Model 21

We used to have a Thanksgiving bird hunt every year when I lived in Massachusetts. My father was the one who started this tradition, though he sadly abandoned it under the self- inflicted burden of his work and company. I think this duck hunting image was from one of these hunts. Notice the Model 21 Heavy Duck gun, which he later sold as “too heavy”. They were not yet quite prohibitively expensive, though shot by the likes of Hemingway and Jack O’Connor; they are now. The specimen below, almost identical to Dad’s, is going for $8995 at CSMC.

I can’t help but think the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree… having an artist- sportsman for a father creates some odd obsessions.

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