One of my favorite things to do is to set up and shoot a new gun. I enjoy the process from choosing the correct rings to bore sighting to spending time at the range—and yes, even to working up the perfect and most accurate load for each gun.
As the dog days of summer wind down, most of us who venture afield in search of game and fowl can’t help but look forward several weeks to what has become, in many places, a national holiday—the opening of bird season. Most seasons open with dove and some early goose season.
You may know them as the bird of peace, a frequent visitor to backyard bird feeders and fountains, or the birds that roost in your trees and on your roof. However, around the nation, come September, the various species of dove become sporting fare for field and table.
You are seated in an executive boardroom. It is about the same as any company’s boardroom in America. There is artwork on the walls, statues in the corners, and a long meeting room table in the center surrounded by leather-clad chairs. It is complete with all of the electronics and presentation materials needed. You’d expected in this type of environment—until you make a closer inspection. You realize that laminated into the table is empty brass that has been fired from a rifle, and the statues in the corner, while seemingly to be of a western motif, the statue is an American patriot clenching a modern sporting rifle.
You would think, being an avid hunter and given the number kids as I’ve introduced to hunting and shooting, I would have discovered the .243 Winchester a lot sooner than I did. My path was rather long and circuitous. I was close a couple of times, but never realized what I was missing until a change in the hunting regulations forced me to shoot the .243.
If you’ve been in social media “jail,” or on a temporary break from Facebook and the national news, you may not have heard that YETI severed its ties with the National Rifle Association, at the cost of a significant amount of controversy. The issue was brought to light by a letter from NRA director and past president Marion Hammer.
“For years YETI Coolers have been a hot item for sportsmen at the Friends of NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction events around the country.”
Riton Optics is an up-and-comer in the optics world that, while it has been in existence for over 5 years, Riton attended SHOT Show as an exhibitor for the first time in 2018. While many optics companies looked to expand existing products and product lines, Riton “broke its mold” with two new, unique riflescopes.
Living in modern society, we’ve lost the understanding that things such as warmth, food, and water are requirements that equate to life and death. Sure, we all know it in the back of minds, but that is the problem. It is in the back of our minds, so we fail to adequately prepare, because so many everyday necessities are normally easily obtained.
The plan was to take my wife on a romantic getaway up the coast of California. Mother nature had other plans, though. A rockslide consisting of millions of cubic feet of mountain had not only covered U.S, Highway 1, it added over 15 acres to the California coastline by filling in the ocean. What to do? Looking on the map, I noted that the detour route would take us right through Paso Robles, California—home of the last and arguably most storied firearm manufacturer in the state, Weatherby Rifles.
One of the things that have always been a dilemma for me when carrying concealed is how to keep a weapon concealed in warm weather. A move to the desert southwest has led to several different carry styles and, yes, even though I’m several hundred miles from Area 51, an Alien (Gear) encounter.
Does anybody buy brand name anything anymore? I don’t know about you, but I haven’t bought an actual bottle of Heinz ketchup since I found out that the “great value” store brand is literally packaged in the same facility. The analgesics in my medicine cabinet read ibuprofen and acetaminophen rather than Advil or Tylenol. So, the question is, why not guns?
December 6, 2012, I left the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin after a productive meeting with clients. The hour was late—about 11:30 p.m. Walking to my Jeep Patriot, I noticed an odd sound as I walked to the driver-side door. My feet were crunching on the pavement, yet there was no snow or ice to be found. It looked like there was a great deal of glass on the ground, and there was—from my front windows!
The most controversial phrase I have ever put in print is this: I’m not a fan of Glocks. I never have been.
Previously, I related my yearlong battle with undiagnosed Lyme disease. The number one transmission of the Lyme disease Spiron is the deer tick. Trust me when I tell you that you do not ever want to go through what I went through.
You were a very good boy or girl this Christmas. The one thing that you asked for was a new rifle. Your spouse, significant other, child or really good friend decided that they were going to be your hero and buy it for you. So now what? Well, the good news is that you will need to take a trip to the store or at least spend some time online. A visit to www.cheaperthandirt.com will give you everything you need.
I attend a great deal of both outdoor trade shows and consumer shows over the course of a given year, with many of them concentrated between January and April. Recently, I attended the annual Shot Show in Las Vegas, the National Rifle Association great outdoors show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the 2014 Pheasant Fest in Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was fortunate at each of these events to meet with numerous hunters, outdoorsmen and women and discuss some of the issues of today facing today’s hunters.
2AO is a national organization developed by 2nd Amendment advocates. The organization supports all business owners that support the 2nd Amendment. So, what does that mean? Any business in the country can sign in and register a business—for free. You read that right, FREE!
Being in top shooting shape requires diligent practice year round. The last thing you want is for the trophy of a lifetime to step out—with a 10 second window—and you miss the shot because of under preparation. I am often asked what type of preparation that really takes, especially during winter. So, where do I practice shooting in wintertime? Why, outside of course!