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Cimarron Arms’s Colt Walker reproduction, exactly duplicating the original 1,000 military guns and aged to look authentic. Earlier this year, the Walker Colt was named the offical handgun of Texas.
Notes From the Percussion Section
Never — I repeat, never — did I expect to become interested in muzzle loaders…
The frame of the Reilly, out of the Varsol and freshly scrubbed, its engraving inviting admiration.
Recalled to Life
In A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens tells of a doctor who, having been…
The .300 Weatherby with 150-grain bullets did the job on the Alaska brown bear, but it was a close-run thing.
Spoiled By Choice
Among the key advances in shotgunnery, according to all the books, are the inventions of…
The Twigg and the wherewithal for its care and feeding.
Shooting the Twigg
Among my many failings, I have minimal interest in any gun I can’t take out…
The locks of a Joseph Manton fowling piece — masterpieces of gunmaking that influenced all who followed.
Twigg — Root and Branch
The name John Fox Twigg is not as well known as it might be. I…
The Blaser F3, darkly handsome in fine walnut, here shown in a field configuration that does equally well for skeet.
One and Only…Maybe
Every so often, the question arises, “If you could own only one shotgun, what would…
A 52-caliber flintlock duelling pistol, by London gunmaker John Fox Twigg (1732-92).
On a Whim and a Prayer
The Rock Island auction is alive and well, and back once again almost — almost…
TimberLuxe was developed by stockmaker Brian Board, who did the ebony extension for this W&C Scott. The result speaks for itself.
Timberluxe and the Beauty of Oil
For the better part of two centuries, the term “London oil” has been acknowledged as…
Shot size is just one of the factors to be considered in choosing a combination of gun and choke that will deliver an ethical, humane, killing pattern.
Pellets and Sportsmanship
In a recent column (Gray’s, March/April, 2021), I looked at the current fad for small…
The finished bench. To avoid vibrations, sensitive instruments like a powder scale should be on a separate shelf. Shelves underneath hold dies as well as the inserts with tools attached.
Not all our dreams come true and, were the truth known, it’s probably just as…
Understanding Patterns, or Trying To
The least-understood aspect of shotgunning is shot patterns — the scattergun equivalent of rifle accuracy,…
The rifle is an 8.15x46R, built around 1912, on a Martini action. The diopter (tang) sight is new, made by Ron Roehrs of Lee Shaver’s shop, using an older one as a pattern, but of a different size.
In Sporting Note #16 (Falling in Love…Again, April 18) I wrote about a German Schützen…
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