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Mannlicher-Schönauer Model 1956, in .257 Roberts, outfitted for accuracy with set triggers and a Schmidt & Bender scope.
SET … MATCH
Anyone who has done any precision shooting at all, from a 1,000-yard rifle match to…
Rarer than hen’s teeth, boxes of factory .256 Winchester Magnum ammunition are collectors’ items. Neat little cartridge, though, huh?
Yet Another Boyhood Dream
Every time I write about finally acquiring something I first desired a half-century ago, I…
Mark and Dinny, with the dogs: Fiagia, the red-and-white, Harry Flashman (rear) and the puppy, Arthur. All being de-burred.
One of our number, arriving in Platte, South Dakota, the day before we were to…
The author in his element. The rifle is a Snider-Enfield.
Learning the Ropes
When I was but a boy, when dragons roamed the Earth amid smoky tendrils from…
A good day in North Dakota in 2012. At least, Leon looks content, and the Charles Lancaster did its job well. North and South Dakota are proud of their pheasant populations — but the future looks grim.
History Explains Everything
It appears this will be yet another mediocre pheasant year in South Dakota, which means…
This J. Braddell & Son combination gun from the 1870s is a marvel of good taste and a testament to the skill of the anonymous Birmingham craftsmen who created it.
Ruminations of a Scroll Guy
Would that I had a dollar for every time someone has picked up a gun…
H.J. Hussey pigeon gun from around 1912, restocked in 2008. H.J. himself was a noted pigeon shooter, gambler, and all-around rogue, but his “best” guns were truly best.
Understanding Pigeon Guns
As a teenager, poring longingly over the Browning catalogue, I was puzzled. Why, I wondered,…
Bar-in-wood guns, like this 1880 James Purdey, have the steel action bar enclosed by the walnut of the buttstock, which extends past the trigger guard. Stylistically, they represent a bridge from late percussion guns.
And the Madness of Crowds
Every time I go to the Rock Island auction, I learn something new. Sometimes the…
When most shooters think of German guns, they think military: Luger, Mauser, Walther. Rarely do…
Stevens Model 47 “Modern Range,” built on the 44½ (NOT the older 44) action.
Wins and Losses
Anyone with an ounce of humanity would sympathize with the evaluators of guns and compilers…
The gun-auction survival kit: Catalogue, tape measure, chamber gauge, flashlight, bore lights, caliper, micrometer. Add an unencumbered credit card, and you’re ready for the fray.
A Boy’s Guide to Gun Auctions
As I write this, the three-volume catalogue for the Rock Island “Premier” gun auction in…
This iconic (and archaic) engraving of an old-time trap shooter appeared on the frame of the famous Ithaca 4E, almost from start to finish.
Revisiting the King of Trap Guns
Trap guns, especially old trap guns, have a magic all their own. They are to…
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