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"You know, it's when they freeze the barrel."

Speaking the Language

When speaking with other shooters, hunters or your gunsmith, it helps to be able to "speak the language". The following are some common terms and definitions.

ACTION- The heart of the gun, receiver, bolt or breech block feeding and firearm mechanism - see Box Lock, Rolling...

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Memories of the hunt.

Advice for the Shooter

Recently, I was out hunting turkeys with my favorite hunting companion, my wife Doris. Even though she’s been around guns since we married some 37+ years ago, she’s really a new shooter and hunter. I looked over at her as she was sitting against a large oak tree in full camo and it brought to mind all those who mentored me over the years as a new shooter and hunter.

My brothers Shelby, Charlie and...

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Should you be using tungsten-based shot?

Advice for the Shooter

Each February, I spend 4 days at the National Wild Turkey Federation Convention and Sports Show. The convention is normally attended by 35,000 - 40,000 or so active hunters and shooters. Most major sporting goods manufacturers and vendors attend the show and display new and proven products. It's a good place to see what's new in the world of hunting/shooting and a good place to stock up for the...

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Short Barrel or Long Barrel?

Advice for the Shooter


When I started hunting turkeys in the late 1970’s there really wasn’t much debate about barrel length for shotguns. You just used whatever you had, maybe put a little tape on it and called it a turkey gun. An old “long tom” goose gun worked just fine. Camouflage was usually some old army fatigues, maybe some that new “tiger stripe” stuff or just a pair of pretty much worn out hunting pants. Then,...

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A Conversation with Patrick Flanigan

A Conversation with...

Patrick Flanigan is a man who has a passion and has devoted his life to fulfilling it. You can not be anywhere around him and not feel his enthusiasm, his excitement and his absolute joy for what he does.

Experience one of his shows and if you’re a shooter, you’ll marvel at what he’s able to do with a shotgun but even if you’re not, you’ll be entertained and energized.

Recently, I had the pleasure...

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