Sorry, and a report on 2014 Orvis Game Fair and Country Sports weekend…

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
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