My first waterfowl hunt would have been comical—well, actually it was for everyone involved except me. I was invited to hunt ducks and owned a shotgun. What else did I need? Of course, I ran out and bought waders and a couple of calls—that I didn’t know how to blow—and threw my gear in a backpack.
By Patrick O’ Malley
When the Republican nominee for Vice President, Paul Ryan, recounts Barack Obama’s 2008 remarks about people who “Cling to their guns or religion,” his answer is simple. “I’m a Catholic deer hunter, guilty as charged!” Your team in the nation’s capital presented a series of in-depth questions to Ryan, to further explore the positions of the Romney-Ryan ticket on issues of concern to SCI members.
Previously, I have accused Illinois lawmakers of being mentally deficient, but I did not mean it as a personal challenge to prove me right!
Whether or not you are violent, if you live in Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) you are set to be the subject of a new “Violence Tax.” Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, recently floated the proposal for a Violence Tax. This new and unwarranted tax seeks to target the sale of guns and ammunition sold in the City of Chicago and its suburbs.
Camo cloth Tape has it naysayers, most of which have never used it. I started using camo tape in the ’80s when all bows came with high-gloss wood or painted finishes. A few years ago, I used a roll on a test gun that had seen better days. Once a year, I pull it out to remove the old tape, check the status and apply a new roll. So far, the tape has not caused it to rust or pit, but let’s look at a few criticisms.
“When we were kids, my dad paid a bounty of 10 cents per mouse. This more than piqued the interest my brother (Brian) and I already had for catching mice. In the beginning, we thought cheese was the ticket. It seemed to work well enough in the cartoons, and we didn’t know any better. It didn’t take long to realize our mice were not fond of cheese. We decided that if we wanted to be successful, we were going to have to do some experimenting on our own,” said John Burgeson, president of Wildlife Research Center.
Nothing will get your juices flowing like going head-to-head with another predator. And whether you are on a budget, looking to make life a little safer for the local deer population or you just enjoy sticking it to song dogs, Wildlife Research Center’s Coyote Juice is your ticket to increased success.
Learning to call ducks is not as hard as you think. Every great duck caller had to start somewhere and now it’s your turn. I received my first lesson from Buck Gardner, a Champion of Champion duck caller.
If you want to improve your shooting skills the Army has a plan that may help. Fundamentals are fundamentals and not much has changed over the past century. Circa 1904, the U.S. Army’s shooting manual stated something along the following lines, “Before any practice on the range is commenced, at least a month of dry-fire practice is required.” Not much has changed in the last century—shooters didn’t do enough of it then, and they still don’t.
I’ve spent my days on the sea and dropped plenty of birds over freshwater, corn stubble and pea fields. Every season it’s the same ‘ol routine of getting a few buddies together to practice our calling and repaint the decoys, check the blinds and pack up the gear. We then start making a wish list and decide whose pride can best withstand the begging necessary to get our ladies to authorize the necessary expenditures.
Of course claiming a definitive list to AR enthusiasts is tantamount to using a .25 caliber to clear your sinus—but
In 1836, Colt formed the Patent Arms Company. His first product was a ring-lever repeating rifle. The ring acted as a cocking lever to advance the cylinder between shots.
By Chris Cox, NRA-ILA
This year’s election is going to define the future of our freedom, perhaps more than any other in our history. For gun owners, there are a number of areas crucial to the survival of our Second Amendment rights. That’s why I took the time to visit with Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, to find out precisely where he stands on the issues of concern to gun owners.
It’s not often the owner of a firearm featuring the work of one of the 19th Century master engravers is willing to let it go. It normally happens through some human calamity—death, divorce or financial crisis. No matter the reason when one of these pieces of history does hit the open market, the demand is high and the bidding is frenzied. If you plan on adding a piece of work from a revered engraver such as Gustave Young, Conrad F. Ulrich or Louis Nimschke, you might want to start by making sure you have up to $100K in spare change lying around.
The Firearms Division of James D. Julia Inc., consistently conducts some of the highest-grossing firearms auctions in the world. On March 12 & 13, 2012, James D. Julia, Inc. established a new high-water mark in the world of Firearms auctions. That spectacular sale grossed just under $18 Million which made it the highest grossing single event Firearms Auction ever conducted (a record previously set by Julia’s in 2008 at $12.8 million).
A few years ago, Diamondback Firearms entered the compact carry market with the successful introduction of the DB380. It followed that up with one of—if not the—smallest 9 mms to hit the market. In fact, about the only difference between the two is the slightly increased size of the DB9 required to accommodate the larger 9 mm cartridge.
We’ve all seen the reality shows with pickers on the road looking to find a hidden gem from an unwitting seller who doesn’t know what the real value of what he owns. The picker negotiates and looks to turn a profit on the sale—somewhat at the expense of the seller. This is a game where knowledge is king.
At a recent behind the scenes tour of the Rock Island Auction Company, my guide was called away and