This thread is making me a little 'misty' - I was very close to my father and miss him still.
I hear his voice in my voice sometimes.Sorry to hear that. Mine passed just before Fathers Day and just before I was getting ready to take finals being back in college. Been many Fathers Days since but of course still makes you miss them. Sad part of living to be old is watching others we care about leave before us Hopefully after another dozen or so Dad's days pass the pain does go down a lot but, it never goes away sadly. Sometimes when I am giving advice to "young people" I swear I hear his voice in the background saying the same things to me
I also have Dads Remmy 512 Target, he bought it new from Sears in the early 50's and we always had that little rifle with us on every hike or outdoor adventure! Dad always carried his service issue 1968 Colt 1911 where ever we went, and still carries it today, it has no bluing left on it, and the muzzle end and all the sharp edges have been worn smooth from carry and use, I couldn't even guess at how many thousands of rounds we have all put through that pistol, but it still shoots as good as ever! Another pistol Dad bought when he was a kid was his Ruger MK-1 .22 pistol has always traveled with the family for can plinking and small game hunting or serious target shooting competitions between Dad and my Brothers and I!For me, it is the 512 Remington Sportsmaster that has a bolt with no rearward stop so I am basically the only person on the planet that can run it. My birthday gift at age 11. I still have it, and it still has the 4x scope with electrical tape wrap to make the tube fit the scope mounts.
As Andy said, I learned all I ever needed to know about how to handle guns safely at my dads knee.
I am fortunate to be able to talk to him today. He is 88 and there are not many more years left in the tank.
Mind you, my Dad just sold his full dress Goldwing this spring! He rode until he sold it!