Over here, over/under combos are very common. Its a euro thang. It is useful- I was sitting in a blind waiting for boar, and a fox trotted out in front of me. I only had his 7.65, so I couldn’t very well justify blowing a fox into tiny pieces with that thing! pheasant, foxes and something else are in season at the same time that certain deer and boar are.
As for the one-shot of it- he don’t miss. He has been a forrest manager for 35 years. I am willing to bet he has shot more animals in that time than, than, than I can come up with an analogy for. The trophy room in their house has 2 full walls of floor to ceiling skull-cap racks of srnec antlers- the Czech equivalent of a roe-buck. I’d estimate 200? 250? And the last time he added a rack to the wall was 8 years ago. He hunts almost every day during full season, and a few times a week during off-season (for the weak/weird ones- the racks on the wall aren’t pretty- twisted, mis-shaped, etc. He culls the ones that they don’t want to reproduce). And this doesn’t even come close to all of the female deer, boar, Danek (spotted deer with moose-like antlers), Jelen (elk), foxes, pheasants, etc. etc. It is amazing how many animals this guy has shot.
And you want the rub of it all? Not one of them is his! This is still a semi-socialist country- every animal he shoots he has to take to a community freezer, and then buy the meat from the butcher! He gets to keep the antlers and the liver- that’s it.
So, end story, a combo is actually a pretty neat gun to have here. He needs to replace his because he has shot it so much he is afraid it will start to weaken in the next 5 years. He is upset about getting rid of it; he’s had it for 35 years. When mom-in-law said “It’s just a gun! Sell it and forget about it.” He replied “It’s just a gun that I have spent more time with than YOU!”
Yes, I do believe he slept on the couch that evening.
ps, thanks for the info