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The Feng Shui of Shotgun Shells

October 6, 2014

A lot goes into a shotgun shell, and how it performs. Are you using the best ammo for your shotgunning pursuits?

If you decide which shells you're going to use for your shotgunning pursuits based solely on what’s least expensive at the local sporting goods emporium, there’s no reason to read any further. Go about your shooting and hunting. You’ll get the same results you always have. But remember: doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results is Albert Einstein’s famous definition of insanity. To improve your shooting, bring more game cleanly to hand, and expand your understanding of shotgunning you must try something different---perhaps in your technique,...

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How Many Shotguns Do You Own? How Many Do You Shoot Well?

September 29, 2014

When it comes to shotgunning, are you a one-gun wonder or do you take the "golf bag" approach?

What is your approach to shotgunning? Are you the legendary one-gun man or woman? There’s wisdom in the warning, “Beware of the hunter or shooter with only one gun! He or she probably knows how to use it!” Then there is the "golf bag" approach to shooting. The golfer doesn’t play an entire round with only a driver or solely with a putter. His or her bag carries a dozen or more clubs each meant for a specific distance or type of shot. Ever watch a professional golf tournament? That selection of clubs allows them to perform some amazing feats. The caddy even makes suggestions on the...

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7 Questions with Professional Shooting Instructor and GRITS Founder Elizabeth Lanier

September 18, 2014

Elizabeth Lanier, professional shooting instructor, GRITS founder, and shotgunner extraordinaire.

Elizabeth Lanier, owner of Lanier Shooting Sports, is a National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) Level III shooting instructor and an all-around lover of all things wingshooting and clay shooting. I recently had the opportunity to chat with her about how she was introduced to the sports, and her advice to women who are interested in becoming involved. Britney: Please tell us about your background in upland bird hunting and clay shooting. How did you get started?  Elizabeth: Years ago I gave a guy who was an avid wingshooter his first...

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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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TriStar Expands it’s Popular Viper G2 Line with the New SR Sport Model

May 27, 2014

The Viper G2 SR Sport

For 2014, TriStar Arms has expanded the Viper G2 semi-automatic line to include a new 12-gauge sporting model – the Viper G2 SR Sport.  Whether shooting clay pigeons or hunting upland game, the Viper G2 SR Sport is a worthy choice that is comfortable to shoot, includes a variety of choke tubes and comes at an affordable price. This new gas-operated shotgun has a 30-inch target barrel with a red fiber optic sight, and features a red anodized receiver and end cap. The Viper G2 SR Sport has a synthetic stock and forearm coated with “Soft Touch.” This application gives a soft rubber...

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Franchi’s Intensity Receives Outdoor Life’s Editor’s Choice Award

May 9, 2014

Franchi Logo

Franchi's Intensity, a 3 ½-inch semi-auto shotgun, received Outdoor Life's Editor's Choice Award for Shotgun of the Year at the 2014 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Indianapolis, IN. Each year Outdoor Life's Editor's Choice Awards are given to those products that score the highest overall in their category. Franchi's Intensity is a reliable Inertia Driven shotgun that Outdoor Life ranks as extremely good value in respect to both workmanship and performance. Available in either 26-, 28-, or 30-inch barrel lengths the Intensity features a ventilated raised rib, red fiber optic front...

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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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Benelli USA Awards Chase Spurgin—2013 Sales Agent of the Year

February 28, 2014

Chase Spurgin

Benelli USA was pleased to award Chase Spurgin, Sales Agent of the Year for 2013, at their annual sales awards banquet held during the SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  Spurgin is a sales representative with Bentley-Scott Marketing, a group of independent manufacturer's representatives dedicated to providing sales and marketing services for premium brands in the shooting, hunting, law enforcement and outdoors industry. The organization provides a full range of services to manufacturer clients for marketing to consumers, sporting goods retailers, wholesalers and large format retailers, serving a...

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Free Winchester Guns from the Gould Brothers

February 26, 2014

Gould Bro gun Giveaway

Gould Brothers Exhibition Shooting is thrilled to announce they have partnered with Winchester Repeating Arms for 2014. Winchester and the Gould Brothers have been working together since 2012 but the Brothers have been shooting Winchester shotguns long before their partnership began. In celebration of this awesome partnership with the best firearms company in the world, the Gould Brothers are giving away a bunch of Winchester shotguns. “There are only a few full time professional exhibition shooters in the U.S. and we are very fortunate to be two of those full time professionals,” said...

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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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