Classic Firearms: Winchester Model 62
“You said it wouldn’t work, but it seems to shoot pretty fair to me.” – John Moses Browning, upon delivering his Model 1890 prototype to Winchester
What if the engineers of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company refused to allow production of John M. Browning’s Model 1890? Would its successor – and one of the finest fimfire rifles ever – have come into being? Jerry Lee of Gun Digest takes us on a journey that explores the lineage of this slide-action icon.
Join the Hunt: 5 Ways to Help Your Hunting Heritage
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain
Securing the future of hunting and the shooting sports is hard work. The number of ideas, tasks, and to-do’s can feel overwhelming. Thanks to our friends at American Hunter for publishing a handy list of first ones to start on, created for people of all experience and skill levels.
A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Used Shotgun
Hats off to our friends at Project Upland for being not only producing breathtaking content to inspire seasoned veterans, but also for being a solid resource for those just starting their upland journey. Here’s a how-to guide from Brad Stafanoni – himself a former gun shop employee – on buying a used shotgun for the first time.
“My suspicion is that countless other sportsmen harbor similar memories of their first gun. If so, they are blessed, and if perchance they still own the gun, they are rich with a tangible, touchable and deeply meaningful link to their youth.”
We all undoubtedly have significant emotional ties to our various “firsts”. And when these “firsts” are objects, we know they’re vessels of a sort. These vessels carry with them any number of memories, serving as connective tissue to the people and places that shape us over time. Thanks to author Jim Casada and Sporting Classics for reminding us of this in a way that we can all relate to.
What was your first gun? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below.
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