Yes they are an interesting story, Babe Ruth owned one they have been around a couple hundred years. They almost went extinct about the time I got into them. At the National Specialty last fall the pup did OK, not great in conformation but not terrible either. I don't do the conformation showing if I can help it and when the breeder became ill the #1 Grand Champion breeder\owner Dan Rode showed the pup for me. It is a pretty tight group of great people, and dogs.
Hunt test I do myself, I spend a lot of time every day working with the dogs they need a job. Pup doing Tolling at the National Specialty hunt test. He was the only one to pass the BRT hunt test. Throwing all those dead ducks paid off.
The haul, a lot of work for a few ribbons and a duck band. But it pays off when hunting real birds too. A shotguns best accessory is a good dog IMO.
Been hunting for somewhere around 45 years now, I can train a dog to hunt if there is something to work with. With a Toller sometimes they train you if you're not careful I own a lot of really nice shotguns and rifles but my next purchase is an Ithaca 37 pump in 16 ga. with Vent Rib 26" barrel because that is what I grew up with. LOL guess I've come full circle. Although it could be said that I am old school all of my pistols are wheel guns.
Both S&W have been back to the S&W performance shop and the Ruger Match has been worked on by a competition Smith. Eyes aren't what they used to be and I need a big ole glow worm on the end to help me see anymore.