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Editor James Card

About Editor James Card

James Card is an editor of Gun Digest the Magazine.

The Ruger Scout Rifle and Select Quotes by Jeff Cooper

Evolution of a Scout Rifle

The prototype of the Ruger Gunsite Scout Rifle was described in the essay “The Scout Rifle Idea” by Jeff Cooper in the 1984 edition of the Gun Digest annual.

Image courtesy of Don Findley

Robert Hillberg, 1917-2012

The editors at Gun Digest regret to hear the sad news of the death of Robert Hillberg. He passed away on August 12, 2012. Over his many years of designing firearms, everything from machineguns to sporting pistols, shotguns and rifles, when asked of all his accomplishments, what he is most proud of; Bob replied...

Martin Young from the Oxford Times

British Gun Collector’s 350 Shotguns Seized

Martin Young, a 67-year-old antique gun collector in England, is battling Oxford city council to have his 350 guns returned and his gun license renewed. He has 30 days to arrange for the guns to be moved or the police will auction them off. Mr. Young believes that his collection might be one of...

Jack O'Connor's Custom Ruger M77 in .280 Remington

Classic Guns: Jack O’Connor’s Last Rifle, the Ruger M77

I love to find old hook-and-bullet magazines, the older the better, and read the old-school gun writers. I like the grainy black-and-white photos shot in the field. I like the horn-rimmed glasses, canvas shooting jackets and the Jones hats they wear. Some of these writers have penned stories for Gun Digest over the years....

girandoni air rifle

The Most Important Gun in American History

  If you were to try to determine which guns truly influenced the history of the world, you could draw a few conclusions. Paging through The Greatest Guns of Gun Digest edited by Dan Shideler, you see the Colt Single Action and the Winchester 94, both guns that won the West and aided exploration...

Tippman 98

Gun Collecting: Vintage Paintball Guns

  There is an interesting development happening in the gun world and it resembles what has occurred in other shooting sports: a move back to the retro.  In the sport of paintball,  there is a movement that is shying away from the newly developed rapid-fire, high-tech paintball guns.  These weapons throw out an enormous...

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Classic Guns: Collecting Custom Rifles

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Tom Turpin’s new book, “Custom Rifles: Mastery of Wood and Metal” will be hitting the bookstores this month.  It’s a handsome hardcover and heavy with photos printed on glossy paper. Turpin takes the reader inside the workshop of one of the best...

Ayoob’s first Contender, a 1970s model with T/C scope and elegant octagonal barrel.

Classic Guns: Thompson-Center Contender

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. In his just-released book, “Greatest Handguns of the World, Volume 2,” author Massad Ayoob includes the Thompson-Center Contender as one of the great firearms that made a difference in the handgunning world. At the end of the chapter, he makes a strong...

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Classic Guns: LeFever Shotguns

  Editor’s Note: Click here for instant firearms values and gun prices. Daniel Myron LeFever might not be a name that many people are familiar with but he is marked in history as a great American inventor. If you have ever fired a modern side-by-side or over-and-under shotgun, you are the beneficiary of his...