Is Ray, of Ray's Sporting Goods still around?
Ray did me a great favor once, though he was probably thinking of the comic possibilities involved...
I had just turned eighteen, and was at Ray's looking for my first center-fire Rifle. I ended up talking with Ray, and he made me a great deal on a Marlin 1895G, the one with the straight grip and the hard plastic butt-plate.
I developed a flinch with it of course, but I worked on that flinch and got past it - and later on never developed a flinch again. I wound up being a magnum nut and have owned most magnums suitable for North American hunting, up to and including a Ruger #1 in .375 H&H.
Every time I enjoyed one of those fine rifles, I thought about Ray. - He was the one that made all of that enjoyment possible.
I for one will always remember Ray, of Rays Sporting Goods, most fondly.
Kind regards, charlesb