Here’s something you don’t see every day. It’s a pair of automatons in the shape of flintlock pistols. Automatons are machines that run on their own mechanics, without electrical or other sources of external power. These automatons were made in Switzerland around 1820 and Christie’s is auctioning them off next week. They’re estimated to bring [...]
Monthly Archive for May, 2011
The US and the UK: we both pursue game birds. We just do it in very different ways. Over here we hunt, in the UK they shoot. But on both sides of the Atlantic, well trained dogs are essential to having a good time and doing things right. Take a look at this video to [...]
Posted in ENJOYING BOTH on May 20th, 2011
The sad, sad story of the demise of the bobwhite quail continues. Here’s a link to a recent piece in the New York TImes about the quail’s disappearance and about attempts to make them appear again. Restoring Tradition of Quail Hunting By JAMES CARD Published: May 18, 2011 Bobwhite quail are one of the most [...]
Posted in DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS on May 15th, 2011
I’ve been on a big-bore kick for a little while now, and seeing a couple 4 gauge and 8 gauge double-barrel shotguns at the Southern has fed this obsession of mine. While I’m not sure what I would do with one, I’m beginning to think that I can’t live without an 8 gauge side by [...]
Posted in HUNTING DOGS on May 13th, 2011
Here’s a nice video of some English Pointers working pheasants. It looks like the birds are running. The dogs handle the birds well. I love that Montana cover, and I miss it. I wish I could make it out there this fall. Enjoy.
Best-quality guns are all about the little details – the shape of the drop points, the fit of the forend, the shaping of the fences, and the composition of the engraving. At the Southern a few weeks ago, I saw an unusual gun that hit all these little things out of the park. It was [...]
Posted in DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS on May 10th, 2011
Live within driving distance of Washington, Missouri? Then you may be able to get a deal on a double barrel shotgun or even a rifle. M. R. Clark Auction is having a firearms auction this Saturday, 5/14, starting at 9am. It looks there are some nice side by sides there, including: Rizzini 410 O/U shotgun-straight grip-high, Merkel Double [...]
When it comes to collecting vintage shotgun, there are three things I focus on: condition, condition, & condition. Take a look at the hammer prices in an auction catalog and you’ll see why: original condition holds its value and sells, and I want to buy side-by-side shotguns that are going to be worth more in [...]
Posted in DOUBLE BARREL SHOTGUNS on May 5th, 2011
There were a lot of guns at the Southern SxS, probably over a thousand, and I think I saw most of them. Lots of nice guns, some great guns, but only one awesome gun. It was this E.M. Reilly 4 gauge side-by-side double barrel shotgun. In all original condition and with most of it’s original [...]
I just got back from the 2011 Southern Side by Side spring gathering. This event takes place outside of Sanford, NC, and it was a great time–good people, great weather, and lots of fantastic guns. Below is my grand photo gallery from the event. Sit back and enjoy.