The Shootist



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It once was expensive and cumbersome to test rifle ballistics, but the digital age has made the use of chronographs very affordable. The ProChrono Digital chronograph
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I’ve written about the “wildcatting” era in the early 1950s when the U.S. economy was booming in the years coming out of World War II and then the Korean War. 


Hunting camps incidents can grow to legends, and the story about how a city slicker came to be known as “Bobcat” is a classic example. Tales from the camp
94 Views - Posted: June 23 at 9:00 am

Fervent Rainwater shifted his cud as I walked up to the camp porch, and spit a long stream of Skoal between the paws of Ol’ Blue, the redbone hound lying at his feet.


The Whittington Center is a shooter’s dream vacation destination, with many firing ranges from which to choose. NRA’s Whittington Center
207 Views - Posted: May 22 at 9:00 am

The NRA Whittington Center is a 33,000 acre Mecca for shooters that was opened to the public in 1973 and just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over that time, it has grown to be one of the premier shooting facilities in the world.


The Ruger SR22 is fun to shoot, and it’s a perfect weapon to carry. Ruger’s SR22 — Small, accurate, fun
188 Views - Posted: April 21 at 9:00 am

I’m going to let you in on the next big thing in handguns. You get the opportunity to get in on this before the rush, like what happened with the Ruger LCP and the Smith & Wesson Shield.


Patterning allows you to learn which shotguns throw the best pattern for turkey hunting. Turkey patterns and cleaning tips
367 Views - Posted: March 20 at 9:00 am

In turkey hunting, preparation is everything.

So thinking about you guys (and gals) who get all heated up over feathers in the spring, I thought I would write about patterning — and cleaning your guns.

I have a 12 gauge, 2 ¾-inch-chambered barrel I had cut off years ago to about 25 inches and had the gunsmith install screw-in choke tubes.


The ability to start a fire can be critical to survival when an emergency strikes in the field — and that same fire can act as a signal for rescuers. Manchac swamp stranding shows importance of survival gear
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If you’ve ever traveled Interstate 55 south to New Orleans, you have passed over that exotic, and almost mystical area between two of Louisiana’s major lakes — Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain.

The mixed cypress and hardwood swamps bordered by brackish and freshwater marshes are connected by Pass Manchac, the winding waterway that connects Lake Maurepas with its much larger brother, Lake Ponchartrain. 

Little has changed this area since Iberville passed through in 1699, en route to the French fleet anchored at the Chandeleur Islands. He and his brother Bienville split their forces at Bayou Manchac, just south of the site of present-day Baton Rouge. They were returning from their exploration of the Mississippi River as far north as the Red River’s junction with the “Father of Waters.” 


The Ruger American Rimfire is solidly built, has an adjustable stock and can flat-out shoot. A real matchstriker, finally
479 Views - Posted: January 23 at 9:00 am

One of the greatest shots I ever made was with a bolt-action .22 Magnum. 


Ruger offers two 1911 versions with many features that once were only available in custom guns. Ruger’s 1911
373 Views - Posted: December 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

It has been noted that what you get today for a reasonable price in a 1911 pistol would have cost you a lot extra just a few years ago.


Armadillos can destroy a field, rooting up the ground in its search for food. That makes them perfect targets for varmint hunters, since no one complains when they are shot. Handgunning for varmints
501 Views - Posted: November 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

We were never overrun with those juicy targets we read about in the big sporting magazines — articles by guys who referred to their shooting cult as “varminters.”


The author was so enthralled with stories of varmint hunting when he was young that he resorted to shooting coots with a .257 Roberts — not realizing doing so was illegal. Varmint hunting (Deep South style)
527 Views - Posted: October 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

I don’t know why we were never arrested.


A new documentary highlights positives of gun ownership. “Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire”
392 Views - Posted: September 23, 2013 at 9:00 am

Kris Koenig introduced himself to me as “the only national public television producer I know of with a concealed carry permit.”


Government stockpiling of ammunition has been blamed for recent ammo shortages, but that theory isn’t supported by facts. Where have all the bullets gone?
419 Views - Posted: August 23, 2013 at 9:00 am
If by now you haven’t experienced the frustrating bullet shortage or voiced a loud complaint about it, it’s a fair bet you don’t shoot for a hobby — or shoot at all.

Shooting skills learned on the skeet range translate to more doves when the season opens. How to shoot well
404 Views - Posted: July 25, 2013 at 9:00 am
I’ve never been much of a shotgunner — mainly due to lack of practice.

Beulah Belle fired a wildcat .25-.348 cartridge—a necked-down .348 Winchester developed in 1936 to fit in the Model 71 Winchester Lever Action—still said to be one of the smoothest lever actions ever invented. The building of ‘Beulah Belle’
456 Views - Posted: June 25, 2013 at 9:00 am
In the late ’40s and ’50s, the United States was undergoing a boom economy, recovering from restricted materiel supplies that resulted from World War II.

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