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the pellet thief
« on: August 18, 2019, 10:33:15 AM »
The Pellet Thief,
At age 11, some 52 years ago, me and my brothers were given a Benjamin Blue Streak Pump pellet gun to share. We were too poor to buy more than one of those toy guns in those days but my Dad figured we needed to learn how to shoot a gun if we were going to grow up proper. It was love at first pump for me…until the pellets ran out. Ace hardware sold the pellets I/We needed but money was tight and hard to come by but that didn't stop me and that's when I stole my first and last can of pellets. I was certain at age 11 I could filch a can without getting caught, problem was the store owner also knew my Father and knew I was poor as dirt so he was watching me like a hawk. When i tried to exit his store in a casual way, the owner stepped in front of the door and stared me down. I almost pee' d. Well the owner was also a farmer and asked me "Son would you rather steal them pellets or pay for them"? My eyes got big, my shoulders went up and I remained silent. "Tell you what, I'll give you all the pellets you can shoot if you shoot them on my farm killing rats and Pidgeon and other pests." Did I hear that right? Ya'll know my answer and now the point of the story – there was a certain bliss to shooting back then: Load, Pump, Aim, Shoot, Repeat. I didn't know a thing about air pressure, pellet weight, wind speed, humidity, barometric pressure changes or old eyes. Fact is I didn't know what a scope was – just iron sights. Nowadays we know all that other stuff and it does take some of the fun and mystery out of shooting. But as far as bad pellets go – ain't no such a thing, if you can shoot it and it makes you smile it's a bullseye


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Re: the pellet thief
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2019, 11:49:46 AM »
Now that’s a great story. You set it up perfectly and gave us a bit on tension. I just knew you were in big trouble!
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Re: the pellet thief
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2019, 12:15:29 PM »
Good story. I didn't start getting paid for plugging pigeons until I was over 70! You lucked out, and I'm jealous!
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Re: the pellet thief
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2019, 05:29:59 PM »
That was a great story.  I wonder what the store owner would have dove if you missed too many pest or did you?
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Re: the pellet thief
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2019, 05:50:41 PM »
Great story; I would venture most young lads have copped a thing or two as money definitely was tight in those times, especially for a family of 6 and the "dad" only made $12,300 per year.  I know for sure cause I got all dads papers when he died including his pay stub(s) .  We lived on a farm so we made do and never did without the necessities.  At 73 I love to hear old stories such as OP's.
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