Well Mick, in my opinion everyone should own at least one old Bang Stick.zunmik wrote:Looking very good I've never owned older rifles always been pistols perhaps something I should consider, M.
It caused quite a few people to think about things in a bit of perspective, the rifle is over a hundred and five years old, I can "ring the bell" with it. If your heart is in shooting and the history and traditions of shooting (not all of them, some of the "traditions" are a bit odious in my opinion) there is nothing nicer than the idea of competing against other, much more technical equipment. Ian Jones recounted a story to me recently, he was competing in a Field Target competition with such a gun and he called for quiet on the line after a couple of "dink's" but after quiet he knocket the target down first shot. Next guy up - Leupold Scope, custom rig, missed. He quietly whispered to Ian - "I just can't face getting up !"
Think about that, one guy is competiong against another, the scope alone on one competitors rig cost FIVE times more than the others complete get up.
It's not about the kit, it's about the sport. The moment it becomes more important to have the latest and greatest, stop and reflect.