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Monthly Archive for September, 2011

Eight gauge L.C. Smiths are rare double barrel shotguns. I don’t know the exact figures on how many were made, but I bet it’s under 50 all together. These side by sides were made as waterfowlers, hunting that can be hard on guns, so mot of the one I’ve seen have been in fair condition. […]

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Here’s a rare American double barrel shotgun for you to check out. It’s a 20g A.H. Fox Sterlingworth Skeet & Upland game. Skeet & Upland Games were a subset of Fox’s Sterlingworth line. Introduced in 1935, they were offered in 12, 16 & 20 gauge, and with 26″ & 28″ barrels. You can read more […]

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Work!  It really gets in the way. If I didn’t need the money, I wouldn’t go. It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the office, so I’ve had little time for being here (or in the field). BUT tomorrow is October 1 — the best time of the year –and I’ll be out  bright and early, […]

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The rise of the tail…

You’ve heard it before: England and America are two countries separated by a common language. They have bespoke, we have custom. They have lorries, we have trucks. Differences like this occur in the gun world, too. The Brits shoot; we hunt. They wear tweed; we wear blaze. And their pointers and setters point with flat […]

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A W.W. Greener with a straight grip and a top safety is one of the double-barrel shotguns on my current want list.  Nice Greeners are pretty easy to find. Greener made tons of guns, and many of them were imported into the US. Right now, there are at least a half dozen nice ones on […]

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Leg o’Mutton gun cases go with American double barrels like peanut butter goes with honey. Shotgun retailers have been selling these cases for almost one hundred years. Most of the ones on the used market were made with a layer of fiberboard sandwiched between leather and felt. This fiberboard gives the cases their rigidity. Over […]

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Here’s something you don’t see every day: Two W. & C. Scott Premier shotguns, both circa 1891. Premiers were Scott’s standard top of the line shotgun and in their day they were as expensive as a Purdey or Boss. What makes these two even more interesting is their prices: the more original one is barely […]

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I headed up to visit my mutt this past weekend. Puck has been at Wildwind Kennels for pre-season conditioning and bird work since August. This was my first visit since drop-off day. She went nuts when she saw me — clawing at her kennel, running around in circles when I let her out, barking the […]

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The fall gun-auction season is here. It kicks off on Friday with Rock Island Auctions and runs through the weekend with Redding’s Auction Service having a nice sale on Sunday. -9/9, 9/10 & 9/11 @ Rock Island Auctions, Rock Island, IL There are lots of good guns here, including almost 50 double barrel shotguns. This […]

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Just when I’m heading back to South Dakota for the season opener…. PHEASANT COUNTS DECLINE FROM HISTORIC HIGHS, BUT STILL GOOD PIERRE, S.D. – Pheasant brood counts indicate that pheasant numbers in South Dakota have returned to levels below the remarkable high counts of the past few years. However, the pheasant population in the main part […]

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