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Monthly Archive for January, 2012

Saving bobwhite quail in Texas…

Here’s a little video about how drought and habit loss is impacting  bobwhite quail populations in Texas. Not too cheery. I hope it starts to rain. almost as much as I hope people stop ruining quail habitat.

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Let’s celebrate one of America’s finest gunmakers: Patrick Mullin. Don’t feel bad, most people have never heard of him. Patrick Mullin’s double barrel shotguns were some of the finest ever made on this side of the Atlantic.  This 8 gauge, 11lb 5oz., percussion shotgun with 33″ barrels is an excellent example of his work. It glows […]

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The history of the modern pointing dog is convoluted and tangled. The further into its past you go, and the more clouded its lineage becomes. People believed that Spain’s Burgos Pointer was the great-great-great-great grandaddy of them all, a dog that could trace it’s origin back to the beginnings of pointing breeds over 600 years ago. […]

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Browning Superposed shotguns are tough to beat. They’re a reliable, time-tested design and one of the few “vintage” shotguns with dimensions that most guys can shoot well. If you’re looking for a solid, dependable shooter, this 12 gauge double barrel Browning is worth a bid: Fifty years from now, guys will lust after original 20 […]

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The Easy Way to Clean a Quail…

I saw this on a great blog called Uplandbirdhunter.com. Check it out. I’m sure you could use the same technique to a grouse. OF course, you need to do something with those quail once they’re cleaned. You could even bring the ingredients along with you and do this in the field: Enjoy. www.dogsanddoubles.com

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W. & C. Scott was one of the most important gunmakers of the last 200 years.  In the their history they came up with many different designs for doubles. One of the quirkiest was the Quintuple Grip system you can see on this shotgun. This system combined a standard Purdey-bolt with two bolts on the outside of […]

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Boss’s Vertical Gun…

Over and Under double barrel shotguns don’t seem innovative to us. But back in the 1920s, shotguns with stacked barrels were still a new idea to most shooter. This old add from Boss shows how they sold these new-fangled things. I like the “Vertical Gun” description, as well as the claims of “Perfect and quicker […]

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Gun Auctions can be great place to buy double barrel shotguns — if you know what you’re doing. And I really mean “if”. Auctioneers need to get as much as they can for every lot in their sale. Buyers need all the information they can get.  This sets up a sort of cat-and-mouse game. And […]

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Here’s a quick little video that shows Ann Jandernoa of Northwind Enterprises explaining some things to look for when you’re trying to find grouse. Ann is a grouse wizard. Puck and I hunted with her in the fall of ’04 and she really knows her stuff. If you want to learn more about grouse, grouse […]

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Woodward Over & Under shotguns make me crazy. They are one of the most elegant double barrel shotguns every made — without a doubt — and the ones I’ve handled have been some of the finest shotguns I’ve ever seen. James Woodward & Sons introduced their Over & Under in 1913 (Boss’s came out in […]

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