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My introduction to the Siamese Mauser was a comical calamity. In September, 1975, CBS television, with Dan Rather as narrator no less, aired a vicious, anti-hunting program called The Guns of Autumn. So immediate and strong were the protests from the hunting community, CBS caved to the pressure and immediately began filming what was to be a pro-hunting sequel titled, Echoes of the Guns of Autumn.
Working for the state Conservation Department at the time, I was elected to go on film with CBS to tell the real story of modern sport hunting. Everything was going along fine on the morning of the filming at our local rod and gun club, that is, until a good friend asked if I would like to step over to the rifle range and try out his new Siamese Mauser rebarreled in .45-70. CBS was still setting up so how could I resist!
The setting was impressive that morning. CBS semis parked all over the club grounds, cables strung here and there, cameras, light stands and reflectors being set in place, a million minions running around doing their thing and so, dressed in my mandatory and immaculate red checkered shirt and pressed jeans, I sat down at the bench and loaded the Siamese sporter, topped with a steel, Weaver K-4 scope.
I paid no attention to the load. I was thinking about what I was going to say on national television in a few minutes. The .45-70 load turned out to be a 500-grain clone of the .458 Win Mag, and when it was torched off, that Weaver scope slammed back and opened up my right eyebrow like a can of tuna.
Now, I admit to having had a “Weatherby eye” before, but there was something really special about the foreshortened mounting distance of the bell of that K4 combined with that little atomic bomb of a handload, because suddenly there was blood everywhere. Fortunately, the CBS crew was so focused on their work they didn’t catch me making a mad dash for the club house to bury my head in the old, red Coke cooler filled with 5-pound blocks of ice.
Three-quarters of an hour later, the swelling was under control and with the help of a woman’s make-up kit, I pulled off my debut on CBS without a hitch; however, ever since that memorable day, I’ve had the utmost respect for Siamese Mausers.
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