September/October 2006


Mazur's Magic

The transformation of a Model 21

By: J. Marc Pipas MD

A Dash of Sage
[Photoessay] It's a recipe for sage grouse success. Take one vast, open landscape. Sprinkle liberally with sagebrush. Add some spring rain-but not too much. Bake in the Wyoming heat for the summer. Once cool, carve out an ample slice of territory. Apply a wide-ranging pointing dog. Cover thoroughly.

Photography by: Clair Kofoed

The Sunflower Saga

Sowing the seeds of dove shooting success-or not

By: Bob McDill

The Shotguns of Fausti Stefano

The 'gun sisters': poised to take American by storm

By: Larry Brown

Mississippi Mixer

Ducks at Beaver Dam, quail at Fitch Farms

By: John Taylor

Matched Pair in Argentina

Glory-day Greeners reborn in the dove fields

By: Russ Gould

Farming for Pheasants

At E Circle E Hunting Farms, it's all about the habitat

By: Chad Mason

The 'Son' Also Rises

Celebrating 'best' craftsmanship at William & Son

By: Vic Venters

Bobwhites in the Shinnery

Oklahoma quail hunting to do a heart good

By: Geoffrey Norman

Old School

Three dog-training greats who inspired a nation

By: Tom Davis


From the Editor

In July/August, when I announced that we were looking for a new Advertising Sales Representative, I missed a great opportunity to boast about why we had a job opening in the first place: the promotion of Thierry Bombeke to Associate Publisher. Odds are, anyone who has advertised with SSM in the past

By: Ralph P. Stuart


Picking Nits Thanks again for another excellent issue of a great magazine. Admittedly, the first portion of July/August that I read was the Letters column. With regard to Mr. Pazereskis' letter, I personally enjoyed the recent article on Krieghoff ("The House of Krieghoff," May/June). Thanks to Uncle

Me Speak English Good One Day

It is unfortunate for the "special relationship" that Britain and America are presumed to speak the same language. Everyone from Oscar Wilde to Winston Churchill has observed that the two countries are separated by a common tongue; inevitable really, as English has evolved differently in both

By: Douglas Tate

A Vintage Presentation

For double-gunners, the Vintage Cup can mean many things: a fine venue and superb shooting, "best" guns and goods, and wonderful camaraderie among shooters and guests. It's also about knowledge and a chance to share tent time with-and learn from-some of the world's great gunmakers and craftsmen

By: Vic Venters

A Paradox Revisited

For some , the term "military intelligence" is the ultimate paradox—seemingly contradictory but nonetheless true. Yet some soldiers are unquestionably bright. Col. Vincent Fosbury V.C., for example, won the Empire's hightest award for gallanry, having retaken a mountaintop from Pashtun

By: Douglas Tate

The Vintage Cup at 10

This year's Vintage Cup will be the last at the Orvis Sandanona Shooting Grounds.

By: Ed Carroll

The Resurrection of RST, Ltd.

Great news for double-gunners everywhere: After more than a year's hiatus, RST shells are back in production and once again available. Since being founded in the early 1990s, RST, Ltd., has developed a loyal -some say fanatical-following among shooters, particularly those seeking American factory-made,

By: Vic Venters

Purdey's to Reintroduce 20-Bore Hammergun

Five years ago James Purdey & Sons teamed up with Griffin & Howe and took the art of gunmaking back to the early part of the 20th Century when they launched a limited run of new 12-bore Purdey hammerguns-the first new hammerguns to leave Purdey's London factory in about 70 years. "When we began

By: Vic Venters

Fine Gunmaking

Geoffroy Gournet, Engraver

By: Steven Dodd Hughes


Being as One

By: Michael McIntosh

Sporting Clays

The Fatigue Factor

By: Barry G. Davis

Shot Talk

New Shells for '06

By: Tom Roster

Hunting Dogs

Pro Tips on Training Retrievers

By: George Hickox

Gun Review

The Kimber Marias

By: Bruce Buck

Field Gear

New Finds for the Uplands

By: Tom Huggler

Book Review

Bird Works

By: Charles Fergus


Caesar Guerini USA announced recently a new limited-run series of its over/ unders available exclusively through Cabela's Gun Libraries. The new offering is based on Guerini's Tempio Field and Sporting Series shotguns, with hand-polished, coin-finished receivers; bright blued barrels; and a special fine

By: Ed Carroll

The Major

Getting Help

By: Galen Winter

Guns of the Concours

A California Upland Classic

By: Roger Sanger

and Steve Helsley


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