Today’s video clip is Dave answering the question “What was your first gun?” Mine was my dad’s Browning A-5 Light 12, with a 26-inch barrel topped with a Poly Choke. With it I shot my first deer, duck, pheasant, quail, snipe, woodcock, rabbit and dove, as well as one wild turkey. It was fairly beaten up when I got it, and no better looking after I hunted with it for a few years. Early in my writing career and in need of money, I sold it to a friend who wanted a project gun to refurbish. He had it refinished, reblued and bought a new barrel for it. It looks great today, and probably resides in his gun safe.
All the time I had that gun, I never noticed the kick and the odd feel of the barrel moving back and forth under recoil because I didn’t have anything to compare it to. Now I find shooting A-5s a jolting and unpleasant experience compared to the gas guns I’ve grown accustomed to. I will always be fond of A-5s and I’m occasionally tempted to buy another, but I still haven’t. So, like Dave, I loved my first gun, sold it, and don’t particularly regret letting it go.