Carhartt makes coats and jackets very much like Bill's old coat. Bill's has a game pouch on the back. I have a Carhartt coat, it was my buddy Ronnie's. After Ronnie died his daughter said she'd washed it 2 times and wanted me to have it. So, it's here on the rack. It's insulated and has a hood, pockets on the inside and out. It's faded some and has a lot of miles on it, but I figure it'll do me out. It's heavy in a way, but it's warm.
I want to tell you this about Bill, he's told me this story probably a dozen times. Years ago Bill had a Winchester Model 12, 12 gauge. The Model 12 is a pump gun, that's been in service for years and years! Bill gave the gun to his son, and his son traded it off.
I honestly don't know excatly why Bill quit hunting? I think part of it was his job, and the property where he hunted, kind of changed hands. Long story short, he gave his Model 12 to his son.
The other day when we were sitting in the car, Bill started telling me about his Dad. I don't remember his father, not sure if we had ever met? Anyway, Bill said that his Dad and a bunch of his friends would go out and drive deer.
I started putting 2 and 2 together, and I asked Bill: Now that Model 12 that you gave you boy and he traded off, wasn't your Dad's gun was it? I can't quote Bill, but he said something like this: Hell yes, I gave him Dad's gun and he traded it off for a damned old muzzloader! Bill said that was one of the dumbest things that he's ever done in his life.
Bill is mad at himself. He's pissed!
But you know, that should be just common sense. The unwritten rule. If someone in your family or a close friend gives you something, they expect you to use it and take care of it the best you can. One thing for sure, they expect you to keep it.
But in this case, to take your Granddad's gun out and trade it or sell it. That's just stupid.
I've said this before, people have and own stuff, and don't have a clue as to what it's worth. But his son got burnt. To trade off a Model 12, for a blackpowder cap & ball gun. Who knows what the M12 was worth?
Bill's brother that gave him the Model 1200, he probably doesn't realize the value of his Christmas gift. No, it's not Pap's old M12, but Bill is back out in the woods, and he'll have a lot of enjoyment with his new gun.