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  • December 31, 2009

    Petzal: Rifle Shooting's 10 Most Significant Developments of the Decade

    By David E. Petzal

    Generally speaking, it’s a shame we can’t--in the words of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson--take the past decade, pound it into a goddamn bottle, and set it adrift in the China current. But in the world of rifles, by and large, it’s been nothing but good news. Herewith, the most significant developments of 2000-2010, not in order of importance.

    1. The transmogrification of the AR-15 into a bona-fide sporting rifle and an industry unto itself.

    2. Hornady’s emergence as a major player and a major innovator in the ammunition biz.

    3. Ten years ago, I thought that sporting optics had reached a state of perfection beyond which it could not go. Boy, was I wrong.

  • December 30, 2009

    Chad Love: Pandering to Gun Owners

    By Chad Love

    As a citizen and voter, I expect a minimum level of common sense and pragmatism from the people elected to represent me. After so many years of bitter disappointment, I have no idea why.

  • December 29, 2009

    What We Can Learn From Lefty

    By David E. Petzal

    A friend of mine asked me to write something about Warren Page, Field & Stream’s shooting editor from 1947 to 1972. So be it.

    Page, whose nickname was Lefty,  started at F&S at just the time that the great wildcatting epidemic began. Every gunmaker who could ream out a set of loading dies had a series of cartridges with his name on it. Page, being a technoid of the first magnitude, was heavily involved in all this, and as he put it, “I wore out the decimal key on the typewriter.”

  • December 29, 2009

    Is Your New Leupold Scope A Fake?

    By Dave Hurteau

    If you were good enough to get a new Leupold Mark 4® riflescope for Christmas than you were better than a lot of us boys and girls. Still, you’d better take a close look at your new toy. According to the company, there are some hard-to-spot fakes hitting the market:

  • December 22, 2009

    Petzal's "Miracle" Scope Base

    By David E. Petzal

    One of the more interesting things I used this summer was a scope base from Miracle Machine Works in Selma, Alabama. The inventor is Chris Self, a gun nut of the first magnitude and an ingenious guy. Mr. Self’s brainchild is called the Variable Gantry Mount, and for those of you who like to shoot at long range, it can save you a lot of aggravation and money.

  • December 21, 2009

    Petzal: A Last Warning from Sam Curtis

    By David E. Petzal

    A while back, I wrote about my friend Sam Curtis, who was dying of brain cancer and, knowing he didn’t have long, sent me a knife that he carried for years as a keepsake. Sam was a long-time Field & Stream contributor who began writing for us in the 1970s. On December 17, Sam went to the place were there is always good tracking snow and lots of elk. I liked him as a person, and admired him as a hunter and writer. He was careful, scientific, and relentless. Unlike me he did not care a damn for equipment. He wore an old brown-wool coat with a homemade orange vest and carried a Savage .30/06 with a 4X Leupold scope. I don’t think he owned another rifle.

  • December 16, 2009

    Petzal: A Better Way to Travel

    By David E. Petzal

    For years now I’ve been flying out of JFK and LaGuardia with guns.

    In all that time and God knows how many trips I’ve never been given a hard time by the airlines, or the cops, or the TSA. But checking a rifle through either airport adds another half-hour. And then you have the airlines’ whimsical way of shipping you to one destination and your gun to another.

    So on two occasions this year, I’ve sent my rifle ahead. I stick it in a steel case and slide the case inside what is known as a ski-shipping box—a two-piece carton that adjusts for length. Then, I take it to a gun dealer and ask him to insure it heavily and give me the tracking number. All this is not cheap, but your rifle will...

  • December 15, 2009

    Bourjaily: Are You America’s Top Shot?

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Can you shoot? Are you in shape? Are you a character?

    If you can answer “yes” to all three, you might be the contestant Pilgrim Productions is looking for to appear on the History Channel’s upcoming “America’s Top Shot.”

    Pilgrim – producers of “Ultimate Fighter”, ”Dirty Jobs” and “Ghosthunter” – needs to cast 16 shooters. One will eliminated each week in a marksmanship challenge until the last man or woman standing claims the $100,000 prize. Because this is a History Channel show, weekly competitions could feature any projectile weapon ever made, from atlatls to assault rifles.

  • December 14, 2009

    Petzal's Brief Visit to Whitetail Heaven

    By David E. Petzal

    And so, having hunted in Maine for a week without seeing a deer, I  went to western Kansas where I could see 20 deer at a time, or 60 in a morning. The Kansas whitetail herd, or what I saw of it, is unreal. It combines the numbers and the superior antler genetics of Texas deer with the whopping body size of the deer you find in Saskatchewan.

  • December 8, 2009

    Cermele: Why Your Wife Will Go to Bass Pro This Christmas

    By Joe Cermele

    Thanksgiving is over. I know this because every commercial on TV is now Christmas-related. I don’t generally pay attention to these rants about sales and holiday cheer, but I noticed something interesting this year. Bass Pro Shops is running loads of commercials, and I’m not talking about just on Versus and the Outdoor Channel. I’m talking Bravo and Lifetime. Why? Because these commercials are targeted at wives who don't fish. Here’s why they’re genius.

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