Springtime, shotguns and stress

By Larry Case

OK, maybe it is time for some true confessions from your humble outdoor scribe. I think I have said before that I will always be honest with you. This is hard to do sometimes, folks. Hard to do because you may not want hear the truth, but also since I am a devout hunter and fisherman, I may, at times, want to take certain liberties with the facts. But I try.

So lately I have been thinking maybe I just need to lay it all out and tell you some of my problems. Now I don’t pretend to think my problems mean that much compared to others in the great big world, but I brought this up, so let’s talk about it.

I’m probably trying to do too much.

When I started this whole outdoor/gun-writing venture, I really didn’t know what I was doing but I plunged in, head first. I retired from DNR law enforcement, and I have pursued this new vocation the only way I know how, like fighting snakes.

I have attended two SHOT shows, two NRA conventions, one Archery Trade Association show, and have been to several events and activities that drag you out of the house. Besides all this, I am constantly running up and down the road going to pick up a gun, going to shoot a certain gun or maybe interview someone for a story. (This has all been terrible on my fishing.)

So you are probably going to tell me, “Larry, you just need to slow down a little and take it easy.” I agree, and I am going to try.

Part of it could be that the weather has been beautiful here lately, and like many of you out there, I am coming down with a raging case of spring fever. One day you are stuck in the house with the snow, and the next it’s 70 degrees outside and there are 27 things you should be doing outside.

Well, I hope you don’t mind that we talked about that, and I swear I will take your advice and slow down a little. Now that we got that over with, I want to tell you about a couple of things you need to look at.

Besides trout fishing, digging ramps and looking for morel mushrooms, springtime means turkey hunting. Florida has already started; Georgia season begins in late March; Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee begin on different dates in April.

The point is, if you are thinking about a new shotgun this year (and you should always be thinking about a new shotgun), you have plenty of time to acquire one.

The first shotgun I want you to consider this spring is the Remington V-3 Field Sport. Remington announced the launch of this little beauty last year, and you can now find them on the shelf at your gun store. I like this shotgun and I am going to tell you why.

Some years ago, Remington came out with the Versa Max shotgun a 3½” chambered shotgun that was meant to shoot anything you dumped in it. From the lightest 2¾” shotgun shell to the heaviest 3½” load you could find, the Versa Max became known as the gun that would shoot them all. I dubbed this shotgun the “beast,” and many waterfowl hunters – and now the three gun competition shooters – love it.

The Versa Max owed its success to a revolutionary new gas porting system that operated this semi-auto shotgun. No one else had this system, and Remington, knowing it had something here, soon began to endeavor to place the Versa Port system in a smaller, lighter, general use shotgun.

“The V3 Field Sport is the Model 1100 of today”, says Edward Mazzeo of Remington in Huntsville, Ala. “This is a multipurpose-use shotgun with the lowest felt recoil compared to any of our competitors.”

Mazzeo says the V3 will enable Remington to take back the semi-auto market with an American-made shotgun. In the 1960s, the shotgun market in America was about 70 percent American-made guns and 30 percent imports. Today, those two numbers are switched. Remington is saying that the V3 Field Sport shotgun is going to turn that around again.

So what we have here is a lightweight, all purpose, low recoil, American-made shotgun. What’s not to like?

If, like me, you’re dealing with some stress this early spring, go check out the new Remington V3. I always find that getting a new shotgun makes me feel better.

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