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Monthly Archive for May, 2012

The things we do for love…

Check it out. This short video shows male sharptail grouse having it out over some females. Pretty amazing footage.

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Two-inch twelve gauge shotguns have never been very popular. Designed to be full bodied substitutes for small bores, the two-inchers give you the light weight of a 20 gauge on the large sized frame of a twelve. The result is a sub six-pound side-by-side that fits better in a adult shooter’s hands. While it sounds […]

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In the world of bird-dogs, the Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer is still just a pup. With less than 60 years under its collar as a recognized line of Continental hunting dogs, it’s a pointer that’s still evolving and being defined. The Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer’s main ancestors are the Weimaraner, the German Wirehaired Pointer and the Cesky […]

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Here’s a quick alert on a couple double barrel shotguns I just came across. These guns are at Gunrunner Online Auctions and there are a few other nice side-by-side and over-unders there, too. -An A.H. Fox CE Grade, 20 ga. side by side shotgun with 26″ steel barrels, . Serial #201055, mfg. 1918. -Winchester Model […]

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The birth of the woodcock …

“Once upon a time,” the story is told, a covey of grey partridge roamed the plains of Zair. Among them a small, pitiful individual feebly vegetated while her powerful brothers and sisters ridiculed her, keeping the best grain and insects for themselves. To survive, the little partridge was reduced to seeking minute morsels of food […]

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  Here’s a side-by-side you don’t see every day. It’s a 20 gauge A.H. Fox CE double barrel shotgun and it’s being auctioned off at Little John’s on Wednesday, May 23. The C grade was Fox’s mid-grade gun. From one of their catalogs: “This is the grade that has made good everywhere. In every respect […]

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I don’t know a thing about Winchester Model 21s. Let me rephrase that. I know just enough about Winchester M21 to wonder if this 16 gauge with double triggers, 28″ barrels, and a straight grip is the real thing. I’ve seen all these features on other M21 double barrel shotguns, but I’ve never seen them […]

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Ninety percentĀ of the double barrel British shotguns we come across are standard UK 12 gauges. They weigh 6 1/2 – 6 3/4lbs, they have 2 1/2″ chambers, and they’re proofed for 1 1/8 ounces of shot. That’s what makes this double barrel special. With original 2 3/4″ chambers and being proofed for 1 1/4″oz of […]

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Masquelier is one of the oldest gunmakers in Belgium. Founded in 1876, they’ve been making shotguns, rifles, and pistols for well over a century now. The shotgun you see here is one of their higher-grade models. It’s a sidelock, and looks to me like it made was in the 1960s for the American market.

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The French love quirky shotguns. One of the quirkiest they’ve come up with is the sliding breech double barrel. Darne is the most popular maker of these side-by-sides. But there was another company who turned out doubles on the same odd-ball idea: Charlin. I’ve owned a couple Darnes and handled a few Charlins. For some […]

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