TOP SHOT: Best. Season. Ever.

When you have a good rifleman you have a man who is confident of his ability to take care of himself; the quality pertains not to the rifle, but to himself; so you have a man who can quickly be turned to doing anything. He is a hunter and fighter; not a specialist who is at a loss when his specialty fails him. “-H.W. McBride “A Rifleman Went to War”

Cooper’s Principles of Practical Riflery:
Make first-round hits, at unknown distances, from improvised positions, with a cartridge appropriate to the purpose, under time pressure. –Colonel Jeff Cooper, Gun Guru

This week marks the end of the second season of TOP SHOT on the History Channel

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A dirty shame the show must end. It has been a guilty pleasure for me from day one. CLICK LINK HERE

None of the usual race gun/tweaked target load ammo/five-finger tactical magazine swap IDPA/IPSC crap here.

Production guns, production ammo, off-the-shelf holsters and equipment. Don’t like the factory trigger on a Ruger 10/22? Too bad. Shoot it anyway.

Just respond to a simple question: can you hit six bottles from an upside down position after you’ve been spun around strapped to a giant plywood wheel? Because in the real world you may be just exactly that disoriented when you need to shoot your best. Yeah. How does that super-duper race gun holster work for you in that scenario?

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Debate Over! AK 47 vs. AR 15


Okay, I will come out of the closet and say I will never completely trust the ever popular Black Rifle. (Okay, modular component Sport Utility Rifle)

Not that there is anything wrong with people who love them and use them and cherish them. It is, after all, a free country!

But really, (A) the .223 cartridge can hardly compete with the powerhouse WWII 30.06, (remember? used in “the greatest battle implement ever made”?) and (B) maybe if you tweak the bits and pieces enough you can get some punch at 300 to 500 yards, (a distance vital in the mountains of Afghanistan, for example) and (C) then there is that business about “the forward assist”.

Seriously? A semi or full automatic rifle with a “forward assist” to chamber a round? How many rounds, how many times?

Why not just return to a single shot falling block design?

It would be much more reliable.

So, if push comes to shove, and I must forego my cherished bolt action .308 which will it be– AK47 or AR-15?

Supreme reliability combined with lousy accuracy or reasonable accuracy combined with failure to fire?

Forward assist or open beer? Do the arithmetic.

Beer wins hands down!

Chicago Tribune Reporter Field Dresses Deer


Credit where credit is due. Real hunting – two Chicago Tribune reporters take to the field and gun hunt their own venison.

They quickly understood the observation hunters have made for many years, to wit: Hunting is the most natural, organic, “sustainable” way to eat meat.

After several trips into the woods with no success, one reporter nevertheless volunteers to help skin, clean and butcher another hunter’s deer.

Yes, some would consider the video content graphic and may not wish to watch.

Youtube video description:

Chicago Tribune staff reporters Monica Eng and Barbara Brotman go on their first hunting expedition for deer, where they learn how to properly track, kill and butcher their prey. (Viewer discretion is advised)

Custom engraved lever guns. (via BigTime Smithworks)

Some eye candy from South Dakota. Good job Smithworks! Click on the image for all the details!

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From 1879, Christmas Wild Game Recipes

As I advised John Richardson over at No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money, (CLICK LINK HERE) I have been reliably informed the key to high volume readership of a gun blog is—Cookie Recipes.

Thus, for my New Year’s Resolution, I am determined to sprinkle more selections from the Culinary Arts and other Branches of Domestic Economy into this blog after the fashion of David Codrea’s THIS DAY IN HISTORY.

My contributions will be entitled THIS DAY IN GASTRONOME.

Sadly, as I perused my copy of Housekeeping In Old Virginia, (Copyright 1879) I realized in 1879 very few Housekeepers focused their attention on the preparation of cookies.

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