I have long held a fascination with firearms and hunting. ( More on that later.) What began my interest in Africa was time a fellow firearms enthusiast allowed me the chance to shoot his Westley Richards .500 BPE. The craftsmanship was stunning, the recoil was no less stunning in a different way. Truly, it was a thing of beauty, a hallowed relic from a bygone time. The light pitting on the barrels, the slight dings on the stock, each one told a story that I wish knew. As such, I began to research these fabled weapons and tales of their use. I began to grow enamored with the tales of stalking such enormous game. (By the way if anyone has recommendations for further reading, I'm very interested. ) My increasing interest led me to this site, and after a year of stalking the forums, I submitted my membership. I have enjoyed hunting since a child, albeit most of the game I pursued was hardly of African proportions unless you include the tiny 10. I have been an enthusiastic hunter of squirrels due much to their great deliciousness, as has been the case for rabbits, and racoons as well. I have pursued whitetail to my great enjoyment, but the finest challenge (for me at any rate) that I have engaged in so far has been the stalk hunting of crows. It is an adventure that ends in failure ~19 out of 20 times, but the rare success is certainly a rush.