had in the back yard." Then looks at me and asks " how much something like this go for thiese days?" I replied a few hundred $. Looks down at the stock then at me and with a grin he tell me "Give me the $20.00 i spent to have it done back in the day and its yours." I handed that man that 20 with pride! I had started on it but long sence put it away. I was wanting to have it done before he passed but time just never let me. So i now will make that time!!! I have a gun that he did some stock work to. He was very proud of it. As well as i am!! I have that gun and still shoot it. I will say this... I am very happy that i did make the time 3 weeks ago to go see him. But i did not spend the time i should have. But as i get my butt in gear to do the stock and fit the gun i will post it here for all to see. But as well to all them dads, grandfathers, and grandsons please spend as much time as you can teaching and learning. I missed out on more then i can bare to think of.
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