Africa Again

I once described Africa as a drug. A drug administered at the hands of a capable dealer, also known as a professional hunter. With the right dealer you’ll develop an addiction, that while financially debilitating, is emotionally fulfilling. Few things bring with them the wonderm
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Kids & Guns

When I was growing up cartoons only came on TV on Saturday morning. There were no video games, and fun was mostly found playing football, cowboys & Indians, or army. Everyone in my family was a hunter and guns were a part of our life and my childhood. I killed a lot of small game
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New Cartridges, New Guns, and Not Shooting

I just completed finished an article detailing all the new guns, ammunition, and cartridges for 2018. Shooters will be happy to learn you will have lots to choose from, and no, I cannot tell you what they all were. I like new cartridges, guns, and ammunition introductions – I am not a
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The Secret to Shooting – Its About the Basics

Sitting by the fire ring the other night, several Gunsite Academy graduates and a few professional hunters were discussing personal protection training with handguns and shooting in general. Training courses and instructors were being compared and I offered a point that is not so comm
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Pseudo Scout, Kinda Scout, or Just Scout Rifle…Does it really matter?

When it comes to Scout Rifles there is a constant argument of what does and does not qualify. Jeff Cooper conceptualized the Scout Rifle so his definition should be the deciding factor. Right? Sure. Problem is, Cooper’s definition varied over time. And, while there are some aspects of
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Imagine

Imagine if you will a 16 year old boy going to Gunsite Academy to take the highly respected, week-long, 250 Pistol Course. Imagine that same boy taking a pistol that was first introduced in 1935. Imagine that boy competing against other shooters in the course who were adults, and who
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This Thing Called a Scout Rifle

The conventional definition of the term “scout rifle” is any rifle with a forward mounted optical sight. Gunsite Academy founder Jeff Cooper coined the term and on multiple occasions defined it. However, his efforts to perpetuate a certain type of firearm are largely lost on the moder
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The Gunsite Story – 40 Years of Firearms Freedom

Offered in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Gunsite Academy and the life’s work of Jeff Cooper. From 1958 until 2003 the pages of Guns & Ammo magazine were graced with the words and wisdom of COL Jeff Cooper. Readers worldwide subscribed to read his thoughts; primarily
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The Ultimate Scout Rifle

  It could be argued there is, only has been, and ever will be, one true Scout Rifle. Cooper referred to all of the Scout Rifles he created as prototypes and proclaimed the Steyr Scout Rifle the best personal rifle in the world. You see, Cooper did not own the term “scout rifle”
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Dove Custom’s Mossberg Patriot Scout – First Shots

Scout Rifles can become obsessive, especially if you worship at the altar of lightweight. Prior to the 2016 Scout Rifle Conference at Gunsite Academy I asked my local master gunsmith Jerry Dove of Dove Custom Guns if he would like to work with me on a Scout Rifle project. He agreed an
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