Rifle

TC Contender

Thompson/Center’s Humble Beginnings

A man, a garage, and the idea for a firearm–for Thompson/Center, such meager beginnings proved to be the foundation for a most unique gun company. “For Kenneth Thompson, a New York toolmaker, the end of WWII marked the birth of his own firm. From his Long Island garage, he shipped molds and tooling for...

A custom Ruger No. 1. This single-shot is a perennial favorite of stalking hunters and precision shooters alike.

The Ruger No. 1 Rifle, From the Beginning

A trip in the way-back machine gives a behind the scenes look at Bill Ruger’s animosity for the Mauser bolt-actions so popular at the time. “I was amused and pleased to discover that Bill Ruger shares my sense of revulsion to the sloppy feel of most Mauser type actions when the bolt is opened—it...

Mentor

Passing it On–Gun Sports and the Next Generation

We can’t expect to keep our heritage of shooting and gun sports if we don’t pass it on to the next generation of sportsmen. “I landed in Des Moines [for the] Youth Hunter Education Challenge camp … . More than 100 young people … were participating. … Several of the events involved ‘live fire.’...

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....

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...

Stanley L. Wood's "Lion Hunter."

Enough Gun for an Angry Lion

 When it comes to fending off a surprised lion and his girlfriends feasting on zebra tartare, the situation requires both enough gun and fast reflexes. “As the trail took us through the tall grass and around a small hill, suddenly we surprised a large male lion and its two lionesses contentedly feeding upon a recently killed...