It hasn’t been that long, though, when wild quail were everywhere across the South, and quail hunting was the sport of regular guys. The gun to shoot was one of these: a 20-gauge Winchester Model 12. This one has a 25-inch barrel with no choke at all, just a pure cylinder bore for wide open patterns in the brush. It’s a light gun, and with a short, ribless barrel, it is very muzzle light and fast. It’s not an easy gun for the likes of me to shoot, but in the right hands it’s as deadly a gun for quail in the thickets as you can find.