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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


Good Decisions

There was a time when hunting was not all about the latest high tech camo clothing, ballistic reticles and trail cameras. The smell of woodsmoke, wet wool and gun grease would fill your nostrils and a plaid shirt and OD green field pants seems to hide you from whitetails just fine. It wasn’t a
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Lasers and the Right Sights Make a Difference

A few years ago while conducting research for my book, Handgun Training for Personal Protection, I helped put together a shooting match at my local gun club. One of the drills in the match was the Forty-Five Drill, which is a drill I use constantly when testing firearms, holsters and ammo. It was al
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Hillbilly Writes New Book on the AR

After finishing Handgun Training for Personal Protection I did not intend to write another book. But, when Gun Digest offered me an opportunity to write a beginner’s book on the AR, I thought that this would be a great opportunity to give all the new AR owners some basic guidance on what has b
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PF vs. CRF & The Easter Bunny

One of the longest running rifle debates is the control-round-feed (CRF) vs. push-feed (PF) argument, which is primarily focused on rifles for dangerous game. Conventional wisdom dictates when a fellow is confronted with a critter that might stomp him into a blood puddle, rifle reliability is paramo
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Mashed Taters, Red Heads and Mopars

We have to make a lot of choices in life. Early choices deal with the food we eat. In grade school there was this kid who really liked mashed potatoes. When they were available he’d heap his tray and then eat them, and never close his mouth during the process. Another kid would eat about anything as
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CUR (Conditional Utility Rifle) Specifications

A few weeks ago I mentioned a concept rifle I’ve been working with for sometime. I call it the CUR and it is, admittedly, somewhat inspired by scout type rifles. Since then I’ve put several hundred more rounds through both CUR # 1 and CUR # 2 while working with the different sight system
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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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