The inspiration and thoughts gathering for this blog came after spending an afternoon on my farm with two friends who are both US Army veterans. One of them served in WWII and the other in Vietnam. I thanked them for their service and told them what the United States of America has meant to me because of guys like them. I did not ask questions because I do not know if there is a “place/area” they do not feel comfortable going back to. I opened my house to them and they opened their hearts. Stories flowed like crystal clear water in Wyoming creek in the summer afternoon. (It runs much faster in the afternoon because warm sun speeds up the melting process) . I will not get into specific details but let’s just say I will not have another bad day for a long time if ever. Hearing about their struggles in the respective conflicts always helps to put things into prospective. The conversation we had made me even prouder to be an American. And by the way November 4th is going to be my 20th anniversary of becoming US citizen.
There is so many America haters these days. I contribute this trend to President Obama’s attitude towards our country. When the leaders behave certain way, the masses follow. It is that way on sports teams, in business, family or government. We all know the issues of today and I am not going give any more attention to America haters than they’re already getting. I have two examples how to treat a flag.
November 1989. Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution is in progress and many other democratic changes are happening all over the Eastern Europe. Ronald Reagan’s conviction to defeat communism started to pay off for hundreds of millions of people. I was eighteen playing hockey for an army team(that previous July I entered mandatory two year military service starting with basic training) and was experiencing everything first hand. This is not “play by play” of those events. I just want to mention we waved our country’s flag everywhere we could, we put flag stickers every spot left open on cars, hockey helmets, buses etc. you get the point. We were proud of that flag. The flag united us all in honoring great past of the Czech lands and desiring even better future. The Czechoslovakia had the same flag under the communist rule and during Soviet occupation. We had the ability to separate in our minds people with bad intentions from country’s symbol. Communism comes and go but the flag represents what is great about the Czech lands. The people, the independence from oppressors, the beautiful mountains,rivers,cities,villages were all the good people proudly live and work for centuries. It will never be associated with several (it’s much easier to say now) decades of ill intentioned citizens hijacking the country for the benefit of very few. (By the way please read the last sentence one more time and then reflect on the direction the United States of America is going).
This example is not an opinion, it is a fact.
The other example of honoring the flag significance happened on the morning of most recent hurricane in Florida. Hurricane Matthew. I am out and about on my farm in early morning hours before the storm gets to our area. Making sure horses are safe, all lose objects are secured so they do not become projectiles and just making sure we are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. It is still dark. Suddenly I hear what sounds like motorcade driving by. I picked my head and trying to make out who is driving so fast and so well organized. The gaps between cars were exactly the same between all of close to twenty vehicles. Finally I recognized the Florida Highway Patrol “black and tan” markings. Black bottom half of the car and tan roof.
We live on fairly quiet road and the only time I saw this much traffic when the major state highway was closed so they had to detour some traffic by us.
My thoughts. Close to two million people were evacuated from the east coast of Florida(we live in fairly safe area from hurricane in the middle of the sate). But the troopers I saw that morning were speeding towards the dangers because they put others ahead of themselves. I believe their cruisers have the state of Florida decals and also American flag decals. Their uniform and their stations fly American flags along with Florida state flag.
That’s what the Old Glory means to me. Making the world better place putting others first. My two veteran friends did it, millions of others have and I try to in my own way.
I have many more great examples of what country’s flags represent but it’s not really that popular in today’s environment of self hating Americans. Media would much rather cover something far more negative.
It starts at the top and we don’t have much leadership to speak of because those people are in it for themselves.
Now I would like to get on topic that is far more fun. Bird hunting and proper or just the right gun for me or you. These are my experiences and you can take them into consideration if you want while looking for the next gun.
Couple years ago I was looking for new 20 ga over/under and add another 28 ga to my stock. Very difficult decision was made easy by friend’s suggestion to buy the Super Scroll Combo. I have written about it’s performance in last year’s duck and quail hunting articles. This is more about a reason or reasons why spend more money than you initially wanted but the investment pays off in a long run.
Buying a good field/target 20 ga over/under will cost you about thousand dollars. It will be a gun perfect in the woods or on the duck boat but not as perfect shooting clays. Same with the 28 ga but very likely more money. I do not know the reason why smaller gauge means more money but my guess is they do not manufacture as many so the cost of production is higher per piece. Now you are easily over two thousand dollars and still not quite happy because the field guns are little shorter and little lighter than you would like on target gun. The thought process continues to go on and on until you get yourself true target shotgun. Let’s say you got a great deal but spent minimum of another thousand dollars. I can make it very easy on you. Go to the CZ-USA website and check out the Super Scroll. Only if you are not opposed shooting clays with anything else than 12 gauge. I was until I shot this gun. 30 inch barrel,Prince of Wales grip, one receiver and one stock needed to be fitted. But two guns. The quality craftsmanship will make you want to drag it to your local club.
As the guys from DOG TV said: “Bobby has a pretty gun but it ain’t just pretty it shoots better than anything we saw him shoot before.”
I made a decision few weeks ago. I will take this gun hunting to as many places as I can. The plains of Nebraska for sharp tail grouse, quail in the desert of New Mexico, ducks in Louisiana, pheasants in Kansas or blue grouse high up in the mountains of Wyoming. Any bird any where as long as you limit your shots to those two available gauges this gun is just pure fun. Sometimes taking a chance on something that you think is out of reach can be very rewarding.
Super Scroll has rewarded me with accuracy like no other shotgun, extreme comfort carrying it in the field or the attention it gets in the clubhouse.