Well... I done messed up.
I sold my 1950 standard weight A5 16gauge about two weeks ago. It was MINT. I was the second owner of the gun, and probably shot 15 boxes of shells through it between two dove hunts, a skeet shoot and a few outings of sporting clays. The gun was just too pretty to hunt with. As a collector, it was not exactly desireable. Had everything going againest it except poly chokes and cutts (thank God..... they work well and shoot good... but they ain't much to look at!). This gun had no rib, St. Louis safety, modified barrel 27 1/2. Everything about it was original... right down to the buffalo horn butt plate. I bought it in 2003 for $300 and sold it for $650 to a rabbit hunter who had his fathers sweet 16 and didn't want to tear it up. Glad he has a use for it. I wanted to shoot ducks with it... and with no choke tubes and Kent Tungsten Matrix at $40 a box (I have a case of it squirreled away though)..... I thought I was out of the A5 16ga business maybe for good... which was sad.
Well... here I am two weeks later.... went by the local dive and found what I actually wanted in the first place... a Jap made (1990) sweet 16... choke tubes and all..... I picked it up and never planned on buying it... got to handling it and thinking about it... and awwww damn it I just got rid of one! $850..... has one big scratch on the stock... otherwise almost perfect. You can tell its been hunted, but its in good shape... gotta go collect the consignment money from the place I sold the standard and pick up the sweet on Sunday. Merry Christmas to me! And I'll have something I won't be afraid to hunt with!
Tell your wife you love her, wrestle in the yard with your kids, shake your best friend's hand, let your dog sleep on the bed, and thank God for all the blessings in your life.