January/February 2006


Unforgettable Uruguay
[Photoshoot] It's May south of the equator. Way south. In El Sauce, Uruguay. Fall here means ducks have begun migrating north-and hunters have traveled down to meet them. Like elsewhere, it's early to rise, early to set up, early to wait for the sun to shed light on the marsh and the spread and the wings

Photography by: Lee Thomas Kjos

The 'Champ' of Champlin Arms

George Caswell: Gun dealer, quail manager & fine sport

By: Clair Kofoed

Holloway & Naughton

A lesser-known name rivaling the 'best' in the business

By: John Ian Gregson

Charles Boswell Gunmaker

'Best' guns made with enthusiasm, emotion & soul

By: Douglas Tate

An Abundance of Snows

When there are snows, it rains on the Texas prairie

By: Bob McDill

Three Snipe & A New Year

Musings in the mud on mortality and more

By: Vic Venters

A Passion for Pigeons

To the UK, Paraguay & Africa in pursuit of pigeons

By: Clair Kofoed


From the Editor

Safari. Mention the word to any red-blooded hunter, and it conjures up images of faraway lands, foreign cultures and exotic game species. Most often the visions are of Africa, with its heavy-horned and sharp-toothed beasts-or for wingshooters, bulky fowl and waterhole strafers. Yet, safari plans don't

By: Ralph P. Stuart


A Joy to Read The story by Gary Kramer, "Driven Days with the Royal Habsburgs," in Septem-ber/October, was a joy to read. It is without question one of the best articles I've seen in Shooting Sportsman. Not only did it convey the ambiance of the shoot, but it also was a mini history lesson and was accompanied

Blizzard Boy

The year I turned 16, I quit the basketball team to hunt pheasants and never looked back. We had a tough winter that year, even by South Dakota standards. One Saturday in late November when a three-day blixxard ended the sunshine, I went hunting over the protest of my mother. The man on the kitchen radio

By: Chad Mason

The Secret to a Smooth Gunmount

The secret to a smooth gunmount is easy. Twofold: It's first, start the muzzle moving, and second, think slow down. That's all there is to it. But if you're to become convinced, a bit of explanation is no doubt necessary. The phrase "gunmount" may be where the trouble starts. Novice shotgunners,

By: Nick Sisley

Connecticut Shotgun 'Launches' New Side-By-Side

I keep trying to think of adjectives to describe the guns that Tony Galazan builds-accurate words that don't sound gushy. It's not easy. Connecticut Shotgun Manufacturing's guns are so bloody good that the right words are all superlatives. For the new RBL, the one that comes first to mind is remarkable.

By: Michael McIntosh

Brazen Hussey!

It was said that Henry J. Hussey was a rogue responsible for all manner of shameless shenanigans within the London gun trade. But 111 years after he left Holland & Holland to start his own business, his legacy is for guns of superb quality. The Hussey Imperial and the Woodward-like Ogden, Smith & Hussey

By: Douglas Tate

The New Pinless Bosis Michelangelo

During the past decade the Vintage Cup, held each fall by the Order of Edwardian Gunners, has always featured interesting displays of high-end guns. More personal and less harried than the more self-important shows, it's an ideal venue for makers of the best. To that end, at this past September's event

By: Bruce Buck

A Subdued Launch for a Major Gun

In a business where hyperbole and publicity-seekers are hardly unknown, Tony Galazan's first "public notice" of his major new American side-by-side was exceptionally understated-to the point of being enigmatic, even quixotic. As small as the fine-gun community is, it was no secret that something

By: Ed Carroll

Goodbye, Jack

He was my friend, my mentor, and companion in some escapades that neither of us wanted to see reported in the tabloids. Now he's gone, and I shall miss him for as long as I have the gift of remembrance. Jack Mitchell owned a great gift of his own. He was a splendid teacher. He taught shooting, taught

By: Michael McIntosh

Fine Gunmaking

Buehler & Tucker Gunmakers

By: Steven Dodd Hughes


Shooting Stars

By: Michael McIntosh

Shot Talk

The Nontoxic Explosion

By: Tom Roster

Hunting Dogs

Advice from Pro Trainers

By: George Hickox

Gun Review

The Blaser F3

By: Bruce Buck

Field Gear

Prudent Pack-Alongs

By: Tom Huggler

Book Review

Worthy Reads

By: Charles Fergus


On October 26 President George Bush achieved a policy milestone long sought by the firearms industry when he signed the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act," though challenges to the law have just begun. At press time the City of New York had opposed motions to dismiss its lawsuit against

By: Ed Carroll

Going Places

The High Lonesome Ranch

By: Ralph P. Stuart

The Major

Oh, the Humanity of It All

By: Galen Winter


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