One of the neatest features of a barn is they have a loft or hay mow. They have hay bales which make great forts and things to jump off. But the best thing is hay mows have cupolas or openings to let in pigeons. Grandpa was always willing to let us take the .22 and shoot pigeons in the barn.
I can still smell the combination or musty hay, pigeon poop, and gunpowder. I don’t actually remember hitting or killing a pigeon but I do remember shooting A LOT of .22 shells at them.
When you drive around in the country you see many old barns are kneeling or buckling over. I used to think it was from aging boards. What I now realize is that it’s really from all the .22 shells shot through the roof and timbers that have made the aging barns collapse.