I’ve always been intrigued by older shotguns and have inherited numerous examples, some good others not so good. Several older male family members have proudly presented me with old “heirlooms” that grandpa or great-grandfather fought off the Yankees/Rebels/Indians with. God bless ’em.
Two good examples from Dad – a Winchester Model 12 in 16 gague (with dreadful vari-choke) and my favorite double gun, a Winchester Model 24 in 12 gague. Not fancy, but good examples of heirlooms. A bit of a pain to buy shells for the M12 with its short chamber, but I don’t shoot it much so I can deal with it.
Two bad examples from relatives – a Belgian knock-off of a Westley Richards “from the Civil War.” Ugh. Under it, a Central Arms held together, in part, by black electrical tape. Why do I still have two guns I wouldn’t even think of hanging on the wall? True, they were given to me and I don’t want to offend my great Uncles, but you’d better believe next time the State has another “gun buyback” I’ll have two Junkers to add to the pile.