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Crisp and cold and windless, my breath hung about me like a spirit unsure where it should go. The colors of the autumn hardwoods were nearing Einstein

Where have all the great gun writers gone?

There was a time, not all that long ago because I can remember it, when the profession of writing about guns and the outdoors was looked at in an enti

The Empty Cases’ Guide to Being a Real, Gun Using, Outdoor Kind of Man

Own a truck. Always have a knife. Carry a knife. Always. The only time you should not have a knife is when you are naked, in a bed or when you’re swim

Cats in the Cradle

There is only a brief moment in time when you will have plenty of time to spend with your son and he will have plenty to spend with you. That time wit


Kinda Cool Scope Tool

With the shot at hand, I’ve watched hunters in the field wrestle with the magnification setting on their scope. I’ve seen shot opportunities vanish because of this fiddling around. In fact, I’ve experienced it myself. For that reason I keep my scope magnification on the lowest sett
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Pretty Groups

The sun is beaming down and you’re sweating. Your shoulder or maybe your hand is a little sore from too much time behind the trigger. And, possibly, your elbow is a bit weak from working the reloading press. You and your buddy walk down range and gander at the target and he say’s, “
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Mountain Monsters – (A call for help to my industry friends.)

Last night after all the kids were asleep, Drema and I found some time on our hands. She has been off work for the past two days due to a vicious stomach virus so instead of getting out the Monopoly game we decided to look for something on TV to watch. Flipping through the channels I stopped when I
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Elmer Fudd versus the Tactard

There is somewhat of a cultural war going on in the gun world and while you may not be aware of it because of the cave you live in, I see it all the time with the writers and editors I work with. At odds are the Elmer Fudds and the tactards. The Fudds are the hunters and the tactards are those other
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New Sights from XS

  Anyone who follows this blog knows I use and trust XS Sights. I like them so much I had a set custom fitted to the gun – a Ruger Single Six in .32 H&R Mag – I carry everyday here around Shadowland. (It helps when you have a top notch gunsmith like Jerry Dove who lives close by
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Cutting it Close

After four trips to Africa you start to feel a little more at home while you’re there; more relaxed. It’s a, you’ve been there, done that, kind of feeling. That does not mean the rules do not apply or that the trophies come easier. My hunting partner Len Waldron had just taken his first African anim
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What’s in your rifle?

3-Gun competition is the fastest growing segment of competitive firearms shooting. Here is an interesting tidbit of information whether you like 3-Gunshooting or not. The last three, 3-Gun Nation champions won by pulling a Timney. Tommy Thacker is the 2012 Champion, Keith Garcia won it all in 2013 a
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What’s Missing

I’ll tell you what’s missing; good stories that’s what. Ruark like, Old Man and the Boy stories. Stories that made your eyes water or brought a smile to your face. Readers of the outdoor word have been blessed with a few good story tellers, I’m not one of them. Oh, yeah, I mi
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Introducing the CUR

Lots of folks have heard of cur dogs; not many folks really know what they are. Some think a cur is a mongrel or mutt. The word “cur” is often used to describe such a beast but a real cur dog is not a product accidental breeding. A cur is a dog that has been generationally purpose breed to fulfill a
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