My brother, Eric, contacted me recently about taking some photos of a shotgun he’s been holding onto. It’s a Winchester Model 21 side by side that belonged to our grandfather in Pennsylvania many years ago. It was passed down to our dad and eventually to Eric about ten years back. He has memories of our grandfather taking him hunting with it when he was a kid, which I think is pretty cool. As such, he wanted some photos of a gun as beautiful as it is and with so much personal significance. I suggested that we go and fire it because I thought that that would make for some great photos beyond a few simple shots of the gun on its own.
The gun is a collectors item and in excellent condition. Eric babies it and this was his first time shooting it in many years. We went down to the local gun range prepared to deal with uptight rule enforcers but were instead met with a bunch of really friendly guys. They loved checking out the gun and were very helpful. Billy, the range master in most of these photos, was particularly accommodating. As Eric said, he was very informative (especially to us newcomers) without being condescending. I was allowed behind the firing line to take photos and even out onto the range for a bit while the gun was unloaded. I took a short turn with the gun after Eric. It was my first time firing a shotgun and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Eric grabbed my camera and took a few shots, some of which I used. I love the one of me from my left side. We had such a good time that we made it back a week later to do it again with our little brother, Chris, and have plans to go again in a couple more weeks.
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