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Grandad Cannon's Shotgun
Nov 23, 2022 12:19:36   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
The house on the Cannon home place was probably built before the 1900s and was white with green trim. This trim wasn’t only painted green but had what I can only describe, and cut-out scroll work as decoration on the eves and roof edge. Grandad had come to Texas from South Carolina as a young man. After he got established as a farmer in North Texas, in Cooke County, he sent for his bride, Sarah to come and they were married.
I do not remember too much about this house. It had five rooms plus some smaller, screened in porches, with a large porch extending all the way across the front of the house. There was almost a dog run between part of the house and a large room separated by a covered hallway on one part of the house.

In the room where granddad slept, there was above one of the inside doors a gun rack where he always kept his double barrel 12 Ga. Shotgun. At one time in the past, he had not unloaded the weapon and it accidentally fired when he put it in the gun rack.
What was interesting to me was the pattern of shot. There was an entire load travelling from the shotgun’s barrel, the lead shot tracing their path down the first wall, then maybe 50% of the lead shot traced their travel down the second wall, having made a 90-degree turn. After that, on the opposite wall, there was traces of about 25% of the shot that had made another 90 degree turn and finally on the last wall maybe 10% of the remaining shot had made it all around the room! I was always fascinated with the marks of those shots and their travels.

Grandad was death on any owls or hawks that came to catch one of our chickens. He not only would patrol the place with his shotgun just in case one happened to come by during the time he was out and checking things. That wasn’t all though. He had dad erect some tall poles and affix traps on top. That way, any owl or hawk that lit on that post to survey the area and pick out a chicken, would be caught in the trap and be shot on sight.

One time, a grandson came running down to our house and begging Grandad or Dad to come quick, his father was beating up on his mother, who was a daughter of Grandad’s. He went inside and got down his double barrel shotgun, loaded it and was going over to their place about a mile away to settle scores once and for all.
About this time, Dad came home and told Granddad that it wouldn’t solve anything, but would probably make it worse, by starting a feud! So, Grandad did not go and shoot the culprit. I saw this with my own eyes! It is bad news to get a Scot’s blood up! Just Sayin….RJS

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Nov 23, 2022 12:35:03   #
HenryG Loc: Falmouth Cape Cod Massachusetts
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
The house on the Cannon home place was probably built before the 1900s and was white with green trim. This trim wasn’t only painted green but had what I can only describe, and cut-out scroll work as decoration on the eves and roof edge. Grandad had come to Texas from South Carolina as a young man. After he got established as a farmer in North Texas, in Cooke County, he sent for his bride, Sarah to come and they were married.
I do not remember too much about this house. It had five rooms plus some smaller, screened in porches, with a large porch extending all the way across the front of the house. There was almost a dog run between part of the house and a large room separated by a covered hallway on one part of the house.

In the room where granddad slept, there was above one of the inside doors a gun rack where he always kept his double barrel 12 Ga. Shotgun. At one time in the past, he had not unloaded the weapon and it accidentally fired when he put it in the gun rack.
What was interesting to me was the pattern of shot. There was an entire load travelling from the shotgun’s barrel, the lead shot tracing their path down the first wall, then maybe 50% of the lead shot traced their travel down the second wall, having made a 90-degree turn. After that, on the opposite wall, there was traces of about 25% of the shot that had made another 90 degree turn and finally on the last wall maybe 10% of the remaining shot had made it all around the room! I was always fascinated with the marks of those shots and their travels.

Grandad was death on any owls or hawks that came to catch one of our chickens. He not only would patrol the place with his shotgun just in case one happened to come by during the time he was out and checking things. That wasn’t all though. He had dad erect some tall poles and affix traps on top. That way, any owl or hawk that lit on that post to survey the area and pick out a chicken, would be caught in the trap and be shot on sight.

One time, a grandson came running down to our house and begging Grandad or Dad to come quick, his father was beating up on his mother, who was a daughter of Grandad’s. He went inside and got down his double barrel shotgun, loaded it and was going over to their place about a mile away to settle scores once and for all.
About this time, Dad came home and told Granddad that it wouldn’t solve anything, but would probably make it worse, by starting a feud! So, Grandad did not go and shoot the culprit. I saw this with my own eyes! It is bad news to get a Scot’s blood up! Just Sayin….RJS
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Thanks for the enlightening story Mr Samples 😎👍

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Nov 23, 2022 13:26:01   #
EZ Fishing Loc: College Ward, Utah
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
The house on the Cannon home place was probably built before the 1900s and was white with green trim. This trim wasn’t only painted green but had what I can only describe, and cut-out scroll work as decoration on the eves and roof edge. Grandad had come to Texas from South Carolina as a young man. After he got established as a farmer in North Texas, in Cooke County, he sent for his bride, Sarah to come and they were married.
I do not remember too much about this house. It had five rooms plus some smaller, screened in porches, with a large porch extending all the way across the front of the house. There was almost a dog run between part of the house and a large room separated by a covered hallway on one part of the house.

In the room where granddad slept, there was above one of the inside doors a gun rack where he always kept his double barrel 12 Ga. Shotgun. At one time in the past, he had not unloaded the weapon and it accidentally fired when he put it in the gun rack.
What was interesting to me was the pattern of shot. There was an entire load travelling from the shotgun’s barrel, the lead shot tracing their path down the first wall, then maybe 50% of the lead shot traced their travel down the second wall, having made a 90-degree turn. After that, on the opposite wall, there was traces of about 25% of the shot that had made another 90 degree turn and finally on the last wall maybe 10% of the remaining shot had made it all around the room! I was always fascinated with the marks of those shots and their travels.

Grandad was death on any owls or hawks that came to catch one of our chickens. He not only would patrol the place with his shotgun just in case one happened to come by during the time he was out and checking things. That wasn’t all though. He had dad erect some tall poles and affix traps on top. That way, any owl or hawk that lit on that post to survey the area and pick out a chicken, would be caught in the trap and be shot on sight.

One time, a grandson came running down to our house and begging Grandad or Dad to come quick, his father was beating up on his mother, who was a daughter of Grandad’s. He went inside and got down his double barrel shotgun, loaded it and was going over to their place about a mile away to settle scores once and for all.
About this time, Dad came home and told Granddad that it wouldn’t solve anything, but would probably make it worse, by starting a feud! So, Grandad did not go and shoot the culprit. I saw this with my own eyes! It is bad news to get a Scot’s blood up! Just Sayin….RJS
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Thanks for the story Robert. Have a great day.

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Nov 24, 2022 09:08:10   #
Big dog Loc: Bayshore, Long Island, New York
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
The house on the Cannon home place was probably built before the 1900s and was white with green trim. This trim wasn’t only painted green but had what I can only describe, and cut-out scroll work as decoration on the eves and roof edge. Grandad had come to Texas from South Carolina as a young man. After he got established as a farmer in North Texas, in Cooke County, he sent for his bride, Sarah to come and they were married.
I do not remember too much about this house. It had five rooms plus some smaller, screened in porches, with a large porch extending all the way across the front of the house. There was almost a dog run between part of the house and a large room separated by a covered hallway on one part of the house.

In the room where granddad slept, there was above one of the inside doors a gun rack where he always kept his double barrel 12 Ga. Shotgun. At one time in the past, he had not unloaded the weapon and it accidentally fired when he put it in the gun rack.
What was interesting to me was the pattern of shot. There was an entire load travelling from the shotgun’s barrel, the lead shot tracing their path down the first wall, then maybe 50% of the lead shot traced their travel down the second wall, having made a 90-degree turn. After that, on the opposite wall, there was traces of about 25% of the shot that had made another 90 degree turn and finally on the last wall maybe 10% of the remaining shot had made it all around the room! I was always fascinated with the marks of those shots and their travels.

Grandad was death on any owls or hawks that came to catch one of our chickens. He not only would patrol the place with his shotgun just in case one happened to come by during the time he was out and checking things. That wasn’t all though. He had dad erect some tall poles and affix traps on top. That way, any owl or hawk that lit on that post to survey the area and pick out a chicken, would be caught in the trap and be shot on sight.

One time, a grandson came running down to our house and begging Grandad or Dad to come quick, his father was beating up on his mother, who was a daughter of Grandad’s. He went inside and got down his double barrel shotgun, loaded it and was going over to their place about a mile away to settle scores once and for all.
About this time, Dad came home and told Granddad that it wouldn’t solve anything, but would probably make it worse, by starting a feud! So, Grandad did not go and shoot the culprit. I saw this with my own eyes! It is bad news to get a Scot’s blood up! Just Sayin….RJS
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Great story, as usual!
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Nov 24, 2022 12:57:29   #
GlsJr40 Loc: Dallas, Tx.
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
The house on the Cannon home place was probably built before the 1900s and was white with green trim. This trim wasn’t only painted green but had what I can only describe, and cut-out scroll work as decoration on the eves and roof edge. Grandad had come to Texas from South Carolina as a young man. After he got established as a farmer in North Texas, in Cooke County, he sent for his bride, Sarah to come and they were married.
I do not remember too much about this house. It had five rooms plus some smaller, screened in porches, with a large porch extending all the way across the front of the house. There was almost a dog run between part of the house and a large room separated by a covered hallway on one part of the house.

In the room where granddad slept, there was above one of the inside doors a gun rack where he always kept his double barrel 12 Ga. Shotgun. At one time in the past, he had not unloaded the weapon and it accidentally fired when he put it in the gun rack.
What was interesting to me was the pattern of shot. There was an entire load travelling from the shotgun’s barrel, the lead shot tracing their path down the first wall, then maybe 50% of the lead shot traced their travel down the second wall, having made a 90-degree turn. After that, on the opposite wall, there was traces of about 25% of the shot that had made another 90 degree turn and finally on the last wall maybe 10% of the remaining shot had made it all around the room! I was always fascinated with the marks of those shots and their travels.

Grandad was death on any owls or hawks that came to catch one of our chickens. He not only would patrol the place with his shotgun just in case one happened to come by during the time he was out and checking things. That wasn’t all though. He had dad erect some tall poles and affix traps on top. That way, any owl or hawk that lit on that post to survey the area and pick out a chicken, would be caught in the trap and be shot on sight.

One time, a grandson came running down to our house and begging Grandad or Dad to come quick, his father was beating up on his mother, who was a daughter of Grandad’s. He went inside and got down his double barrel shotgun, loaded it and was going over to their place about a mile away to settle scores once and for all.
About this time, Dad came home and told Granddad that it wouldn’t solve anything, but would probably make it worse, by starting a feud! So, Grandad did not go and shoot the culprit. I saw this with my own eyes! It is bad news to get a Scot’s blood up! Just Sayin….RJS
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Yes sir! That Rick O'Shay pattern is quite interesting!

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Nov 24, 2022 15:26:50   #
Dakoda Loc: Cle Elum, WA
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
The house on the Cannon home place was probably built before the 1900s and was white with green trim. This trim wasn’t only painted green but had what I can only describe, and cut-out scroll work as decoration on the eves and roof edge. Grandad had come to Texas from South Carolina as a young man. After he got established as a farmer in North Texas, in Cooke County, he sent for his bride, Sarah to come and they were married.
I do not remember too much about this house. It had five rooms plus some smaller, screened in porches, with a large porch extending all the way across the front of the house. There was almost a dog run between part of the house and a large room separated by a covered hallway on one part of the house.

In the room where granddad slept, there was above one of the inside doors a gun rack where he always kept his double barrel 12 Ga. Shotgun. At one time in the past, he had not unloaded the weapon and it accidentally fired when he put it in the gun rack.
What was interesting to me was the pattern of shot. There was an entire load travelling from the shotgun’s barrel, the lead shot tracing their path down the first wall, then maybe 50% of the lead shot traced their travel down the second wall, having made a 90-degree turn. After that, on the opposite wall, there was traces of about 25% of the shot that had made another 90 degree turn and finally on the last wall maybe 10% of the remaining shot had made it all around the room! I was always fascinated with the marks of those shots and their travels.

Grandad was death on any owls or hawks that came to catch one of our chickens. He not only would patrol the place with his shotgun just in case one happened to come by during the time he was out and checking things. That wasn’t all though. He had dad erect some tall poles and affix traps on top. That way, any owl or hawk that lit on that post to survey the area and pick out a chicken, would be caught in the trap and be shot on sight.

One time, a grandson came running down to our house and begging Grandad or Dad to come quick, his father was beating up on his mother, who was a daughter of Grandad’s. He went inside and got down his double barrel shotgun, loaded it and was going over to their place about a mile away to settle scores once and for all.
About this time, Dad came home and told Granddad that it wouldn’t solve anything, but would probably make it worse, by starting a feud! So, Grandad did not go and shoot the culprit. I saw this with my own eyes! It is bad news to get a Scot’s blood up! Just Sayin….RJS
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Not nearly as interesting as your story, but my neighbor and I came in the house after Black powder deer hunting. He decided to check his rifle as we walked in the house, fortunately he aimed his rifle out the door as he accidentally discharged his rifle trying to pull the primer cap off the nipple. My deck rail has an unusual grove in the top rail. John suffers from Parkinson disease and his hands shake on occasion. Other than hard on the hearing, no damage of consequence, other than being extremely embarrassed.

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Nov 24, 2022 18:52:31   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
A close proximity to rifle fire can permanently damage your hearing. I am a sufferer of that. Also, flying all day in an unpressurized aircraft. Just Sayin...RJS

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Nov 27, 2022 12:21:39   #
Gordon Loc: Charleston South Carolina
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
The house on the Cannon home place was probably built before the 1900s and was white with green trim. This trim wasn’t only painted green but had what I can only describe, and cut-out scroll work as decoration on the eves and roof edge. Grandad had come to Texas from South Carolina as a young man. After he got established as a farmer in North Texas, in Cooke County, he sent for his bride, Sarah to come and they were married.
I do not remember too much about this house. It had five rooms plus some smaller, screened in porches, with a large porch extending all the way across the front of the house. There was almost a dog run between part of the house and a large room separated by a covered hallway on one part of the house.

In the room where granddad slept, there was above one of the inside doors a gun rack where he always kept his double barrel 12 Ga. Shotgun. At one time in the past, he had not unloaded the weapon and it accidentally fired when he put it in the gun rack.
What was interesting to me was the pattern of shot. There was an entire load travelling from the shotgun’s barrel, the lead shot tracing their path down the first wall, then maybe 50% of the lead shot traced their travel down the second wall, having made a 90-degree turn. After that, on the opposite wall, there was traces of about 25% of the shot that had made another 90 degree turn and finally on the last wall maybe 10% of the remaining shot had made it all around the room! I was always fascinated with the marks of those shots and their travels.

Grandad was death on any owls or hawks that came to catch one of our chickens. He not only would patrol the place with his shotgun just in case one happened to come by during the time he was out and checking things. That wasn’t all though. He had dad erect some tall poles and affix traps on top. That way, any owl or hawk that lit on that post to survey the area and pick out a chicken, would be caught in the trap and be shot on sight.

One time, a grandson came running down to our house and begging Grandad or Dad to come quick, his father was beating up on his mother, who was a daughter of Grandad’s. He went inside and got down his double barrel shotgun, loaded it and was going over to their place about a mile away to settle scores once and for all.
About this time, Dad came home and told Granddad that it wouldn’t solve anything, but would probably make it worse, by starting a feud! So, Grandad did not go and shoot the culprit. I saw this with my own eyes! It is bad news to get a Scot’s blood up! Just Sayin….RJS
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Your Grandad had very good self control.

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Nov 27, 2022 18:39:29   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Round Rock, Texas
 
I also believe he was a very crafty individual. He had 10 living children. You know that during the depression and even afterward, one or more would have had money problems. I never knew just how he handled these situations, but it was at least kept quiet and with diplomacy! Just Sayin...RJS

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