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L.C. Smith shotguns get bad raps. Cracked stocks – that’s the most common criticism you’ll here about them. Finicky single triggers – that’s the other complaint people bring up all the time. While there’s some truth to these charges, the really only apply the post-1913 LCs. Before then, these side-by-side were much more trouble free. […]

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The famous engraver Henry Albert Kell, aka Harry Kell, is one of the most famous individuals to emerge from England’s  sporting-arms trade. Born in 1880, he was apprenticed to the trade in 1894. By 1900, his training was complete and he was engraving for his dad’s firm – Sanders & Kell. Between the wars, Harry […]

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James Woodward & Sons O/U are one of the finest double-barrel shotguns ever created. Patented in 1913, Woodward made his legendary O/U for 35 years — right up to his company’s end in 1948. In that time, he  turned out just 225 of them. Just 41 of those O/Us were made in 16 gauges. That […]

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Spring is the time grab the O/U, head out to the sporting clays field, and work on your shooting. Here’s a little primer to get you ready. Check out these four tips from Dave Miller and CZ USA and learn about Break Areas, Focal Points, Hold Points, and Body Positions. Bust those clays!

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If you’re into nice shotguns, James D. Julia’s firearms auctions are a big deal. Held in the spring and fall, these sales bring some of the world’s finest shotguns and rifles to market. This J.P Sauer Deluxe side-by-side is one of those great shotguns. Doubles like this rarely hit the open market. If you’re a […]

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High Prairie Outfitters offers world-class wingshooting in Saskatchewan. Check out his video to see some great footage of their sharptail grouse and hungarian partridge hunting. High Prairie Outfitters Upland Bird Hunts from Dan Wennerlind on Vimeo.

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Of all the classic American shotgun makers, the Lefever Arms Co. made the fewest dobules. From 1880 to 1919, the company turned out around 65,000 side by sides. Of these, 20 gauge Lefevers are on of the hardest gauges to find, and nice 20 gauge Lefevers like this with original 28″ barrels are super hard […]

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When it comes to high-end side-by-sides, Purdey is the name most people know. The one you see here is a 20 gauge, built on the company’s famous Beesley-patent action. It’s a modern gun, built in the early ’90s, and it’s in fantastic original condition. A friend of mine was kind enough to show me see […]

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My latest piece for Sporting Shot came out last week. Sporting Shot is the online brother of Shooting Sportsman magazine; my piece is about a spectacular collection of shotguns and rifles that I discovered last year. The 12 gauge Daniel Fraser & Co. shotguns you see here are from that collection. As you can see, […]

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Check it out — winter pheasants in South Dakota. Great dogs wood, great birds. And its all on public land.

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