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I was raised in a small, West Texas farming community back in the 60s and 70s. My grandfather had plowed with mules and horses until the depression era. He later, bought a couple of Farmall Regulars in the 30s when he could afford them. He passed away in 1972, and my uncle ended up with his guns. He had been a renouned marksman in his early years, and even after his death, old men would still talk about things he had done, and his marksmanship. I had been told of a 'crooked barreled' gun he had owned, but had never heard the story or even seen the gun. On a visit back home a few weeks ago, my uncle told me the story of the gun. In the late 1890s or early 1900s, my great-grandfather bought 3 identical shotguns for his three boys. They were 12 guage, long barreled single shot guns manufactured by Iver Johnsons' Gun and Cycle works. My grandfather used to carry his gun on the horse-drawn equipment, to shoot a rabbit for lunch, as the fields were a long way from home, and the days were long. He apparently got the gun caught up in the plow one day, and they had to cut some 8 inches off the barrel. My uncle also stated that the barrel was crooked in another place as well, but it was still used for many years that way. He did say however, that it kicked like a mule, and recalls when he was a boy getting knocked down a few times himself while fireing the gun. My uncle ended up giving me the firearm before I returned to Williams, and will cherish it as one of my favorite possessions, along with my antique tractor collection, of course.

Jerry Pevehouse, Az, entered 2008-05-01
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