I’m the luckiest guy I know. I scored a wife who is way out of my league. I grew up dirt poor on a Midwest farm and I ended up traveling all over the world on the government’s dime. And nowadays gun manufacturers send me all kinds of cool guns to shoot and test, and they even pay me to write up my opinion. And I never got blown up while I was in Afghanistan. Trust me, I’m pretty lucky. So I was excited to be included in the fourth annual Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous held near Driggs, Idaho, and to have the privilege of meeting one on one with approximately 30 leading manufacturing companies to talk about their new products, their histories and the directions their companies were going. On the third day of shooting, talking, hanging out, telling stories and blowing up Tannerite, the writers were treated to a surprise. Magnum Research had brought along something special: a massive BFR revolver in .44 Remington Magnum with walnut grips, hexagon-fluted cylinder and octagonal barrel with “Athlon Outdoors” engraved on the cylinder. They drew a name out of a hat, and yours truly won. As a bonus, they even engraved “Robert Jordan” on the top of the barrel before they sent it to me. I told my wife she had to sleep on the couch because my new gun needed a soft place to lie close to me.