The Shootist


Deer that aren’t shot at every time they stick their noses out often don’t bolt at the first sight of a human. The deer woods
466 Views - Posted: January 22 at 9:00 am

A pod of whales. 

A copse of brush. 

A gaggle of geese. 

A brake of cane.

A slash of palmetto.

The author learned the point of aim on a running deer is the nose, whether crossing perpendicular to you or quartering away from you. The running shot
297 Views - Posted: December 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

The small herd of does burst out of the woods and cut across the soybean field, the howling of the hounds behind them in the swamp.

Next time you’re at the target range, try out some of the relatively new exploding targets. They add a great boom to your practice. Making things go boom
366 Views - Posted: November 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

n all its infinite wisdom, the U.S. Army determined after basic training at Ft. Polk, La., that I needed to be bussed to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. — a multi-use base about 50 miles from St. Louis — where I would receive advanced individual training (AIT) in my Army skill.

Tessa Renaud models her Lethal Lace holster system, which can be worn almost anywhere on the body and works with even larger handguns. Lethal Lace
479 Views - Posted: October 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

Buying a good quality handgun to carry for self-defense is only part of the equation. You simply have to buy and practice with a suitable holster that will comfortably and securely carry your handgun so you can get at it easily and quickly.

The companies that produce Wipe-Out and Break Free make a lot of claims — and then backs them up. Chemical foams — gun cleaning magic
463 Views - Posted: September 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

I don’t remember where I picked up the can of Wipe-Out Brushless Bore Cleaner — but it had been sitting on my workbench shelf for quite a while.

If you hunt, the odds are your first shot was taken with a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun. The Daisy BB gun
558 Views - Posted: August 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

I have no idea what happened to it, but the first honest-to-gosh gun I ever handled was a Daisy BB gun given to me by my dad on my sixth birthday.

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
401 Views - Posted: July 24, 2014 at 9:00 am

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
489 Views - Posted: June 23, 2014 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
541 Views - Posted: May 22, 2014 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
665 Views - Posted: April 21, 2014 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
730 Views - Posted: March 20, 2014 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
573 Views - Posted: February 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

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
960 Views - Posted: January 23, 2014 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
730 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.