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GUNS Magazine October 2010 - Page 46

N ot every undertaking turns out all that well. Indeed, some are best forgotten and unreported. One way to increase the odds of a favorable outcome is to practice first, which will usually give you a fighting chance in the main event. Unmanly as this may seem (akin to asking directions), your wallet and reputation will often thank you. missions about the old home place. No self-respecting farmer in my neck of the woods ever sortied on the ol’ Massey Ferguson without some sort of firearm. The couple I knew best as a kid seemed preternaturally preoccupied with worries about 2-legged varmints, so they carried ratty S&W revolvers in the tractor tool boxes, usually wrapped in an old sock or tattered gun rug. Another I recall, sensibly more worried about groundhogs bent on destroying the foundations of every barn in the county, armed himself with a Marlin .22 auto of decidedly shady aspect. Hamilton S. Bowen So, with a couple of the resident Mannlicher carbines in want of stock refinishing, it seemed the better part of valor to practice on an expendable gun first to get the stock finish and stain color right. A good rummaging in the shop corners uncovered a mangy Marlin M57M .22 WRM lever rifle, the perfect victim for such an enterprise. The stock was cracked and had some chunks missing. Well, one thing led to another and pretty soon it looked like we might just have the makings of a fine “tractor” rifle on our hands, just the ticket for arming the Kubota for bush-hogging 46 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • OCTOBER 2010

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