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Old Yesterday, 11:13 AM   #1
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Special day-special gun

Today is the opening day of dove season in Ky.and I'm 54 years old. As I approach middle ageI can't help but feel a little bit nostalgic and remember my friend Jimmy Lloyd.

He was retired and spent his days sitting on the porch with his dad who seemed ancient,when I met him. A lifelong bachelor,Jimmy Lloyd was never shy of opinion. We became fast friends in 1985 when I moved in next door. Many hours were spent with the three of us, Jimmy Lloyd, his dad and me "porch sitting". He smoked his pipe,and we solved the world's problems.

When he was a younger man he played football at the University of Ky. He held the record for the longest run from scrimmage for many years. He also enjoyed hunting small game with his Belgian Browning A5 12 ga. That gun sat unused for twenty years and I pestered him constantly about selling it to me. No chance.

I got married, started a family and moved away.It's hard to believe almost thirty years have passed. Jimmy Lloyd's father just missed living in three centuries when he died.

Jimmy Lloyd sat on the porch alone for a few years. We got back to see him from time to time and then some friends called with the sad news. My buddy was dying from cancer in the hospital. He had fought it for years but it finally caught up to him.They said he wanted to see me before he died.

His goodbye was simple and to the point. "Jim" he said," I've lived a good long life and I am ready to go, but before I die I'm gonna give you that shotgun you always wanted. Should have done it years ago. The only thing is when you use it I want you to remember me and our friendship."

The field is ready. I can see the doves coming and going.My son should be here by lunch and all the other hunters by 3:00. I' m looking forward, as always, to the joking and laughter, and the hunt itself. I'll be in my usual spot with my old dog June , and my Browning A5, and memories of my good friend Jimmy Lloyd.

I miss you buddy.

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Old Yesterday, 12:39 PM   #2
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Hope you have a fine hunt Sir.
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Old Yesterday, 12:45 PM   #3
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Thanks! Time to make tomorrow's memories.
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Old Yesterday, 02:55 PM   #4
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Yep, I hope you have a good hunt. Enjoy today as well as the memories.
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Old Yesterday, 04:54 PM   #5
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Sometimes, with guns given to me by others than have since passed, I swear I feel their hand on the forearm at times, helping me aim.

Great story to go with a great gun. I hope that in the future, the next owner/owners will know it's story and the the story/stories that followed before they got it.
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Old Yesterday, 06:38 PM   #6
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First rate story. Enjoy your memories as well as the gun that you received from your friend. Thank you for sharing it with us.
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Old Yesterday, 08:14 PM   #7
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A great gun with great memories, just wow
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Old Yesterday, 08:29 PM   #8
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Thanks for the kind thoughts everybody.I have given a lot of thought to what will happen to my own collection when I no longer have use for them.
I intend to leave my son whatever guns I have that are special to him. There are others that I hope to give away to someone who is just getting started. I think it's a great way to pay it forward.

We had a great hunt. Hope the rest of you have/ do as well.
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Old Yesterday, 08:31 PM   #9
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Thank you! Great story! Have a good hunt!
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Old Yesterday, 08:42 PM   #10
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Great story! That type of gift is always the most treasured! I am willing to bet each time you pull the trigger you will think of him.
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Old Yesterday, 10:18 PM   #11
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Good story indeed. I wish you a good hunt.
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Old Yesterday, 10:29 PM   #12
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Great story. As a relative young'n, I appreciate you sharing it with us. More than a few good life lessons I can take from it as I become seasoned by the years.
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Old Yesterday, 10:31 PM   #13
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A good and touching story.
Hope you limit out!
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Old Yesterday, 11:12 PM   #14
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Right now there are six 12 ga. guns in my safe. I will be on a hunt on Sept. 6 and I will use a Winchester sxs that belonged to my father in law. I've used that gun for the past five years.

With that said, I really appreciate your story about your friend. I know you miss him and will always remember him every time you see that A-5 in your hand.

Fond memories...the sad part and the best part of life.

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Old Yesterday, 11:14 PM   #15
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Haven't been on this site for a while....but that way the perfect way to get back on! Great story, very heartfelt.
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Old Today, 10:35 AM   #16
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Sounds like it's up to you to bag a couple of doves. One each for Jimmy and his dad.
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Old Today, 11:32 AM   #17
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Thank you for the enjoyable read. Happy Birthday!, too. I got a kick out of "as I approach middle age..." hahaha... good attitude.

Looking forward to hearing of the hunt. How about a picture of the A5?

Thanks again.

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