Holly Heyser wonders if doves will take flight this year in her native California. She reads the natural signs — even their IQ (so to speak) to figure out whether or not 2012 will give Californians another epic season. Check out Holly’s dove forensics in her September column of “Butt, Belly, Beak, Bang!” on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/9sva2ub.
Shotgun Life has the exclusive on Krieghoff’s new K-80 Parcours – the lightest K-80 ever. For K-80 fans who always thought the gun was a bit hefty, take heart: the K-80 Parcours is spectacular. We shot it. The gun was nimble, recoil-free and delivered neutral handling. Get all the details on the K-80 Parcours and other innovations in the wings at Krieghoff on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/8oz2jt5.
M.W. Reynolds and Spanish gunmaker AyA have teamed up to bring a lovely and affordable side-by-side to American wingshooters. Called the Bournbrook, it marries the elegant round-body profile with an affordable boxlock action, select walnut and full-coverage hand engraving for a shotgun that must rank as one of the best values available. Check out Mike Sabbeth’s story on this unique offering from M.W. Reynolds at http://tinyurl.com/cztp66h.
Olympian Kim Rhode talks about motivation and personal causes to Shotgun Life. Read it now at http://tinyurl.com/66rnwou.
Beretta’s new DT11 is heir to the competition legacy of the DT10. The DT11 features revolutionary barrel technology, improved center of gravity and other refinements on the wish list of DT10 owners. These guns, used by international champions, are hand crafted. They exude quality and rank among the finest over/unders in the world. Having shot 200 rounds of sporting clays with the DT11 at the new Beretta Shooting Grounds in upstate New York, Shotgun Life Publisher, Irwin Greenstein weighs in on the magnificent DT11. Check out the details at www.shotgunlife.com.
It takes a single, careless moment with a shotgun before you realize it’s too late. Prevent accidents by taking 4½ minutes to watch the safety video produced by the Dorchester Shooting Preserve. This video covers all the vital basics. Don’t take safety for granted. Watch it. Share it. Remember it. On Shotgun Life at www.shotgunlife.com, then scroll down the right-hand column.
Muscle memory is one of those secret ingredients to achieve great shotgunning results. Muscle memory means that you train your body to subconsciously mount the shotgun, execute the shot and hit the target in a consistent manner. The problem for many shooters, though, is that muscle memory requires more practice than we have the time and money to spend on achieving it. So is there an alternative for shotgunners to develop muscle memory? Shotgun Life Editor, Deborah McKown, writes about the Muscle Memory System from the Robert Louis Company. Basically, it’s a suite of products that you can use indoors to practice your mount, swing and target focus. You can use it in any weather, and after the initial up-front cost you pay zero dollars to perfect your muscle memory. Check out Deb’s story on Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/7a5ebjv.
Wingshooting Theater hosts a new video on Dorchester Shooting Preserve in Midway Georgia. Watch quail break cover in classic Georgia habitat. The coveys run fast and hard. There’s plenty of fine shooting and dog work. You’ll also see great duck hunting. And if you like harmonicas you’ll be in for a treat. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/7hhlqhl.
“Sporting Clays Magic at Pintail Point” is the story of one mother and daughter becoming involved in the shotgun sports. What’s the big deal? An increasing number of women are taking up clays shooting in a big way. See how Joanne Prager and her daughter, Paulena, are navigating the path to the 2012 National Sporting Clays Championship held at the Caribou Gun Club. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/c7tadx7.
John Wiles shares his 30+ years of experience in a new article titled “7 Essential Steps for Finding Your Ideal Outfitter.” John’s advice can make the difference between a great trip and a terrible waste of money. On Shotgun Life at http://tinyurl.com/6rjhpb5.