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The doubel barrel shotgun you see here is a head scratcher. While it sure looks like a Lefever and it’s made on a Lefever-pushlever-patent action, it was made by J.A. Prechtel. Who was J.A. Prechtel? I have no idea, and neither does anyone else. According to the inscription on the barrels, Prechtel was located in […]

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South Dakota is dying…

This is a sad story. It kicks me in the gut and makes me want to scream. Right now, one of the greatest places on earth to hunt wild game birds is dying. Across South Dakota, the double blow of drought and vanishing cover is wiping out the pheasants, sharptails, and huns. I’m sure it’s […]

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The area of Maine I’m hunting is big country. Outside my door are thousands of acres of  ground , and almost all of it is accessible. That’s great. But it does present a problem: Where the heck do you find birds? In such a big area to scout, you can spend days scouting for covers. […]

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Puck and I just got back from a couple hours of hunting. We hit a big woodcock spot up the road. I call it the Love/Hate cover – you love the looks of it and hate it when you’re in it. It’s a punishing spot, loaded with nasty tangles, gagging on alders, and loaded with […]

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Me and my dog…

As Puck and I get ready to go out the door, I’m reminded that she’s been one of the most constant and dependable parts of my life for over a decade. She’s eleven, and this will be out tenth season together. My life has changed a lot since then – jobs, friends, and family have […]

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Purdey 10 ga. Double Barrel Side-by-Side Shotgun: 31″ Whitworth chopperlump barrels with semi-concave game rib, 2-7/8″ chambers,1-1/2 oz proof, choked full/full (.039/.039), double triggers, and auto ejectors.  Large frame sideclipped third fastening action engraved in the traditional Purdey fine rose and scroll, retains 95% original rich case color hardening.  Stock of striking figured French walnut with rich black figure and […]

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It seems odd now, but 150 years ago the “hammerless” centerfire shotgun was a novel design. London’s Theophilus Murcott patented one in 1871, followed by Westley Richards in 1875. Over here in the US, Daniel Myron Lefever patented his lever-cocking, hammerless design in 1878. Soon after him,  Charles Sneider came out with the design you […]

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Well, over two weeks of busting my butt at work has worn me out. I meant to get in the field today, but a big opportunity knocked and my ambition answered, so I spent another day at the desk. But now all’s done. So tomorrow we’ll be heading up to bird camp. Sunday hunting is […]

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OK, so I’m still buried at work. But I saw this Browning pop up and I wanted to get it up for everyone to check out. It’s a 12 gauge Browning BSS Sporter with 28″ barrels. Browning BSS shotguns were made in that period when every American want short barrels. So 98% of the ones […]

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We live in an off-the-rack world. But you’re one of a kind, right? So sometimes it’s nice to have something that’s made just for you. I think that explains some of the popularity behind upgraded and customized classic American shotguns. Gunsmiths like Dewey Vicknair and Dennis Potter have earned a following for this kind of […]

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