January/February 2005


The Merkel Story, Part II

Touring the factory and a look to the future

By: Clair Kofoed

Atkin Grant & Lang

FIRST SPREAD: Tradition. It goes with "best" gunmaking like tea goes with crumpets. And no name is more steeped in it than Atkin Grant & Lang. Amalgamation is the key. Three of history's top makers-Joseph Lang & Son, Stephen Grant & Son, and Henry Atkin, Ltd.-were joined in 1960, and they remain under

Photography by: Terry Allen

The Fine Art of Forgetting

Of shooting sitting grouse and selective memory

By: Dave Crehore

Quail Hunting Down Under

Chasing stubble quail in kangaroo country

By: Worth Mathewson

Pigeons in Plaid

The challenge of wood pigeons in central Scotland

By: Bob McDill

Philip Ollendorff, Gun & Rifle Maker

Anglo-influences in the Austrian Alps

By: Clair Kofoed

Boss is Back

Celebrating two centuries of racy conservatism

By: Douglas Tate


From The Editor

The 2005 Safari Club International Convention, from January 26 to 29 in Reno, will be the eighth at which Shooting Sportsman has exhibited. As always, we're looking forward to visiting with advertisers, meeting readers and handing out magazines to the uninitiated. The convention is a great way to jump-start

By: Ralph P. Stuart


Autoloading Thoughts I really enjoyed Bruce Buck's article on 20-gauge autoloaders ("The Argentina Gun," Nov/Dec), which I, too, prefer for the huge volume of shooting found in Argentina. It delivers a sufficient payload for doves and decoyed ducks without overly damaging one's cortex. Having shot autoloaders

Fitting Advice for Over/Unders & Side-by-Sides

In olden times the art of gunfitting was no doubt simpler than it is today. With some exceptions, it was mostly practiced on one side of the Atlantic (Britain's) and for one type of gun: a side-by-side with double triggers designed for shooting game.

By: Vic Venters

Wingshooting News

New Gun Fees in Effect for Argentine Travel Wingshooters planning an Argentina adventure may want to check with their booking agents regarding recent changes that have some questioning the country's reputation as a welcoming shooting destination. Depending on who you ask, there has been a rising "hassle

Fine Gunmaking

Custom Fox Shotguns

By: Steven Dodd Hughes



By: Michael McIntosh

Shot Talk

Velocity Considerations, Part I

By: Tom Roster

Hunting Dogs

Tips & Hints

By: George Hickox

Field Gear

Travel Take-Alongs

By: Tom Huggler

Gun Review

Turkish Delights

By: Bruce Buck

Book Review

Gun Stuff

By: Charles Fergus


In the follow-up to the obituary for Texas rancher Gwynne Lundgren (Sept/Oct '04, p. 20), we inadvertently provided the wrong telephone number for Oak Knoll Ranch. Readers trying to book turkey, deer or quail hunts at the Ranch are asked to call or fax 325-396-4599. That number rings at the nearby home

By: Ed Carroll

The Major

What to do with Woodcock

By: Galen Winter

Guns of the Concours

A Gift and a Blessing

By: Roger Sanger

and Steve Helsley


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