May/June 2020

May/June 2020

Our annual “Hunting Dogs Issue” is an ode to shorthairs as well as all of the other gundogs that run our lives. We hope you enjoy it with a four-footed friend.

Shotgunning in the Automatic Mind: The Guide for Shotgunners and Instructors

Shotgunning in ‘the Zone’

Shotgunning in the Automatic Mind: The Guide for Shotgunners and Instructors offers a premise that is hard to argue with: that success requires a shooter to shoot in “the zone”

Heartland Lodge

The Making of Heartland Quail

After years spent longing for bygone days, Gary Harpole started looking closer at some of the farms he had frequented as a youth and saw enough potential to bring back an old-fashioned-family-farm style of hunting.

Smith & Torok case

Making a Case for Cases

With the days of sliding one’s best gun into a fleece-lined slip and chucking it into the back of an SUV being long gone, casing today’s high-art guns—together with the equipage that comes with them—provides new opportunities for the style-conscious sport.

Left: Robin Brown removes a packed pot from the kiln and heads for the cold-water quench. Right: an action body freshly imbued with color and a hardened surface.

Color Case Hardening

Finishing is a defining element of fine British gunmaking: a dash of scroll on the locks, the deep luster of an oil-rubbed stock and the rich blacking of the barrels. But perhaps even more significant is the color case hardening, which is the icing on the cake and serves to both protect and provide a splash of color where none otherwise would exist.

Pine Hill Plantation

Pine Hill Plantation Trip

Shooting Sportsman’s Readers and Writers Adventures will be kicking off the year 2021 with a visit to reader favorite Pine Hill Plantation, in Donalsonville, Georgia, from February 18 to 22.

Buchan’s New Firelock

Buchan’s New Firelock

If you associate Scottish gunmaking with trim round-actions, you are not alone. However, for those who champion a broader view of Caledonian firearms, there is Buchan Guns, which offers both an Italian-style triggerplate over/under and a London-style sidelock designed, built and finished in Scotland.

Skeet Skills

Sharpening Skeet Skills

It’s hard to believe that a clay-shooting game that is now enjoyed around the world and has achieved the high bar of any sport—a place at the Olympic Games—was invented by a couple of grouse hunters in Massachusetts.