Posts Tagged ‘shotgun’

The NEW Franchi Instinct Over/Under Shotgun

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I spent most of last week at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor, Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas where retailers in the hunting industry typically announce new product launches.  New gear for the bird hunter in 2012 included offerings from Muck Boots, Under Armor and Irish Setter.  However, the most eye-popping products for me were Franchi’s new Instinct L and Instinct SL over/under shotguns.


Part of the Benelli family, all Franchi shotguns are Italian made and will be on display in Kansas City at National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic coming up next month.


Check out this fantastic video of the new Instinct L:

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.


Whose Shotgun Would You Want?

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

My mom bagged this ruffed grouse with her first shot using grandpa's Citori.

Chad Love, author of “Man’s Best Friend” blog on the Field & Stream website and fellow Quail Forever blogger, recently passed along a post idea for me.  It seems that famed pheasant hunting author Steve Grooms has elected to sell his favorite pheasant gun, a 12 gauge over/under Ithaca model 600 made by SKB.  It got me thinking about shotguns and if there’s one out there I’d aspire to one day own. 

My first thought went to a recent book about Ernest Hemingway’s guns.  Ultimately I’d prefer to possess the fishing rod & reel Hemingway used in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula – my home stomping grounds – while penning the Big Two-Hearted River, more than any of Ernie’s firearms.  Teddy Roosevelt came to mind as well, but ultimately I’m not particularly infatuated with owning famous people’s things. 

For me, I think someday I’d like to inherit both of my grandpa’s shotguns.  My Grandpa St.Pierre passed away last fall leaving my dad with a matching 12 and 20 gauge Winchester Model 12 pair. Likewise, my Grandpa Maurer left his 20 gauge Browning Citori featherlight to my mom when he passed a few years back.  All three of those guns carry on my family’s hunting traditions; something shared by both sides of my heritage.  That’s something I’m proud to be a part of and represent in my last name. 

Is there someone else’s shotgun out there you hope to shoulder one day?

The Pointer is written by Bob St.Pierre, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Marketing.  Follow Bob on Twitter @BobStPierre.

Can You Name That Classic Shotgun?

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Dave Dean after a 1954 hunt near Fall River Mills, California

Scott Dean of Lincoln, California, shared this photo of his father Dave Dean after a 1954 hunt near Fall River Mills, California. Dave, 80, still hunts and is a Pheasants Forever Life Member ($1,000 donation)!
The shotgun he’s holding, a very old scattergun indeed, was the subject of a 2004 article in Pheasants Forever Journal written by Dave himself. Can you name it? I’ll post the answer Monday.

 Answer: The gun is an 1897 Winchester 12 ga. pump. The Winchester Model 1897, also known as the Trench Gun, Model 97 and M97, was a pump-action shotgun with an external hammer and tube magazine manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. The Model 1897 was an evolution of the Winchester Model 1893 designed by John Browning. From 1897 until 1957, over one million of these shotguns were produced. The gun was used by every branch of the military in the Phillipine-American War, World War I and II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

Additional Note: About the “Cutts compensator” on the 1897 muzzle, Ian Christensen, who responded to this blog earlier, added: “Winchester (as far as I know) bought the rights and patents for the Cutts Compensator that was on the M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun. They used them for a little while on their shotguns to reduce recoil. That wasn’t their real reason for buying the rights to it, though. They were building a new type of external choke system that employed some of the patents that the Cutts Compensator had, and they didn’t want a lawsuit. That looks like an early Cutts in the photo. 

The Nomad is written by Mark Herwig, Editor of the Pheasants Forever Journal and Quail Forever Journal. Have a classic photo you’d like to share? Send your pre-1980 upland hunting related photo to Mark at

Can you Name that Classic Shotgun?

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Can you identify Roy Watson's shotgun from this 1946 photo?

PF member Jim Watson of Omaha, Nebraska, shared this photo of his father Roy Watson after a hunt in 1946 near Albion, Nebraska. In the photo, Roy had just returned home from serving in the Marines during WWII. Roy, now 86 and living in Omaha, patched up airplanes in Hawaii as they came in shot up from the war in the Pacific. What shotgun is he packing?

Answer: The shotgun, as Mr. Wickstrom noted, is an LC Smith SXS with hammers and 32-inch, full choke barrels. The car, for the record, is a 1936 Ford coupe. “When I was a teenager,” Jim wrote, “I used this shotgun to hunt pheasants.  It was so heavy you couldn’t be very quick with it, but after everyone else had shot, I could still knock them out of the air.”

The Storm Report visits a Gunsmith

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Shotguns, like their owners, come in all sizes. A visit with your local gunsmith can help you find the adjustments that make your shotgun fit just right, which in turn will improve your shooting.

Annual Pheasants Forever Shotgun Review Kicks Off Pheasant Fest in Nebraska!

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The 12 Gauge Beretta Xplor was one of the new shotguns tested in Omaha last month.

On May 13, the Pheasant Fest crew headed to Omaha.  We were joined by 30 other Pheasants Forever members for PF’s annual new shotgun test event.   We shot 17 new guns on a beautiful sunny (and yes windy) day just outside of Omaha at Werner Valley Shooting Complex on the banks of the Platte River.

First off, I have never shot at a more beautiful facility in my life. The lodge, sporting clays, and 5-stand were state-of-the-art with a leather-appointed indoor range to top it off.

We shot several new models and some slightly older models with upgrades. We shot guns from Beretta, Benelli, Remington, Winchester, Browning, Connecticut Shotgun, CZ, Stoeger, Ithaca, Weatherby, Fausti USA, Verona, Franchi, Ugartechea, Parker, and an optic from Burris. We also took full advantage of the beautiful indoor range and shot a DPMS Panther 5.56 and Kimber .45.

All of the guns performed great; however, there were two that when all was said and done, people wanted to shoot more. The first was the Benelli Legacy 28 Gauge, while the second most popular was the gun with the mounted Burris Speed Bead.

After the shoot, we all adjourned to the lodge to discuss the guns and talk about National Pheasant Fest coming to Omaha next January 28, 29, and 30 in 2011.

To learn more about all these fine guns look for your Pheasants Forever Fall Magazine for my article giving you the specifics!