Guns, Hunting & Wilderness

A proper walk

I mean besides wanting a drink, I also want to be free from dread. So says the poet Jim Harrison. Drink, of course, is the antidote to dread, but its effects are short-lived and I always feel worse afterward. Harrison often writes...

Get-home-itis

You couldn’t say we weren’t warned. The old caretaker—and, in winter, the sole inhabitant—of Chesuncook Village made it very clear. “Wait,” he said with a peculiarity that immediately earned him...

ladies man’, ladies gun’

“Ladies gun, sir”. Those words sneeringly signaled the end of the fifteen-year affair between James Bond and his .25 Beretta. After a Court of Inquiry concluded that he nearly got himself killed because of his choice of ...

Keep your shorts on

One of the things I love about Thai boxing ("Muay Thai") is the shorts. I feel the heavily designed versions seep into regular boxing a little bit as well, but no where near as much as in Thai boxing.

The glorious hammer gun

In 1875, two innovative fellows at Westley Richards in Birmingham, England patented what is still a mainstay of double-barrel shotgun making to this day—the Anson-Deeley action.

The Hunt

In his oft-quoted Meditations on Hunting, the Spaniard José Ortega y Gasset, muses on what it means to hunt an animal to its death.