Rifle

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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...

The Pedersen Device turned the bolt-action Springfield 1903 into a semi-auto firearm. This was top-secrect stuff back in 1917.

The Springfield 1903 Evolves, Sort Of

What the Springfield 1903 could have been, might have been, but never became. “It began in the late summer of 1917 when Mr. John D. Pedersen … walked into Ordance chief Crozier’s office and offered him the chance to see something truly amazing. … Producing a Springfield, Pedersen squeezed off a few shots in...

Highpower rifles, the 10-ring and Xs--Can you hit that at 1,000 yards?

Gun Quotes: Rifles Finer than Minute of Angle

Think your rifle shoots at distance? It doesn’t unless you know minute of angle like a Palma shooter knows minute of angle. “What you have to have is a rifle/ammo combination that you could consistently shoot into 1/2 minute of angle or less with iron sights at 1,000 yards if there were no wind. An...

The 2 3/4x Redfield on this M70 is Wayne’s idea of a fine all-around big game sight. Note low mount.

Wayne van Zwoll: Get the Right Scope for the Right Rifle

A lever-action carbine is as lithe under a scope as a sports car under a roof rack. On a double rifle, optics make no sense at all. While my aging eyes need glass for sharp aim, not all rifles need glass to be useful. Many animals are shot very close to the muzzle. In...