Author Archives: Jennifer L.S. Pearsall

About Jennifer L.S. Pearsall

Jennifer L.S. Pearsall joined Gun Digest in summer 2011 as a books editor. She began her career selling guns in a retail gun shop and handgun range in Northern Virginia in the early 1990s. Recruited by the NRA to join its editorial staff in 1999, she then went on to succeed as a freelance writer and photographer. She's been a competitive shooter in many disciplines, including sporting clays, IPSC, and metallic blackpowder cartridge silhouette, and she has been an avid hunter for many years.

Ithaca Made Rifles? Why Yes, Yes it Did!

Certainly better and best known for its shotguns, including the famous Model 37, Ithaca once dabbled in rifle building, as well. “The Ithaca Gun Company of Ithica, N.Y., is best remembered for the double barreled shotguns they once manufactured. If your father or grandfather was a waterfowl or upland bird hunter he might have...

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Editor’s Pick: What’s In Your Bug-Out Bag?

What we like about What’s in Your Bug-Out Bag? is that it came from you, the average person — not some overrated tactical “professional” and definitely not a gas-masked ultra-paranoid on a TV show.

A practiced off-hand target competitor. Her rifle is just that, a rifle.

Why Guns are not Necessarily Weapons

Noted and award-winning author Wayne van Zwoll succinctly explains why calling your gun–and my gun, and their guns–“weapons” is a problem. “… I take exception to the use of ‘weapon’ in describing firearms never intended to be weapons—and even those that were. ‘Weapon’ has nothing to do with a mechanism or a firearm type....

Market duck hunters from the 1920. The long shot filled bags and stocked restaurants--all without "hyper-velocity maximum payload" shells.

The Long Shot on Ducks–It Ain’t a New Thing

There’s lots of hype these days about hyper-volicty this, maximum-load that,  for making successful long shots on ducks and geese. This quote from a 1920s-era article shows that making that long shot was not only possible “back in the old days,” but was the only way hunters got it done in a group shoot...

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Editor’s Pick: Newhall Shooting, A Tactical Analysis

In 1970, gear, training, and gun accessories were superlatively limited compared to what we have today. So, too, were their applications near-sighted. This is nowhere more evidenced than in the tragic shooting deaths of four California Highway Patrolmen in Newhall, California.

An extraordinary Marlin 1873 Deluxe Special.

Marlin Firearms, Defining American Pride in Craftsmanship

An emphasis on quality workers and fine craftsmanship were strong on the mind of Marlin Firearms first President. “Gun making, while utilizing the latest in machinery and equipment, is still largely a matter of craftsmanship. The secret of Marlin superiority lies back of the great factory with its splendid equipment, in the intangible something...

Bullet genius John Nosler at his drafting table.

John Nosler’s Search for a Better Bullet

Many of the fine variety of bullets we have today are owed their heritage to ammunition guru John Nosler.   “In 1946, I was shooting a Model 70 Winchester, chambered for a .300 H&H Magnum, using 180-grain bullets. I loved the way this rifle would shoot at long range. It was accurate and it...

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An Ithaca and a Bird Horse?

Elmer Keith certainly had ways of doing things that weren’t the way others did ‘em–but so long has he had a gun in his hand like his favored Ithaca, dinner was on the table. “Shorty liked to hunt. I’d hunt coyotes with him. At that time I was packing a big old 15-pound bull-gun,...

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The Colt SAA. Did We Say Too Much?

There’s swooning, and then there’s outright hooey and malarky when it comes to praising the Colt Single Action Army. “Ounce for ounce there probably has been more unadulterated baloney written, published, and otherwise disseminated about the Singe Action Colt than any other handgun ever manufactured.”—James M. Triggs, “Colt Single Actions: A Detailed Word and...