I should add a Remington 870 Wingmaster to my collection, that really is a good looking shotgun.
I'll answer that for him. Yes! If you look up southern gentleman in the dictionary there should be a picture of Jim Porter.A question you don't need to answer if you don't want too. Would you have done the same thing if he had won?
Congrats on the win and any win is still a win.
Jim, you’re a good man and I’ve always enjoyed conversing with you. There were two true sportsmen on that field Sunday.I tied a gentleman for B class doubles last Sunday.
Shoot off- I started on post 2, he started on 4. I missed the second target on post 3 and he missed one on 5.
He missed a pair on two, and I knew that if I could clear post 5 I had it---I did Score 19/17
I carried a high rib Kolar with all the adjustments, Wenig fitted stock, Rad Reducer, release pull triggers, screw in chokes, and purpose loaded for doubles shells. All the advantages I could find.
He carries a plain field stocked, fixed rib, fixed choke, REMINGTON WING MASTER pump--with. I guess Walmart shelf shells--and the 17 targets he shot simply dissapeared!
When it was over, he walked over shook my hand and said congratulations and it was fun shooting with you.
He didn't say--If I had a better doubles gun--If I had more appropriate choke selection---If I could adjust anything--better shells--and for sure, If we had swapped guns and gone again, it would have been different---NO---He just smiles and congratulated me
I took the trophy but in my estimation he won a bigger one--RESPECT--- from me (for sure) and the few people who were watching. He exemplifies what our sport SHOULD be about. We should all follow his lead.
The calling BS on beating my average almost works. But the only person that I worry about is me. I have counted birds and won and I have counted birds and lost. Do I know when I am at or over average no doubt about it yes. If I at that point I can stay in focus then I bring it home. But beating my average puts me in an "I Beat myself place!" Which is a kind of happy place to be! Win lose or another draw beating myself as in beating my average makes my smile bigger and my handshake firmer, especially when I have become the last loser. I was there to have fun and I am getting back out there to have fun! The results in no way hurt the fun! It is being there! That counts!Resounding YES!! If the situation was reversed, I would have met him with a smile and handshake.
All my shooting career I have held that when I go to a field, I shoot to win. I have a long time shooting bud who says "I don't shoot against anybody..just MY averages" I call B.S. on him! I shoot to WIN ---And in the same breath, I hold and DO tell everyone that if you win--NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE--- I will meet you with a smile and hand shake and an HONEST congratulation.
Always Have, Always Will!