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Monthly Archive for March, 2012

Guy De La Valdene on spring…

Bursts like this one where Valdene rifts on spring lift Making Game from reportage and into the world of art. “Spring probes the imagination by tacking from gloom to color, from apathy to the naivete of revery, and by insinuating an inkling of clairty into the dull haze of hibernation. Her promise of life, of […]

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Fusco Auctions in Willoughby, OH, has this handful of  shotguns going off tonight, starting at 5:30pm. Here are a couple that caught my eye:   Winchester M21 20g Marholdt Over Under .375 Double Rifle, 12 gauge Shotgun 2 barrel set A new-looking, 16g Fox A grade (it’s not a Sterly, the auctioneer has it wrong)

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I’ve read Guy De La Valdene’s book Making Game last week and I’m going to share a few quotes here of the next few days. If you enjoy them, I suggest reading the  entire book. It’s well worth it. “The Seneca Indians believed that the Creator made the woodcock from the leftover parts of every […]

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Bird hunters have always cross-bred dogs with the hopes of creating better four-legged companions. The Braque Français is a perfect example of this process. In Craig Koshyk’s superb book Pointing Dogs: Volume One, The Continentals, he explains how hunters modified this breed and developed two types of pointing dogs with a shared ancestry and the […]

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The stuff that comes with vintage double barrel shotguns is almost as cool as the guns themselves. Leather cases, oil bottles, snap caps — they’re part of the history and magic of a vintage firearm. Here are some interesting accessories that are Ebay now. One of them may be just right for your old side […]

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Check out the stock on this 12 gauge L.C. Smith Specialty Grade double barrel shotgun. That gun look’s all original, so I’d say the stock is factory work. Those stock dimensions had to be custom order. I can’t imagine anyone ordering a gun like that today.

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The French have always been inventive gunmakers. Pauly, Lefecheaux and Darne gave the world some unique ideas on how double barrel shotguns could be made. Manufacture d’ Armes de Saint Etienne did the same thing. Their Ideal shotguns was another unique contribution to history of side by sides. Ideal-model shotguns were introduced in 1887 and I think they were […]

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How much would you pay for a 4 gauge double barrel shotguns? For one person, the answer was $86,250.00. That’s what this 4 bore Dickson brought the other day at Julia’s March 2012 auction. With 42″ barrels, and weighing in at over 22 pounds, this gun is a beast. Eccentric British collector Charles Gordonhad it […]

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Sixteen  gauge Lefevers are hard to find. Real hard. All together, the Lefever Arms Co. made fewer than 7500 of them (Fox made 30,000+ double barrel shotguns in 16 gauge, Parker and L.C. Smith cranked out far more). So I get excited when I see a 16 gauge Lefever like this one. At first glance, […]

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Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P. Malloy hates pheasant hunters. Or at least he doesn’t think they should do much pheasant hunting in his state. Malloy’s 2013 budget proposes cutting the $160,000 used to stock state land with pheasants. For most people in Connecticut, this would mean an end to all upland hunting in their state. You […]

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