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Chemical foams — gun cleaning magic

I don’t remember where I picked up the can of Wipe-Out Brushless Bore Cleaner — but it had been sitting on my workbench shelf for quite a while.

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September 29 at 9:00 am
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The Daisy BB gun

I have no idea what happened to it, but the first honest-to-gosh gun I ever handled was a Daisy BB gun given to me by my dad on my sixth birthday.

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August 29 at 9:00 am
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The ProChrono Digital chronograph

I’ve written about the “wildcatting” era in the early 1950s when the U.S. economy was booming in the years coming out of World War II and then the Korean War. 

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July 31 at 9:00 am
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Tales from the camp

Fervent Rainwater shifted his cud as I walked up to the camp porch, and spit a long stream of Skoal between the paws of Ol’ Blue, the redbone hound lying at his feet.

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June 29 at 5:00 am
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NRA’s Whittington Center

The NRA Whittington Center is a 33,000 acre Mecca for shooters that was opened to the public in 1973 and just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Over that time, it has grown to be one of the premier shooting facilities in the world.

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May 30 at 9:00 am
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Ruger’s SR22 — Small, accurate, fun

I’m going to let you in on the next big thing in handguns. You get the opportunity to get in on this before the rush, like what happened with the Ruger LCP and the Smith & Wesson Shield.

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April 30 at 9:00 am
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Turkey patterns and cleaning tips

In turkey hunting, preparation is everything.

So thinking about you guys (and gals) who get all heated up over feathers in the spring, I thought I would write about patterning — and cleaning your guns.

I have a 12 gauge, 2 ¾-inch-chambered barrel I had cut off years ago to about 25 inches and had the gunsmith install screw-in choke tubes.

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March 27 at 9:00 am
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Manchac swamp stranding shows importance of survival gear

If you’ve ever traveled Interstate 55 south to New Orleans, you have passed over that exotic, and almost mystical area between two of Louisiana’s major lakes — Lake Maurepas, and Lake Pontchartrain.

The mixed cypress and hardwood swamps bordered by brackish and freshwater marshes are connected by Pass Manchac, the winding waterway that connects Lake Maurepas with its much larger brother, Lake Ponchartrain. 

Little has changed this area since Iberville passed through in 1699, en route to the French fleet anchored at the Chandeleur Islands. He and his brother Bienville split their forces at Bayou Manchac, just south of the site of present-day Baton Rouge. They were returning from their exploration of the Mississippi River as far north as the Red River’s junction with the “Father of Waters.” 

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February 28 at 9:00 am
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A real matchstriker, finally

One of the greatest shots I ever made was with a bolt-action .22 Magnum. 

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January 30 at 9:00 am
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Ruger’s 1911

It has been noted that what you get today for a reasonable price in a 1911 pistol would have cost you a lot extra just a few years ago.

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December 30, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Handgunning for varmints

We were never overrun with those juicy targets we read about in the big sporting magazines — articles by guys who referred to their shooting cult as “varminters.”

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November 29, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Varmint hunting (Deep South style)

I don’t know why we were never arrested.

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October 30, 2013 at 9:00 am
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“Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire”

Kris Koenig introduced himself to me as “the only national public television producer I know of with a concealed carry permit.”

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September 01, 2013 at 9:00 am
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Where have all the bullets gone?

If by now you haven’t experienced the frustrating bullet shortage or voiced a loud complaint about it, it’s a fair bet you don’t shoot for a hobby — or shoot at all.

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August 29, 2013 at 9:00 am
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How to shoot well

I’ve never been much of a shotgunner — mainly due to lack of practice.Read More...
July 31, 2013 at 9:00 am
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The building of ‘Beulah Belle’

In the late ’40s and ’50s, the United States was undergoing a boom economy, recovering from restricted materiel supplies that resulted from World War II.Read More...
June 27, 2013 at 9:00 am
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