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Monthly Archive for September, 2017

  Shawn Kinkelaar is one of the top bird-dog handlers & trainers in the U.S. He started field trialling in the 1980s, and today he’s one of just two people who have won 100+ Open Horseback Championships–the World Series + Superbowl + Stanley Cup of bird-dog competitions. He has also won more National Dog of […]

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If you spend any time looking at old English and European guns, “proof” is something you’ll hear about. In Great Britain and throughout the continent, state-recognized “proof houses” test every new firearm built in, or imported into, that country. Basically, they do this by trying to blow the gun up. If it survives. this process […]

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For the past few years now, Project Upland has been turning out videos about bird hunting, gundogs, and the sentiments behind loving both. Their latest effort — Camp Thunderbird — releases today. Well shot, and with a good mix of hunting footage and why-we-hunt musings, it’s Project Upland’s best effort so far. If you have […]

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  PIOTTI KING ROYAL SXS 16 GAUGE: MADE 1999 28″ 010 AND 018 2 3/4 DOUBLE TRIGGER EJECTORS SPLINTER FOREARM ENGLISH GRIP CASED EXCELLENT CONDITION 6LBS 8 OZ X 2″ X 1 7/16″ X 15″ Price: $29,500 J. Purdey & Sons .303 Sidelock Side-by-Side Double Rifle: Beautifully made J. Purdey & Sons .303 sidelock non ejector double rifle. 25 […]

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I bet we would have liked Charles Davis. A dog breeder and grouse hunter, Mr Davis created “Shooting Around the Clock” back in 1920s to improve his shotgun skills and kill time between hunting seasons. By the ’30s, this game had evolved into Skeet and become the hottest shooting sport in the country. It had also become […]

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Here’s a great excuse to get a another double. This Beretta BL-3 is an awesome OU and just about perfect as-is for grouse and woodcock. The Garcia Corporation imported Beretta BLs in the ’60s & ’70s. Personally, I think they’re better over-unders than the 686s and other boxlock models Beretta built afterwards. For a long […]

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  Holland & Holland Royal .577 Nitro Express Side-by-Side Double Rifle: Cased. Hensoldt-Wetzlar Diasta 4×32 scope. Price: $124,500  Serial Number: 35242 Caliber: 577 Ejectors: Yes Barrels: 23 inches Action: RE Triggers: Double Triggers Stock Comb: 1 5/8 inches Stock Heel: 3 1/8 inches Fore End: Splinter Butt Pad: 7/8 inches LOP: 14 1/4 inches Weight: 12 lbs. 5 ounces William Young, Bury St Edmunds, S’folk. Exceptional 19-bore double barreled flintlock sporting […]

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Here’s a tough shotgun to find. It’s an 8 gauge waterfowler by an American “maker” named Patrick Mullin, and it’s on a Henry-Jones Patent action. It was probably built in 1870s. In its day, this big-bore shotgun was far too expensive to be used by a commercial hunter as a “market gun”. Instead, a wealthy […]

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Field Trials are great places to see other dogs and meet other dog folks. The New England Bird Dog Club held their August field trial a few weeks ago and plenty of both were there. I ran Lexi and Sky, but we didn’t have any luck. Lexi ran twice, but on her first try she […]

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Hold on. Grouse season and autumn are getting closer every day…

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