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Posted on Jan 3, 2023

Growing up in a somewhat remote area, shooting sports were always important to me. First, it was with a Daisy Model 100 single shot BB gun that was cocked like a break action single barrel or double barrel firearm. Placing one BB in the muzzle completed the operation.

An Old Timer That Still Works

Posted on Nov 30, 2022

Is it possible that a product that predates cell phones, Facebook, and the EPA could still be taken seriously? As Gabby Hayes would have said, “Yur durn tootin!”

The Illinois Shooter Fall 2022

Posted on Oct 13, 2022

Featuring an article published in The Illinois Shooter Fall 2022 issue written by Jim House.

The Winchester Model 12: The Perfect Repeater

Posted on Oct 3, 2022

Introduced in 1912, the Winchester Model 1912 shotgun soon became known simply as the Model 12. Early in the production period of over half a century, the Model 12 was called “The Perfect Repeater.”

A Tale of Two Kimbers

Posted on Sep 6, 2022

While I was holding the Kimber something made a light go on or perhaps something in my subconscious snapped. In either case I knew that I wanted a Kimber .45 Auto.

The Remington Trio

Posted on Aug 3, 2022

I grew up being very fond of Winchester firearms. The .22 I used during my youth was a Winchester Model 90 pump that shot .22 Shorts. The rifles that were used in the western movies that were so popular during my youth were Winchesters. The legendary Winchester Model 70 centerfire was introduced in the same year I was born.

A Memory Maker

Posted on Jul 25, 2022

Firearms last a long time and as a result they are frequently passed down from generation to generation. I am sure that many people have such special pieces even if they are no longer used for hunting or recreation. In my gun safe there is such an item.

Mounting Problems

Posted on Jun 8, 2022

There is no shortage of problems and the list seems to get longer on a daily basis. When it comes to shooting sports, one problem is the availability of ammunition and reloading components. However, problems may also arise when trying to get the right combination of rifle and scope.

Mossberg Makeover

Posted on Mar 15, 2022

The stock and forearm of the Mossberg were smooth and rather plain so to make the rifle elegant I turned to Boyds for the remedy. The wood furniture chosen consisted of stock and forearm made of XX walnut and with the field checkering pattern.

My .270 Winchester Does It All

Posted on Feb 16, 2022

Introduced in 1925, the .270 Winchester might be considered to be an “old” cartridge, but with a working pressure as high as 65,000 psi the .270 can be loaded to drive a 130-grain bullet over 3000 ft/sec or a 150-grain bullet about 2900 ft/sec. Such ballistics mean that the .270 shoots flat and hits hard.

How Much Scope Do You Need? Don't Get Overpowered

Posted on Dec 8, 2021

How much scope do you need? It certainly depends on the type of shooting that you will do. Those who market scopes usually try to sell models that have a higher magnification range, built in drop compensators, lighted reticules, dots or bars that indicate wind deflection, etc. In the vast majority of cases a good 2-7X or 3-9X will be all that is needed. Such scopes are often compact and light enough that the handling characteristics of the rifle are not altered drastically. One of my favorite scopes is a 1.5-4X that is exceptionally compact, lightweight, and bright. I have a 3.5-18X scope that has side focusing and a ballistic compensating turret. It cost well over $1000. It has all the features that you would expect on a scope of this type, but at this time I do not even have it on a rifle.

How to Clean Scope Lenses

Posted on Aug 13, 2021

Got your lens covered in debris and dust? Want to learn how to clean the scope lenses properly? We have covered a step-by-step process that you should definitely go through.

Enhance the Axis

Posted on Aug 13, 2021

Many shooters, myself included, look longingly at those beautiful custom and limited edition sporting rifles. Some of them are produced in the manufacturers’ custom shops or are built by gunsmiths, but others are just the high end models such as the Winchester Model 70 Super Grade or Ruger Hawkeye African. If you are like me, one of those rifles would probably spend most of its time in the safe and something else would be taken hunting.

Range Bag Essentials

Posted on Aug 4, 2021

The constant battle between packing everything including the kitchen sink and never having what you need after driving an hour or more to the range is one that many of us know all too well. Some of us go way too far and pack spare batteries for our spare electronic muffs, and others will often forget crucial items such as ammunition. While I am not certain whether this internal battle of carrying only the bare minimum, or bringing every tool short of a lathe to the range will ever be resolved, I do believe I have found a good compromise.

Firearm Safety is Everyone's Responsibility

Posted on Aug 4, 2021

When I was growing up in a rural area, the road leading to our house was a quarter of a mile long and we lived about a long baseball throw from the end of it where my grandparents lived. As would be expected, my brothers and I frequently spent time with our grandparents. On one occasion, when I was probably five or six years of age, I was roaming about the house and saw a small handgun lying beside my grandparents’ bed. I had frequently been around firearms, but for some reason I thought that this small revolver might be some sort of toy.

Shooting During Pregnancy

Posted on Jul 19, 2021

Congrats! You’re pregnant! I know for a fact you have a million questions. Questions for your mom, your friends, your doctor, and everyone you meet with kids. You have tons of people to ask questions of, but who do you talk to about being able to hunt and shoot while carrying that precious cargo? Depending on your doctors, they may not agree with you going hunting.

Red Dots vs Holographic Sights: Which Is Better For You?

Posted on Apr 27, 2021

When it comes to accessorizing your weapon, one of the biggest decisions is what optic to use. In this case, the biggest differences between a red dot sight and holographic sights fall into 3 main categories: Technology used, pros and cons, and what you need it for.

How to Get a Hunting License and Permit

Posted on Mar 10, 2021

Find answers to questions with ins-and-outs of hunting permits and licensing, and a list of local agencies concerned with the licensing and permitting of hunters across all 50 U.S. states.

JF Gunworks 30mm Scope Level

Posted on Mar 1, 2021

Now that you have acquired a precision optic and have joined the ever-growing community of precision rifle shooters, you are starting to shoot longer ranges. You quickly learn how much more the slightest inconsistency at the rifle shows up exponentially at the target. You make a conscious effort to be precise, consistent, and deliberate with everything you do behind the rifle, but you still experience inconsistency downrange. While the list of variables seems nearly endless, one major concern that you may not have considered is rifle cant.

A Beginners Guide to Night Vision Scope for Rifles

Posted on Jan 6, 2021

Night vision scope is a cool device for hunters and shooters. When you want to aim at targets at night, there is no other alternative like a night vision scope for rifles.