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  • May 28, 2009

    Video Blog: Shooting Over A Chronograph

    By David E. Petzal

  • May 26, 2009

    Petzal: Thoughts On Memorial Day

    By David E. Petzal

    My guide in New Zealand, David Blainey, had served ten years as a soldier in that country’s “forces,” as the army is called, and would have stayed another ten had not an ankle betrayed him. He loved the service, and one afternoon he asked me what was the most important thing I had gotten out of my time in the U.S. Army.

  • May 22, 2009

    Petzal: How Many Groups is Enough?

    By David E. Petzal

    I dearly love premium bullets, but shooting them these days is like firing Krugerrands down your barrel. So when I work up a load I make up three cartridges, shoot them, and if I get a worthwhile group I make up more and see how those perform. It would be nice to stop with three groups, but I’ve always been suspicious about shooting that few, and this past week I got an object lesson on why you need more to be certain.

  • May 21, 2009

    Bourjaily: A Room of Your Own?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Recently both the sporting goods stores I frequent completed remodeling jobs, taking out their stand-up gun racks and putting in new ones. From one store, I scrounged a bunch of rack bottoms, lined with cutouts for the butts of long guns. From the other, I scored the top halves, with notches cut in them for the gun barrels. Both the tops and bottoms are made of oak and luckily for me, they’re a close match in color. I am set. All I need now is a gun room.

  • May 20, 2009

    Petzal: Stupid Moves

    By David E. Petzal

    In this blog and in my magazine column I try to project an aura of calm infallibility, making myself out to be sort of an aged Anti-Heavey. But the truth is, about once every other week, I screw up so badly that I recite a prayer which I composed especially for those occasions. It goes:

    “Oh Lord of Hosts, who guided my namesake David’s hand so that he could put a rock right through Goliath’s pre-frontal lobes even though he played the harp in his spare time, I thank Thee that the readers didn’t see me do that.”

  • May 19, 2009

    Bourjaily: Turkey Season Recap

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Since turkey seasons are winding down all over the country, it’s time to post up your season highlights. I’ve already run the picture of me and my one turkey of the spring but I hadn’t told the story of the very brief and satisfying hunt:

    As is my routine during turkey season, I dropped my younger son at school and  got to the public area I hunt a little after 7:00 a.m. I drove around drinking coffee until I saw a glinting black spot in a freshly burned field. Although the area is billiard table-flat, there were enough willows to use as cover for my approach so I parked the jeep, pulled on my stuff, and snuck to within 125 yards or so of the bird. I saw him look around the first time

    I yelped. Second time, he popped in and out of strut, then turned and walked my way. I never made another call after that.

    He gobbled once coming in, and when he got to what I thought was 40 yards and change, he veered off course. I could call more to straighten him out and bring him closer or I could shoot. I shot.

  • May 18, 2009

    A Man's Grill

    By David E. Petzal

  • May 15, 2009

    A Man's Grill

    By David E. Petzal

  • May 14, 2009

    Bourjaily: Kids with Guns

    By Phil Bourjaily

  • May 13, 2009

    Petzal: Talley Makes the Best Scope Mounts

    By David E. Petzal

    There is little doubt in my military mind that right now, Talley scope mounts are the best thing out there (unless you’re looking for tactical mounts, in which case you look at Leupold Mark 4s). Talley makes a number of systems, but the one I’m referring to is the Fixed Ring, which is actually the second generation. (The first generation is the Quick-Detachable, which you don’t need unless you have serious iron sights as well as a scope.)

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