July/August 2023

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This Season’s Shotguns

The year’s new crop of smoothbores

by Phil Bourjaily

A Driven-Shooting Primer

Some pointers for Guns bound for Britain

by Vic Venters

A Sporting Oasis

Brays Island Plantation keeps conservation at its core 

by Oliver Hartner

Getting Up for Duskys

Getting elevated for early-season dusky grouse

by Noah Davis


From the Editor

Introducing Shooting Sportsman’s new mascot

The Opener

A quail comes in for its close-up


Looking for loads, remembering Steve Grooms and more

To the Point

The importance of being safe in the field
by Tom Huggler

Game & Gun Gazette

The Vintage Gunners Cup, Krieghoff’s Gun of the Year, the Holland & Holland Quail Quintet, etc.

Gun Review

A stunning Arrizabalaga SLE Pigeon Gun
by Greg Carpiniello

Field Gear

Preseason purchasing for fall pursuits
by The Editors


The Gun Rack

The Browning Citori Composite: a do-all O/U 
by Joe Genzel


The glory of red grouse—driven or walked-up 
by Chris Batha

Shot Talk

What’s new in shotshells for 2023
by Tom Roster

Hunting Dogs

How to prevent—or stop—a retriever from breaking
by Jessie Richards

From the Bench

Demystifying the hand-rubbed oil finish
by Delbert Whitman Jr. & Reid Bryant

On the Cover

Beretta’s new 687 EELL Diamond Grade Sporting photographed by Terry Allen 

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