Why Every Shotgunner Needs a Rangefinder

September 15, 2014

A rangefinder may not seem like a standard piece of gear for wingshooting hunters and waterfowlers, but the wise sportsman will find many uses for it.

Rangefinders have become part of the standard kit for big game hunters, especially bowhunters. They take the guesswork out of range estimation leading to more well-placed shots and speedier kills. Win, win, and win! Hunters using slugs for deer and turkey hunters were some of the first shotgun sportsmen to open up their daypacks to range-finding optics. In those pursuits, rangefinders play the same role as they do in the rest of big game hunting. However, smart wingshooting hunters find many uses for rangefinders, too, particularly in waterfowl hunting. Read more »

Recoil Sucks! So Suck Up the Recoil

September 8, 2014

Protect your health and your shooting skills by using recoil-reduction accessories like the ShockEater.

I love shooting. I hate recoil. Call me a wimp. Call me a wussy. Call me anything you like, but it won’t change the fact I don’t enjoy getting beat up when I’m shooting. The results of recoil from a single, moderate shooting session are annoying and perhaps slightly painful. But where it will really get you is over the course of an avid shooting career. The negative effects of absorbing shotgun recoil for decades can result in serious ailments such as arthritis and even detached retinas. ...

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100 Percent of Wingshooting is 95 Percent Mental

September 1, 2014

It may not seem like it, but wingshooting is primarily a mental game.

Famed New York Yankee Yogi Berra and chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer couldn’t be two more different people. What are the odds they’d both espouse philosophies applicable to hitting a flying target with a shotgun? Well, so they did. Berra is known for saying “…90 percent of the game is half mental.” Fisher once said, “I give 98 percent of my mental energy to chess. Others give only two percent. Wingshooting, done properly and successfully, is primarily a mental endeavor. Once you collect the mental pictures of what it takes to hit a goose, grouse, or clay target and train your...

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Why a New Shooter’s First Shotgun Should Be a Semiauto

August 10, 2014

Though single-shots and pumps are usually the go-to picks for an outdoor mentor to outfit a new shooter, the author feels semiautomatics are, in fact, the way to go. Image © National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.

My first shotgun was a single-shot hammer gun, a hand-me-down from my mother. Dad bought it for her while they were dating, and though they hunted together a few times, Mom never caught the fever. She loved the dogs. She loved walking in the autumn fields, but shooting stuff---not so much. A couple outings quenched her curiosity of what her fiancée found "fun" in all this, and she never touched the gun again. Today, I work part-time at a small sporting goods store, mostly to get out of the house and to maintain measure on the pulse of what real hunters and shooters are buying. Usually,...

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Browning’s Citori 725 Feather Wins 2014 “Shotgun of the Year” from American Hunter

May 6, 2014

(Left) Paul Thompson, Browning; (Right) Adam Heggenstaller, American Hunter

At its recent consumer show in Indianapolis, the NRA announced the recipients of the 2014 Golden Bullseye Awards. Among them was the Browning Citori 725 Feather which received the prestigious “Shotgun of the Year” honors from American Hunter. The Golden Bullseye Award recognizes new and innovative products within the shooting sports arena. “It is an honor to be considered by the NRA for the Golden Bullseye award,” said Ryan Godderidge, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The Browning 725 Feather has been well received by those who appreciate a lighter weight...

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Patterning the CVA Apex for Turkey Season

April 10, 2014

Last month, the author took his CVA Apex out to pattern it for turkey season.

Last month, I decided to take my CVA Apex set up with the turkey barrel out for a little patterning test. The gun is set up with the stock CVA turkey choke and a KONUS 3-9x40 Ballistic Reticle scope. The gun was dirty, so I deep-cleaned it. I used a Ballistol-soaked bronze brush on a cleaning rod and scrubbed the barrel for five minutes. I then let it sit for 15 minutes and scrubbed it with the CVA Barrel Blaster bore cleaner for three to four minutes. I finished by pushing...

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TriStar Releases New Raptor ATAC Turkey Shotgun

February 19, 2014

The 12 ga. Raptor ATAC Turkey Shotgun.

Just in time for the 2014 turkey hunting season, TriStar Arms is announcing their new Raptor ATAC Turkey shotgun in 12 gauge. The Raptor line has been a popular and dependable line for TriStar, and now turkey hunters will be able to use many of the same features in the field this spring. The Raptor ATAC Turkey shotgun patterned in Mossy Oak Break Up camouflage (on the stock and forearm only), features a picatinny rail and ghost ring mounted sight, a fixed pistol grip and a fiber optic bridge front sight. The gas operated semi-automatic shotgun will come in a 24-inch barrel with a  3”...

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Rare Shotgun Up for Auction to Benefit Pheasants Forever Habitat Mission

February 5, 2014

The Pheasants Forever restored AH Fox Sterlingworth 20 gauge side-by-side features masterful engraving on the receiver.

I consider myself fortunate to work in the outdoor industry. Learning new things is exciting, and is an ongoing process. This week's lesson? Gun restoration. Pheasant Fest is coming to Milwaukee, Wisconsin February 14-17. Gun collectors and hunters have the opportunity to bid on a one-of-a-kind Pheasants Forever, AH Fox Sterlingworth 20 gauge side-by-side shotgun restored by Turnbull. The funds will help support the Pheasants Forever habitat mission. I rarely use the word glorious, but other words seemed to fall short after seeing the Turnbull-restored Fox Sterlingworth. Many have...

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Tips for Cold-weather Gun Care

February 3, 2014

D'oh! Dropped the shotgun in the snow? It happens to all of us. Make sure you clean and thaw it out before using it!

Man, it’s cold. Seems to be a common topic of discussion this year, doesn’t it? If you’re like me, hearing about the polar vortex is getting old, and if one more person says anything about global warming, you just might slap them silly. The good news is that there is still hunting to be done and it doesn’t matter how cold it is, you’re going. Hopefully your gun still works. Keeping your gun, be it a rifle, pistol, or a shotgun, working properly when the mercury drops below the freezing mark isn’t all that difficult. It just takes an extra step here and there to make sure...

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Stoeger Introduces New M3020 Semiautomatic Shotgun

January 15, 2014

Stoeger's M3020 Semiautomatic Shotgun.

Stoeger Industries introduces the new Stoeger M3020, the latest addition to a line of quality, affordable shotguns for hunters and shooters. The M3020 is a 3-inch, 20-gauge, semi-automatic shotgun that handles loads from 2¾-inch up to the potent 3-inch Magnum without adjustment. At the heart of the Stoeger M3020 is the proven Inertia Driven operating system; simple and efficient with only three moving parts in the bolt for lightning-fast, reliable operation. Unlike older gas-system guns, the M3020’s Inertia Driven action is contained primarily within the receiver, giving the Model...

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