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It will horrify Wieland’s side-by-side loving friends, but he’s come to the conclusion that if he ever has to limit himself to one shotgun, it will be the Blaser F3—with its eight sets of barrels, three buttstocks, and two forends. Which is hardly just one gun, is it?
Rainy Sunday in March
As I write, Skeet season is upon us—that is, the two months in which the…
The Steyr Zephyr II is the class of the bolt-action .22s since Kimber gave up on its Model 82, the rifle everyone wanted but nobody bought. Fitted with a Leupold VX-II 2-7x33 scope, it is light in weight and high on performance.
Adventures with the .22 Long Rifle (No, Really …)
Like most shooters of my acquaintance, my hunting and shooting career began with the .22…
Lee Shaver’s Soule-type aperture tang sight. It has Lee’s Hadley eyecup, which allows varying the diameter of the aperture, depending on the light and your target. Windage adjustments are made using the micrometer knobs on the base.
Let’s start with a confession: I do not know how to use an abacus. A…
The “Revelation” from Tony Galazan’s Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing Company (CSMC) is not expensive in over/under terms, starting at less than $3,000. But it’s as smooth and eager as one could wish a mostly machine-made shotgun to be. The “mostly” takes it only so far, and a gunmaker’s skilled hands take it the rest of the way.
It’s Not Wearing In, It’s Wearing Out
Modern man is in love with CNC (computer-numerically controlled) machinery to the point of attributing…
Stevens “Ideal Range” Model 45, built on a No. 44½ action, with original Stevens tang sight.
Robbie Burns can fairly claim to be Scotland’s all-time most quoted author, and his wry…
We were accompanied by an excellent photographer who declined a credit. Our scout, Hunter, loading the dogs in the ancient mule wagon.
Sweet Georgia Brown
It ain’t summertime, and the livin’ ain’t particularly easy, but if you’re a quail hunter,…
Believe it or not, under the latest gun-control legislation, this venerable (and quite lovely) W&C Scott 8-bore would have been prohibited, purely because of its bore diameter. It is a “Classic Scott” action with the company’s famous “crystal indicator.” Unfortunately, last I heard, the old dear resides in Canada.
Some Good News, for a Change
This just in from compass points north: The Liberal Canadian government has ditched three of…
Original B&P Competition One shotshells, awarded a “Gray’s Best” in 2010, and still available today (if you can find some).
Baschieri & Pellagri Update
Long-time Gray’s readers will be aware of my affection for Baschieri & Pellagri (B&P) shotshells,…
Long-leaf pine, for which Georgia is famous.
In the Home of the Long-Leaf Pine
Just back from a few days on a plantation outside Thomasville, Georgia, spiritual and actual…
Among the rifles that would be banned under the latest proposal is the inoffensive Ruger No. 1 single-shot. Why? Because it can “readily” be rebarreled to the entirely too powerful .460 Weatherby. This is, of course, hogwash.
Politics and the Art of the Ludicrous
The other day, I took the car in for a new windshield. The shop was…
Thirty-fives, old and new, from left: .35 Remington (introduced in 1906), .358 Winchester (1955) and .358 Norma Magnum (1959). The author admires them all.
Who Would Have Thought?
As I write this, the annual SHOT Show is taking place in Las Vegas, and…
Beauty and the Beast: Sandy is wearing the Bridger, which she thinks is ideal for many things, but not trap shooting (too dark), while the Beast is wearing the Sentinel. The clear lenses work very well in medium light, but the nose-piece tends to intrude on his vision. The author would love to see both styles offered with amber lenses.
Through a Glass, Darkly (II)
Last month, I wrote a piece lamenting the disappearance of the Bausch & Lomb “Ray-Ban…
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