January/February 2014 Features

Single Shot Trail Guns...by Fred Otten

  • The invention of Sam Colt's revolver ended the single shot pistol's role as an important defensive weapon. Still, the single shot lived on as a target gun favored by elite marksmen and as a trail gun favored by backwoodsmen. As a target gun, it's hard to match the single's built-in accuracy. There is absolutely no chance of a gun slide or magazine slightly deforming a bullet, and affecting accuracy as might happen with a semi-automatic pistol.

Old Easy.. A Fly I Like To Tie...by B. K. Webb

  • I have been tying this fly for twenty-five years now, and it's a killer right after the bluegill hatch in the late spring/early summer. It mimics the bluegill fry and has caught every kind of panfish, bass, and catfish you can think of. I like to drop this one at the edge of fish cover and let it sit like a dead baby bluegill. It doesn't sit long if the fish are there. If you haven't heard, I'm cheap so I tie my own tippets and for this fly I like to use a 15 1b. to 8 lb. to 4 lb. tippet that's about 12 feet long.

One Gun - Many Options...by Charlie Chalk

  • The old saying is 'Beware of the man who has one gun, he may know how to use it.' In this economy, with the rising price of firearms, it is always nice to make one gun do multiple tasks. Multi-caliber/double barrel guns have been around for a long time, but today we have a lot of options to make one gun shoot a variety of calibers. For the purpose of being in the backwoods travel, one gun is the best choice when it comes to weight, versatility and simplicity.

A Rolling Deer Blind...by Tim Rowe

  • If most hunters are like me, they wait anxiously for the day they hear that heartwarming question that their children or grandchildren ask, "Can I go hunting with you?". In my case, it came from my twelve year old granddaughter just a few days after I shot my deer on Thanksgiving Day during the 2013 deer season. I think it's because they want to experience nature close-up instead of watching it on the television, and wanting to spend time with the persno they look up to and depend on.

Melting Scrap Metals Easily...by Winston Foster

  • If you have any scraps of silver or damaged silver coins around the house they can be easily melted without any kind of furnace. A propane torch (LPG) found in most shops will produce enough heat for several metals. The reason for wanting the scraps melted into one piece would vary for each person. Most coin silver prior to 1965 is usually around 90% silver with some other metals added in small percentages to toughen it more than pure silver, which is fairly soft. Sterling silver has a bit more silver than coins, about 92.5%. Any jewelry with a stamp 925 on it is sterling silver.

Sheltering In Place During Winter...by Russ Beauvais