Desperado: Back in the Saddle


by William Crisp


Several times I have written about my ol’ 16 gauge shotgun, “Desperado.” The quick catch-up story is that Desperado was a hand-me- down Springfield side-by-side that I fell in love with despite its ugly appearance and disdainful flaws from our first hunting trip together back in 1991. It was a great bird gun and companion. On a pheasant trip out west, circa 2009, the stock fell apart. Then my son, Nick and I spent years finding replacement parts for it and scratching a new stock out of walnut.

Last winter we had finished the gun, or got it close enough to hunt with but the season was over.



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