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Thoughts and Prayers

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by JShirley, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. BigBore44

    BigBore44 Senior Member

    Feb 11, 2013
    One of the amazing things about a man like Dave is that I had absolutely no clue who he was, and was not a member when he passed. Yet his teachings are reaching people (me) right now. His legacy lives on. Immortal in the hearts of those who knew him. And immortalized in his written words. Can anyone really ask for more after they pass?

  2. Nickelplate

    Nickelplate New Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    Washington DC Area
    A Man Like No Other

    Dave selflessly coached me at the 5-stand at the Prince George's Trap and Skeet center in Maryland when I started out with a new 870 express in 2010. At 30 years of age, I was new to gun ownership and had only shot a few times prior. I had very little firearms experience or knowledge.

    Dave took me under his wing and started me down the right path as though he were my uncle or grandfather. He gave me advice and encouragement. He inspired in me an enthusiasm and drive to better hone my skills. I only interacted with him half-a-dozen or so weekends at the range but it felt as though I knew him for years.

    I learned more than just about shotguns from him. He taught me firearm and range etiquette, how to carry one's self, and showed by example how to handle those who are less than admirable or respectful.

    Now, after upgrading to a Beretta O/U and practicing his mantra of BA/UU/R, I'm glad to say I'm regularly dusting over 22 and occasionally busting 25 of 25 at the trap stations.

    He will be sorely missed and forever in my heart.
  3. Mr. T

    Mr. T Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    My family and I will add him to our evening prayers. God Bless Dave and the McCracken family!

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