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20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

Get it before it’s gone. This 20g DHE Repro has the two special features everyone wants today, but few people wanted back when they were building these doubles: Two triggers and 28″ barrels. It also has a long length-of-pull and excellent original condition.

PARKER DHE REPRODUCTION 20 GAUGE: Price: $3,950.00 

28″ MOD AND FULL BBLS, 3″ CHAMBERS
DOUBLE TRIGGERS
EJECTORS
SPLINTER FOREARM
PISTOL GRIP
SKELETON BUTT
EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH LIGHT WEAR
6LBS 12 OZ
2 1/8 DAH
1 1/2 DAC
15″ FACTORY LOP20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28" bbls

20g DHE Parker/Winchester Reproduction, 28″ bbls

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. Here’s a double you don’t see every day–and may never see again.

It’s a 28 gauge Parker BHE built in 1916. When it was made, Quality B.H. guns were the 4th down in the company’s lineup, below the A. No. 1 Special, the A.A.H., and the A.H. (the first Invincible was completed in 1923).

Parker only made 1,034 B.H. grade guns. That’s not many, especially for a company that built 247,000+ doubles in all. Most of those B.H. grades were 12s. As it says below, only four were 28 gauges.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  “00” frame. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature. It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left. Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with a gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap. Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining. Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop-at-comb of 1-3/4″ and drop-at-heel of 3-1/8″.  The gun has these exact specifications today. Weight is 5lbs 7oz – exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range. Price: $59,500 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26″ Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.

Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made.  Parker Bros. BHE, 28ga, original 26" Acme Steel barrels. Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety. 1916. 1 of 4 made. 

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

Over the last twenty years, double-gun collectors have had many of their greatest mysteries solved, like the story behind the Czar’s Parker and the whereabouts of Bo Whoop, Nash Buckingham’s famous Fox shotgun.

In the SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 issue of Shooting Sportsman magazine, author Douglas Tate has solved another mystery: who was  The mysterious Purdey engraver Aristide Barré?

I don’t know how many guns Barré engraved for Purdey. The ones featured in the Shooting Sportsman article are in the Royal Gunroom at Sandringham. Other Barré-engraved Purdeys are in private collections, and every now and then, one pops up on the market, like the 12g hammer pigeon gun you see here.

This 12g Purdey with 32″ barrels was ordered in 1909 by King Alphonso XIII of Spain. According to Christie’s, Barré’s is mentioned as the engraver in the maker’s records.

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

JAMES PURDEY & SONS BEST BARRE ENGRAVE SIDELOCK SXS HAMMER SHOTGUN 12 GAUGE KING ALFONSO OF SPAIN

Lexi at Wild Apple Kennels, summer 2018

Lexi at Wild Apple Kennels, summer 2018

I spend a LOT of time with my dogs–most of my time, really. I work from home, and so Lexi and Sky are my constant companions: A run in early am, in the office together all day, a walk in the PM, repeat.

But not this July and August. Both girls went to Wild Apple Kennel at the end of June for summer training, and they’ll be there through this month.

I’m counting down the days.

Sky at Wild Apple Kennels, summer 2018

Sky at Wild Apple Kennels, summer 2018

Sky at Wild Apple Kennels, summer 2018

Sky at Wild Apple Kennels, summer 2018

Sky at Wild Apple Kennels, summer 2018

Sky at Wild Apple Kennels, summer 2018

.223 on the left, .600 Nitro Express on the right

.223 on the left, .600 Nitro Express on the right

My head hurts just watching this video.Cameron Mitchell shooting the .600 Nitro Express

The guy’s shooting one of the largest-caliber double rifles in the world: a .600 Nitro Express.

Until the .700 Nitro Express was introduced in 1988, the .600 was the most powerful commercially available hunting round in the world.

 

 

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout - letters exactly as found!

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!

Parker BHE *****28GAUGE *****- Incredibly rare (1 of 4 in this configuration) with original condition throughout – letters exactly as found!For your consideration is an extremely rare Parker BHE 28ga with original 26″ Acme Steel barrels.  “00” frame.  Double triggers, automatic ejectors, and automatic safety.  The gun is fabulously engraved with scroll and floral pattern – a special order feature.  It has 2-7/8″ original chambers with excellent bright shiny bores, measuring .563 right and .557 left.  Full length matted top rib with proper original Acme barrel legend.  The gun has a capped pistol grip, inlaid with gold cap and a large “H” engraved on the cap.  Original skeleton buttplate with traces of original blue remaining.  Stock dimensions in the factory letter are LOP of 14-1/4″ with drop at comb of 1-3/4 and drop at heel of 3-1/8.  The gun has these exact specifications today.  Weight is 5lbs 7oz- exactly as found in the PGCA letter.  Barrel blue is excellent and all original and appears to be in the 75% range.  The gun does have some original colors as seen in the photos. Here is your chance to buy an incredibly rare Parker 28ga that is field ready for many more lifetimes ahead.  Please dont hesitate to contact me with any questions on the gun. Price: $59,500 

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger: LOP: 14” to end of pad, Hawkins Pad with 3/4″ Spacers. Barrel Set No. 1 is 28” choked RH: Modified and LH: Full   Weight of gun is 7.7 pounds with these barrels. Barrel Set No. 2 is 26” choked RH: Improved Cylinder and LH: Modified   Weight of the shotgun is 7.65 pounds with these barrels.

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger

Parker AHE 12ga SxS Double Barrel Shotgun, ½ Frame Factory Two Barrel Set 26” and 28” Single Selective Trigger

Both sets of barrels are 90% or better.  Both sets of barrels lock up tight and on the face.  There is no corrosion either inside or outside either set of barrels.  There are no dents or dings on either set of barrels.  Ejectors for both sets of barrels work properly and are in time.
The forearm wood shows little to no use.  All checkering on both forearms is in very fine condition.  There are no issues with either forearm.

The Stock checkering is in very fine condition showing little use.  The stock was cut and subsequently lengthened with the installation of 3/4″ total in spacers.  The Hawkins Pad is period correct.  The Parker letter does not indicate the stock treatment.  There are a few handling marks on both sides of the stock.

The action has 90% or better case colors.  There are Pheasant on the right and Quail on the left.  The bottom is engraved with two Setters and a fence row.  All screws are in fine condition and in time. The gold grip cap is in place and has initials engraved in it as well as a finely engraved border.

This is a fine condition Late Remington Parker AHE. This is one of the last three AHE’s manufactured according to the Parker Story.  According to the Parker Story there were only 4 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 26” Fluid Steel Barrels.  There were only 18 total 12 gauge AHE’s manufactured with 28” Fluid Steel Barrels.  This is also on a desirable and scarce Parker ½ Frame action.  This combination makes this Parker extremely rare and possibly the only one manufactured.  With the exception of the stock modifications listed above the firearm shows little use.  The firearm matches the Parker Letter.  This is a no excuses, no speculation, verified factory two barrel, high grade, 1/2 Frame firearm that can easily take its place as the centerpiece of a collection. Both barrel sets are stamped ½ and all measurements on the action confirm this is a ½ frame 12ga. Price: $55,000

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)30″ Chokes: Improved Mod – Full L.O.P. : 15″ Drop: 1 1/2″ C x 2 1/8″ H Weight: 7 lbs 14 oz Ser. #: 7726 Price: $49,500 

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening - 1 1/4" oz. Nitro Proofed)

Boss & Co. Side-by-Side Pigeon Gun 12 Gauge (Assisted Opening – 1 1/4″ oz. Nitro Proofed)

John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED

John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED

John Rigby 12 Bore – LONDON BEST SIDE BY SIDE 1992, CASED6lbs 6oz, SxS, IC/M, LOP 14 3/4″, DAH 2 5/8″, DAC 1 5/8″. Serial Number: 18475. Purpose built in 1992 for gunning American upland birds over fine dogs. Weighing just 6lbs. 6oz. and balanced perfectly 1/8” in front of the hinge pin, the gun is fast to shoulder and a pleasure to carry all day through tough terrain. With its 28” chopper lump barrels choked IC/M and the English style stock the gun is simply gorgeous. The sidelock action has side plates shaped in the traditional Rigby style, with cocking indicators, game scene/banknote scroll engraving, perfect screws and metal fit, and sculpted bolsters on the bottom of the frame. The original case color is still prominent and aged to that perfect hue and contrast. The gun is stocked to the fences with gorgeous English walnut with a diamond shape at the grip, drop points, perfect 28LPI checkering, and terminates in a gorgeous pigskin Purdey style leather covered pad. The gun has the Holland & Holland style assisted-opening feature that you would expect from a true LONDON BEST, and is housed in the factory oak & leather case with all the best accessories. THIS IS A RARE FIND THAT YOU WON’T SEE FOR SALE IN THE MARKETPLACE AGAIN FOR SOME TIME. The reputation of Paul Roberts building best guns in the finest English fashion is well established. The engraving, done by John Beech of London, is superb, with gorgeous scenes of woodcock, pheasants, and a setter on point. A finer investment in the gunmaker’s art would be hard to find, regardless of the name on the barrels. Thanks for looking! Price: $24,500.00 

 

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ

W. J. JEFFERY 2 INCH 12 GAUGE, BOXLOCK EJECTOR, SXS, 5LBS 3OZ: Price: $3475

Chambers: 2 INCH
Condition: VERY GOOD
Metal Condition: VERY GOOD
Wood Condition: VERY GOOD
Bore Condition: BRIGHT
Barrels: 26 IN
Gauge: 12 GA
Stock Comb: 1 1/2IN
Stock Heel: 2 1/4
LOP: 14 3/4IN
Weight: 5LBS 2.6OZ
Manufacture Date: 1946
Choke Left: FULL
Choke Right: IMP/CYL
Proof:Nitro: YES

FRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE - 28" BARRELS - BOXLOCK - EJECTORS - FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSFRANCOTTE 20E IN 12 GAUGE – 28″ BARRELS – BOXLOCK – EJECTORS – FLORAL ENGRAVED FENCES DOUBLE BARREL SXSHere is a solid Francotte 20E with 28″ barrels and ejectors. This is a well made sideplated boxlock. Double underbite with concealed Greener style third fastener. Side clips. Tight and on the face. No loose ribs. No cracks to wood. A vintage VL&D Import. Auto safety. Right barrel measures .729 with 3/1000 choke (Skeet), while left is .730 with 8/1000 (IC). Stock dimensions follow. LOP – 14″ Drop at Comb – 1 3/4″ Drop at Heel – 2 3/4″. Price: $1,200 

 

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29" SxS Shotgun

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29″ SxS Shotgun

PHILIPP REEB Extra high-quality BLE 12ga 29″: Price  $10,000.00
ID #  6754
Make:  PHILIPP REEB
Model:  Best quality BLE
Configuration:  SXS
Gauge / Caliber:  12 GA
Serial #:  3371
Country of Origin: Germany
Barrel Length (in Inches): 29″
Choke R: IC(.010)
Choke L: M(.017)
Trigger: DT (Double)
Stock Configuration: Straight Grip
Forearm Type: Splinter Forearm
Rib Type: Matted Concave Rib
Other Options:  Greener safety, Greener crossbolt, Cocking indicators, Skeleton steel buttplate, Horn accents, English proofs, 2 1/2″ chambers
Condition:  EXC. Condition
Weight: 6# 13oz
Dimensions: 1 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ x 14 3/8″ with 1/4″ cast off
Other Details: Mfg around 1920 this is a super high quality gun that is a cut above other similar guns

1980 – Perazzi MX8 Trap OU – SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ Bbls IM / F(.727 – .030 / .727 – .040), 18.4 Bores, kg1610, Neutral Cast Stock at LOP 14-5/8″ Over Original Factory Pad, Drop 1-1/2″ to 1-3/8″ Across the Comb, and 2-1/4″ at the Heel. Weight 8 lbs. 12 oz. “As New” Condition – Fired Very Little. Looks like it came from a Time Capsule. Looks and feels like a brand new gun! Price: $8950

1980 - Perazzi MX8 Trap OU - SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4", 30" Bbls

1980 – Perazzi MX8 Trap OU – SC3 Grade -Type IV Gun: Like New Condition! 12ga, 2-3/4″, 30″ Bbls

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26″ Barrels: Number 1 frame.  The barrels are Titanic steel barrels with 90% bluing remaining.  They are 28″ in length and are choked Mod. and Full.  Bores are excellent with no pits or dings.  Engraving remains very sharp with 30-40% case colors remaining on receiver. A very solid 16 DHE Parker.  Price: $7,975.00

Serial Number: 223582

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26" Barrels

Parker Bros. DHE Grade 16 Gauge Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun with 26″ Barrels

Ejectors: Yes
Condition: Very Good
Metal Condition: Excellent
Wood Condition: Very Good
Bore Condition: Excellent
Gauge: 16 Gauge
Stock Comb: 1 5/8″
Stock Heel: 2 5/8″
LOP: 14 1/4″
Manufacture Date: 1928
Choke Left: Full
Choke Right: Mod

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB: Built in 1983, this gun is new and unfired in the original box. It has a fabulous highly figured stock and forend. The barrels are 261/2″ and are choked improved cylinder and modified. The gun weighs just 5-12 and balances between the hands. A great classic upland bird gun for the shooter or collectors.  Price: $6495

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB

Belgian Browning 20ga Superlite Over Under Shotgun NIB

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel ShotgunNice example of an early ’30’s Parker Brothers side by side shotgun.  Price: $3,499.99 
Manufactured: 1930.
Caliber: 20 Ga.

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Parker Brothers ~ VH ~ 20 Ga. ~ SxS ~ Double Barrel Shotgun

Chambers: Break action side by side.
Metal Condition: Very good with, barrel blueing is intact except for the very end of the muzzle, smoke/ case finish is mostly worn off of the receiver.
Wood Condition: Walnut pistol grip stock, clean checkering on the fore end and rear stock, several dings and small scratches.
Bore Condition: Bright and shiny.
Barrels: 28″ round Vulcan steel barrels.
Triggers: Double triggers.
Stock: 13″ LOP rear trigger, 14″ LOP front trigger.
Fore End: Satin walnut finish with checkering.
Butt Pad: Black synthetic butt pad.
Weight: 6.1 pounds.
Sights: Silver dot at the muzzle.
Chokes: Fixed chokes, both barrels are Modified.

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

James Woodward was one of the giants of British gunmaking. In 1872, he founded his firm–James Woodward & Sons. In 1948, after having built some of the finest doubles to ever come out of the UK, the company was sold to James Purdey & Sons. In the 76 years in between, Woodward built around 5000 guns. Even though the gun you see here is engraved Lang & Hussey, I’m almost certain it was made partly-or totally-by Mr. Woodward’s firm.

Why? Because it’s just too similar to one of Woodward’s most famous guns: the “Automatic”. It even has Woodward’s signature arcaded fences and T safety. And like all top-quality, hammerless Woodwards, it was made with Whitworth fluid-steel barrels.

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

The Woodward “Automatic” action was based on a design patented by J. Woodward and T. Southgate in 1876, and it cocks “automatically” when you open the gun by pushing forward on the lever wrapping over the triggerguard.

BTW: To learn more about James Woodward & Sons, check out James Woodward and the Vertical Double

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTORHere is rare Lang & Hussey 12 gauge under-lever sidelock non-ejector, built in 1898.  The receiver features beautiful border and acanthus scroll engraving, arcaded fences, side-clips, and gold-inlaid cocking indicators.  The number “4” is inlaid in gold on rib and tang.  The gun locks up tight, and has a doll’s head extension.  The 30″ barrels have 2 1/2″ chambers and shiny bores, choked .040/.040.  The rib is engraved: LANG & HUSSEY Ld. 102 NEW BOND STREET. LONDON. MADE OF SIR JOSEPH WHITWORTH’S FLUID PRESSED STEEL. The stock is very pretty French walnut, and has various dings and indentations, but is solid with no cracks.  It measures 1 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ x 14 1/4″ over a vintage solid red pad.  There is slight cast off.  The gun weighs 7 lbs 3 oz. Price: $2,600

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

LANG & HUSSEY UNDER-LEVER SIDELOCK NON-EJECTOR 12 GAUGE WOODWARD-STYLE SHOTGUN

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

Fads come and go. Back when these Parker Repros were being made, guys went nuts for short-barreled doubles with single triggers. Twenty-six inches was the preferred length for tubes. Anything longer was as passe as wearing a belt with suspenders.

Consequently, finding a Repro set up like this one is very hard to do. If you like what you see, get it. I bet this gun won’t be around long.

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set CasedParker Reproduction DHE 28 Gauge 2 Barrel Set – Cased.  Gun is in Near New  Overall Condition: fired very little, if at all.  Wood has exceptional grain with nice contrasting dark streaks and no off colored sapwood sometimes evident in other guns of this model.  Straight grip stock with splinter forearm and double triggers. Ready for a lifetime of service. Price: $7695

MakerParker Reproduction by Winchester
Gauge/Caliber: 28 Gauge
Barrels: 26″ & 28″
Chokes: 26 Q 1&2 – 28″ Mod & Full
Butt: Skeleton
L.O.P.: 14 3/4″
Weight: 5 lbs. 8.8 oz. w/ 28″ Bbls.  5 lbs. 7.4 oz w/26″ Bbls.
Stock Dimensions: 1 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 14 3/4 w neutral cast

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

Parker Reproduction DHE SxS 28 Gauge 2 Bbl. Set Cased, Double Triggers

Essential reading: Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

Essential reading: Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

I’ve been kicking around the upland world for a while. As my friends and covers get older, I wonder what will become of grouse and woodcock hunting. To keep it thriving, it’s important we to attract new voices and new perspectives. Both bring in new blood.

Through their videos, website, and now their first book, Project Upland offers readers and viewers fresh take on upland hunting, gun dogs, and fine shotguns. Last December, they approached me about writing an essay for their premier publication:  PROJECT UPLAND – THE BIRD HUNTING ANTHOLOGY – VOLUME 1.

The book came out a few weeks ago, and if you’re into bird hunting, it’s a must-read. It features lots of cool, full-color pics, and 10 essays with titles like The Quickest Path to Losing Hunting Partners, The Golden Hour, and, my piece, For the Heart. Here’s an excerpt. To read the whole thing, you’ll have to buy the book.

My essay in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

My essay in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

For the Heart

Love can be hard to understand, especially when it’s for anything other than babies, puppies, and ice cream. Of all the things I love about upland hunting—my Pointers flashing through the woods, the whirl of a flushing woodcock, the cidery smell of old apple trees—my lifelong affair with shotguns is the most difficult for me to comprehend.

I’m not from a family of hunters or shooters. My grandfather never killed a bird in his life. While my dad was a fisherman, he never even owned a gun or fired a rifle. And I didn’t grow up on a farm with cornfields or stands of Aspen outside my door. I grew up in Connecticut, down the street from a 7-Eleven and a strip mall anchored by a bar called the Amber Light Lounge & Cafe. But despite all this, bird hunting, and especially shotguns, have always been my thing…”

Me & my old Westley in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

Me & my old Westley in Project Upland: A Bird Hunting Anthology, Volume 1, No. 1

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