While it may still be summer, don’t be fooled. Fall hunting season is approaching faster than you think. Yes, the time is now to go through your hunting gear and get it sorted out so you will be prepared for a successful season. Actually, there’s more to it than just going through your gear. You’ve got to take care of yourself, too.
How can you even say that you are a gun extremist and not like lever actions? Yes, autoloaders and bolt actions rule the day with their accuracy, capacity, and modularity, but why does the antiquated lever gun still remain popular 160 odd years after they were first introduced? Maybe I’m biased, but as a lover of all things pew pew related, the lever action has never lost its appeal to me. The first hunting rifles (and by extension home protection and plinking guns as well) I remember were the Marlin, Winchester, and Browning lever actions my family hunted with. My brother, a guy who’s forgotten more about guns than I’ll ever know, picked up a Savage Model 99 in .308 Winchester about 30 years ago. The Savage employs a hammerless design that delivers bolt action accuracy due in part to its ability to shoot spitzer-style bullets.
In western Montana, the whitetail buck rut doesn't start until the last week of the season so it has always been a tradition to go out and do some rattling for bucks on Thanksgiving morning.
On my way up the mountain, I passed some grizzly tracks meandering through the fresh snow alongside the road but didn't give them much thought because this is grizzly country. Having already trudged through the snow for three empty stands now I wanted to get one more in before looping back to the truck. Moments within ending the first rattle a brushing sound was heard out to my right. Anticipating a big buck to walk out of the trees any moment I brought up my Axeon EDR Scope to my eye, but what was revealed had huge claws and a massive shoulder hump!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have picked up on the fact that a commodity, namely firearm ammunition, that was available in profusion last year at this time, is rarer than hen’s teeth today. For those who haven’t anticipated this day by making a weekly pilgrimage to the ammo counter for the previous “fat” years, a trip to the range with your new Axeon handgun light is out of the question-- or is it? Yes, times are lean now, but there are a few ways to score some boxes of ammo should you be in the need.
With both the SHOT Show and the original date for the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibitions canceled for 2021, the itch to get out and do something with industry people was just getting the best of me by April of 2021. I’ve spent two show seasons cooped up in the office or working from home so I reasoned to myself what could a short trip up the turnpike to T-town hurt? The answer was nothing. To be certain the Wannenmacher’s Gun Shows are tremendous events held in a huge bi-level 11-acre indoor facility. Unlike the trade shows that concentrate on the new, the novel, and the flash-in-the-pan, this gun show is like walking into the JM Davis Firearms Museum in Claremore, OK, except you can buy almost anything on display. Oh, there’s plenty of new guns, beater guns, and common accessories there, but the real draw, for me at least, are the antique firearms and curiosities that are brought out. The Wannenmacher family traditionally puts on two shows a year, both at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, OK.
I get it. Not everyone is super enthusiastic about having a light on the end of a gun of any sort. If they aren’t for you, then you don’t have to worry about them. Just blissfully go on about your business and things will be ok. I promise. For those of you who either haven’t formed an opinion on the matter and especially those who are fond of the idea of having a light that is always pointing downrange, hang out with us for a little bit.
Throughout history man has been keenly interested in lobbing a rock just a little further, a little faster, a little more accurately than the other guy. Nothing has changed with this concept. When the rock gave way to the spear, the spear was optimized and the spear thrower, likewise, honed his skills to ensure that whether in the battle for his life or the battle for his supper he was successful. In time the spear gave way to the atlatl, a form of spear that can be hurled with much greater speed than a regular old spear. If you can add speed, you can add range and accuracy, the odds of going home hungry or just going home change. In time the atlatl then gave way to the bow and arrow. The science and practice of such skills would best be described as existential, a word that is very much over used these days.
While not true for everyone, many of us get a few days off of work around this time of the year. Oh it seems all enticing on the surface, but by the time all of the family obligations and honey-do’s are taken care of, did you actually gain a minute of time for yourself? If you are like me, the answer is a resounding “NO”. Well, for the most part anyway.
Axeon Stocking Stuffers
-Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Some of our gear fits really well into a stocking. Thankfully there’s only one time of the year when we consider the size of a sock as a good measuring device for a gift, but since that is the mode of the day, consider these cool pieces of kit for your loved one, or as a guilty splurge for yourself!
Every year many of us are left wondering what gift to get the man in our lives? Ammo is always a good choice, but it’s a bit hard to come by this year. You could go with the old gift card backup plan, but sometimes that seems a bit impersonal. Here’s 7 optical gift ideas for your outdoorsman that you can wrap and stick a bow to for under $100.