It wasn't easy, but it was...
This weekend I will be handing over my first 3.5 inch magnum shotgun to a new owner. Part of me hates getting rid of firearms, but the other part of me knew it was time.
I bought the Benelli Nova many moons ago when I was just a bright-eyed promising student of the University of Maine. After winning a Mossberg 500 Ducks Unlimited 12 gauge shotgun the year before, I decided it was time to trade in a gun I never intended to shoot for one that could help me bring down the almighty common eider. So my father and I went to the local gun shop, presented the Mossberg as a trade, and brought home a black synthetic Nova.
It was at the time an exciting shotgun to purchase. Crafted with polymers and space-aged ergonomic lines, the Nova certainly became popular and resented by the waterfowling community for reasons that existed purely of personal preference. I just liked the fact that I had a new pump action with recoil reduction technology which distributed energy through a mercury filled cylinder. But the gun still kicked like a mule, reacting to the force that every 3.5 inch magnum shell unloaded. Being young, tough, and somewhat invincible, recoil was like drinking a lot of beer. The more you pounded, the more man you became or at least that's what I thought.
I found that college and my early teaching career put a damper on sea duck hunting, as I discovered partridge and continued to pursue deer like there was no tomorrow. Finally, when I returned home to the coast and with a few more years & dollars to my life, I opted to go autoloader. First came the Mossberg 935 and then my current steel slinger, the Beretta Xtrema2. Officially, the Nova no longer had a chance even as a potential back up. So the black blaster was oiled heavily and mothballed, until this week.
|How the Big Bear currently looks...|
|How it will look soon...|
I found new plastic fenders locally for the Big Bear, but really don't want to take any more allocated money towards the house and put it towards the wheeler. So I decided, what was the fastest way to grab some quick cash without losing something of extreme importance? Answer was the Benelli Nova.
|Winner of the Nova auction...|
As I exchange the shotgun for cash to put towards my new plastics, I am pleased that the gun has a special owner who will know who had it before he did. My guess is that when he comes down for our future sea duck ventures he'll use my autoloader, while I get stuck with the black bruiser .
Sometimes, goodbye isn't really all that bad... especially when the Big Bear gets a face lift...
Have a great day.
The Downeast Duck Hunter