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Monthly Archive for December, 2012

The “proofing” of individual firearms is something we’ve never really done here the US. But in the UK, Europe, and in other parts of the world, proofing is a process required by law and carried out by independent “proof houses”. This video takes an interesting look at William Powell, and it worhships the usual gods […]

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Here’s a side-by-side shotgun that won’t be around for long: an Italian 8 Gauge SxS, Made in 1962. In 1918, the US Federal Government made it illegal for anyone to use an eight gauge shotgun to hunt waterfowl and other federally-listed migratory game birds. Later, many states restricted hunting shotguns to 10 gauge and smaller. […]

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I’ve never really hunted ducks. I would like to try it, and this video shows why. I love the sight of those ducks coming in to those decoys. It sure looks like a lot of phone. Check it out.

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I think it’s going go! I’ve been watching this real nice little Orvis/Arrieta 20 gauge for a while now. It has been on Gunbroker.com for at least 6 months, and I’ve plugged it a couple of times as a great deal. But no matter what I’ve done, it just sat there. No interest. Well, it […]

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Charles Daly “made” some of my favorite double-barrel shotguns. I say “made” because Charles Daly was an importer and a marketer, not an actual gunmaker. Starting around 1875, he formed a partnership with¬†August Shoverling and together they imported firearms under name “Charles Daly”. Most of these side-by-sides were made in the Suhl region of Prussia, […]

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I’m a big fan of Guyot shotguns, and I’ve written about these doubles here, here, and here. Just about every Guyot side-by-side that I’ve seen has been very well made, from the lower-end boxlocks to the top-of-line sidelocks. The sidelock here is an another example of just how much skill went into Guyot’s best double […]

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Browning’s O/Us are some of the most popular double barrel shotguns ever made. John Browning’s famous Superposed shotguns was introduced in 1931, and in 1973 the Browning company introduced their Citori line of O/Us. Since then, Browning Citoris have earned a reputation as a well made double that delivers a lot of quality at a […]

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Locks make a shotgun go bang. When you pull the trigger, the locks drop the hammer, hit the firing pin, and set off the shell. This quick video gives you a good look at some Holland & Holland pattern sidelocks- the kind of locks used on some of the finest side-by-side shotguns in the world. […]

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I’ve always wanted a 28-gauge shotgun. I’m not sure why. Twenty-eight gauge ammo is expensive, and light 20g loads are as effective (and cheaper). But when it comes to wanting something,¬† I usually don’t let things like sound reasoning and sense get in the way. So if I had the money, I’m know I could […]

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Here’s a good look at how Holland & Holland turns out best-quality side-by-side and over/under shotguns today.

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