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Sporting vendors and crowds at the event

Sporting vendors and crowds at the event

It has been a busy month for me – work, getting ready for the hunting season, walking Lexi, keeping the wife happy with non gun/dog related activities, writing, etc. All this has left me with little time for Dogs & Doubles. I’m trying to do better, though., and I’ll do all I can to be more consistent with my posts in the month to come.

Lexi and I headed down to Orvis’s Game Fair and Country Sports Weekend last Saturday. The event was at the Sandanona Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, NY — a very nice place north of New York City. It seemed to be well attended, with a mix of hunters, gun folks, outdoorsy types, and people curious to find out what it was all about.

There were a lot of guns on display, plus dog demos, shooting, and other events. Overall, it was a fun time, and I’m already looking forward to next year. This event does a great job of welcoming new people into shooting and exposing them to fine doubles. I hope Orvis continues it for years to come.

I saw a couple interesting doubles, some new, some old. The Merkel Paragon pictured here was one of them. It was absolutely stunning – a 20g sidelock with 32″ bbls, built on a Merkel 303 actioin. I know Merkel offered these guns in the late ’20s. I think they were the highest grade offered to the American market, This is the only one I’ve seen – or anyone else I know has seen. It was an absolutely spectacular shotgun.

Nice looking 20g Fox Sterlingworth seen at Orvis's Game Fair Weekend

Nice looking 20g Fox Sterlingworth seen at Orvis’s Game Fair Weekend

CSMC RBLs at Orvis's Game Fair Weekend

CSMC RBLs at Orvis’s Game Fair Weekend

Merkel Paragon O/U @ Orvis's Game Fair Weekend

Merkel Paragon O/U @ Orvis’s Game Fair Weekend

Merkel Paragon O/U @ Orvis's Game Fair Weekend

Merkel Paragon O/U @ Orvis’s Game Fair Weekend

2 Responses to “Sorry, and a report on 2014 Orvis Game Fair and Country Sports weekend…”

  1. Barrett says:

    Thanks for the update on the Game Fair. Would have loved to come up and say hello but this was the only weekend my hunting buddy could make it for early black bear season in Vermont.
    Curious to hear how the market was for used doubles- much to choose from on the lower box lock end? Or just show pieces? I would like to try and attend next year with the intent of finding a good working double.
    And what was the Covey Rise outfit that you represented? I saw many businesses under that name.
    Thanks for the report!

  2. Gregg says:

    Hey, Barret-

    No problem. Did you have any luck with the bears? How were you hunting them?

    I don’t think there were many guns sold at the Orvis event. I think it’s a better place to get your name out and find new customers. I’m sure the Vintagers event this past weekend was a better venue for selling stuff.

    I think the market is pretty soft all around – especially for vintage SxSs.

    Covey Rise is a magazine:

    https://www.coveyrisemagazine.com/

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