It’s a typical story. A 12 year-old kid wants a BB gun. During the summer, on the way up to their lake cottage, the kid’s father stops at a gas station that also sold bait and tackle. And there it was. I’m sure the kid was like Ralphie in the Christmas Story, but unlike the Christmas Story, the father buys the gun. A Crosman M1 Carbine BB Rifle.
At this point you might be asking yourself, M1 Carbine? Yes, it was 1962, and the kid was my mom. My grandpa carried an M1 Carbine in World War II, and I wonder if he picked that particular BB gun for that reason. I would love to ask him, but he passed away a long time ago.
He taught my mom how to shoot. And when it was time to come home from the lake, he would put the gun away. It was a special treat for my mom to be able to shoot old cans or bottles, something she could only do when up at the lake.
Fast forward to 1991. I was 11 years old when I first got my hands on that rifle. We lived in a rural area in western Ohio and I learned how to shoot pop cans in the backyard. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, what 11 year-old boy wouldn’t?
Fast forward again. Earlier this week, the delivery man rang the doorbell and left a package at my door. It was here! I few months ago, I sent that old BB gun to Accurate Airguns in Washington state. I wanted to restore it and surprise my mom. It came back better than ever! Now we both are having fun shooting cans in the back yard. If you have an old BB gun that needs to be restored, contact Doug at Accurate Airguns, they are the best! http://www.accurateairguns.com/
And now for the best part, here she is!