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Monthly Archive for July, 2011

The Lefever Arms Co. turned out some of the nicest double barrel shotguns ever made in America. From 1880 to 1919 they made close to 70,000 side-by-sides. Of all these guns, 20 gauges like this one that was just on Gunbroker are the hardest to find. This 20 gauge is an E-grade–a middle-grade model for […]

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Old hunting pictures are great ways to see how things used to be done. Take a look at these pics to see what I mean. This first one is of a English Pointer. Take a look at how low the dog’s tail is. It was only later in the 20th century that pointers were bred […]

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Time for a check-cord check up…

What could be simple than a check cord? It’s just a chunk of rope. You attach it to your dog and train away. Of course, ┬áit’s not that simple. There are right and wrong ways to use this training essential. Here are a couple articles that point out some of those dos and don’t. If […]

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Ammo for an 8 gauge…

A bunch of ammo for an 8 gauge shotgun. I know, it doesn’t seem very impressive. But I challenge you to find some 8g ammo, especially modern stuff loaded with Bismuth. Try and you’ll understand why seeing a pile of it is so unusual. Eight gauges went out of favor in the US at the […]

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American used to be full of gunmakers, especially toward the end of the 19th century. From the big boys like Colt and Winchester to tiny guys like Krider and Tonks, these operations turned out everything from mass-produced pistols to top quality, custom made double-barrel shotguns. Joseph Jakob was one of these tiny guys. Based on […]

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Last fall I headed down to Addieville East Game Farm to prepare an article for Shooting Sportsman magazine. Well, my article just came out, and here are some of the pics the magazine didn’t use. The pups are Elhews from Chokebore Kennels. The other dogs are from Addieville, including those great looking English Cockers.

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Here’s are an example of something that drives me nuts: crappy metal-to-metal fit. You see this on all kinds of guns, from the cheapest to the most expensive. Sometimes it’s because of age, sometimes it’s because of a poor repair, and other times it ‘s from plain shitty craftsmanship. First, lets start with how things […]

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Belgium used to be the world’s gunmaker. Up until World War II, tens of housands of people worked around Liege turned out everything from military rifles and cheap pistols to the very finest sporting arms. One “gunmaker” doing this type of work was H. Mahillon. I say “gunmaker” because I’m not sure how much making […]

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So it’s 1932. While everyone else was wiped out in the 1929 crash, you made out like Jesse Livermore and you’re rich. You’re also a hunter–birds, deer, maybe a bear–and you’re thinking it’s time for some nice double barrel shotguns and rifles. So what do you do? How about placing some orders with Holland & […]

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