Robert Ruark (Uhuru, The Honey Badger, Something Of Value, etc.) was always one of my favorite authors, as alone among many, he “got” Africa — in fact, I think he actually coined the expression “Africa wins again” in one of his more cynical moments. Of course, he was a real hunter, so when it comes to hunting and guns, he should be carefully listened to. This was sent to me by Mr. Free Market:
And here’s a picture of Ruark, with some of his guns:
From memory, after he died (at age 49, from cirrhosis of the liver) his estate contained well over fifty rifles, most of “African” calibers (.375 H&H, .470 NE, .404 Jeffery, .416 Rigby, etc., which gave credence to one of his other books, Use Enough Gun ) and an unknown number of handguns and shotguns.
Now I’m not saying we should all copy the great man; but I am saying that if we do end up with a similar number in our collection, we should feel energized, not remorseful. I remember my own situation, back in the day…
Not all of those were mine, but most were (all the Mausers, for example).
And for the record, I’ve never woken up in the morning hating myself for having purchased a gun the day before. That’s certainly not true of women.