MidwayUSA Releases Larry’s Short Stories #138

MidwayUSA Releases Larry's Short Stories #138 - How Many Shotguns Does One Man Need?
MidwayUSA Releases Larry’s Short Stories #138 – How Many Shotguns Does One Man Need?

Columbia, MO -(AmmoLand.com)- MidwayUSA is excited to announce the release of “How Many Shotguns Does One Man Need?” a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.

“Some of my fondest memories are the hunting and fishing stories Dad and my uncles shared with us kids back then – generally around the wood stove, and other times in the field,” said Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA. “Unfortunately, it was pure and simple storytelling, so all I have are the memories. Now, as a father and grandfather and having hunted and fished all my life, I am taking the time to write down some of my own stories – for the enjoyment of my children, grandchildren, friends and Customers. These are all real stories that I participated in, nothing is made up; and I write them purely for your enjoyment.”

Read “How Many Shotguns Does One Man Need?” here: http://media.midwayusa.com/cms/larrys-stories/2016_1/138_how-many-shotguns-does-one-man-need.pdf.

by Larry Potterfield

How Many Shotguns Does One Man Need?

Once in awhile this comes up as a serious question; and of course a serious question deserves a serious answer.

To put things in perspective, remember that I’m a hunter, a shooter and a gun collector; I like guns and like to pull the trigger — on game birds or clay pigeons. Trap, skeet, sporting clays, ducks, geese, pigeons, crows, doves, quail, rabbits, turkeys, pheasant and partridge are all interesting.

Now, a man could do all his shooting and hunting with a modern, 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun, with interchangeable choke tubes; but for me that would be pretty boring — only one shotgun. To be fair, most of my shotguns do serve multiple purposes. Sometimes I shoot skeet and sporting clays with the same over/under; or the same side-by-side is chosen for a variety of different game birds.

When there’s an opportunity to shoot sporting clays or skeet, I always give thought as to which shotgun to take. It will always be an over/under or a side-by-side; and often it’s a 12 gauge. On other occasions it might be a 20, a 28 or a 410 — depending on the weather, the competition and how I feel at the time. For trap, I like a pump gun or a dedicated single barrel trap shotgun.

Bird shooting sometimes causes me to compromise; typically I like to be able to select the choke/load each time there’s a flush or a flight of birds. This requires two triggers, which for me means a side-by-side; but sometimes I compromise and use a single trigger over/under on doves, pheasant and crows — just to enjoy shooting that particular gun. My turkey gun is a pump, and I’ve also shot a little trap with it and some ducks, geese and crows.

In addition to the design, make and model of a shotgun, a man needs to think about gauge. I’ve shot quail and pheasants with both twelve and twenty gauge, but also a few with the 28 gauge and 410. Mostly I prefer the 28 gauge for clay targets, while the 410 is great for rabbits and sometimes doves. If a man gets a chance to shoot driven partridge or grouse, then a matched pair of Purdeys are in order.

In going through my vault, there are just a few that I really need; but none of the rest are for sale!

To read the rest of Larry’s Short Stories, please visit http://www.midwayusa.com/larrys-stories.

About MidwayUSA:

Both country kids from Missouri, Larry and Brenda Potterfield turned their passion for shooting sports into a career by opening a small gun shop in 1977 that would eventually become MidwayUSA (http://www.midwayusa.com). They instilled family values like honesty, integrity and respect for others into the business, and strive to maintain this culture with each Employee added to their growing team. For over 38 years, MidwayUSA has maintained an unyielding focus on Customer Satisfaction and continues to offer JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING for Shooting, Hunting and the Outdoors.

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