We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Now that is how a flag should wave. Speaking in terms of heraldry or signalling, I think the Maple Leaf appears much more distinctive than the old Dominion flag. There is little chance of mistaking it for anything other than Canadian.
Hope you have excellent results on your trip Gwynnie. It is still very clear and dry in BC.
In that photo, and in that light, the Maple Leaf looks quite nice. Still, nothing can match the beauty of the old Dominion flag... well, if I weren't a Yank and lived north of 49 degrees, I know which one I would fly. :-)
Have been recently introduced to skeet/trap sport shooting. Would like any information that would help me to look for a gun that will be comfortable for a shorter gal (5'2). Also, I am not sure how to choose the roll (the curve on the top of the stock). Any information will be much appreciated
What BD says. It is a very personal thing, like getting fitted for a suit of clothes. The easiest and most productive way is to simply go to a gun club, get to know people, and try a variety of lady's/youth shotguns in 12 and 20. Try semi-autos as well. Don't be swayed by what is fashionable or what people tell you is the right choice. When you find what you want, you'll know it.
870 is moderately-priced (high value), flexible, indestructible, smooth as butter, high safety factor, any gunsmith knows it well (look at the numbers sold), is great-looking and pleasing to operate.
A 20 won't nip quite as many targets as a 12 (with like ammo, throws just as far but with less shot) but even men a foot taller get sore shooting anything but the lightest loads thru a 12, so you oughtta shoot a few boxes of 12 before you pass on the 20.
Eagle Lake, TX, where my dad was born, styles itself "the goose hunting capital of the world" (small towns & their C ofC slogans, huh?), but, there used to be a lot of long-barrel 10 gauge "goose guns" around there. Boy, those things, with a magnum load, would jar yo teeth out. Not really that much fun to shoot, when you're a hundred-pound kid, as I recall.
Woo-ee. Sounds like you need to mount it on a swivel on the gunwale of your duck boat. I can feel my retinas detaching just thinking about it. I can't imagine doing it as a little kid.
Both guns I patterned today are Ithacas- a 37 turkey gun in 12 gauge and an upland 37 in 16. Nitro makes decent turkey loads in 16, the only ones that I know of. Less kick than the 12, with about the same reach as a 2 3/4" 12 gauge load. Good to, say, 25 yards max.
I carved a new stock for the 16 myself, so it fits me great, though it took nearly a year. My first stock. I ruined one blank and this was the second one. Second time was a charm. The wood is nearly done. I finished it in tung oil, which makes it nearly matte. And I had the thing re-blued, also matte. So no shine to spook those toms, yet traditional. My anti-camouflage camouflage, as it were. I draw the line at checkering, though. Too scary. There is a delightful lady down in Oregon named Sherry Abraham who does great work and I'll probably send it to her. There was a famous stockmaker and checkerer named Leonard Mews active in the 40s and 50s whose work is featured in the well-known Monty Kennedy checkering book. I want her to use his Ithaca pattern as inspiration:
arrrg--I can't even imagine trying to checker a finished stock. Seen too many busted lay attempts in the old guns. those Ithacas are might nice--love to see the old-timey finish (as you say if you can keep it).
Naw, the goose hunting along in there is dry land. It's the rice fields, so 'dry' is just a category. Wear your white coveralls or somesuch, arrange yourself 'still' among decoys preferably near ponds, and try to call 'em down from their high overhead V formations. yes, those old long barrel 10s would probably roll a duck boat, LOL.
As Buddy says, nothing whatever wrong with an 870. A very tough and simple gun that comes plain (Express) or a bit fancier (Wingmaster), in right or left hand, and with countless aftermarket products so you can customize it pretty much any way you want. It is a good first shotgun. The finish on the economy Express model is not the best however, and you want to clean it carefully after each use and keep it lightly oiled. There are many companies that apply weather resistant coatings to firearms and you may want to do this with an Express, especially if you plan to be out in bad weather or around water. But try a whole bunch of guns first before you buy.