CAMPFIRE TALES

JOHN TAFFIN'S LOOK BACK ON A LIFETIME WITH GUNS
Voices From The Past

History has been a passion of mine ever since grade school days and I thank the excellent teachers who instilled this love within me.
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Holster History

Imagine, if you will, this discussion between some opinionated old shootists sitting around the celestial campfire:
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The Single-Six

After I got the Marlin 39A Mountie I talked about last month, I soon wanted to add an appropriated companion piece — a really good .22 sixgun. A young...
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Marlin Memories

The year is 1956. Eisenhower’s in the White House and will be re-elected in November. A first-class postage stamp costs 3 cents. John Wayne stars in what...
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60 Years of Concealed...

As I mentioned last month, when I was teaching I felt protecting my students was much more important than any regulations. Of course, I had to be able to...
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60 Years Of Concealed Carry

I didn’t have to try to decide whether or not a single action was suitable for defense; it was simply all I had to choose from. My choices in that first...
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Christmas Eve 1896

One of the dearest friends I have is the Pistol Packin’ Preacher, Jim Taylor. Not only is he a friend, he’s also one of the men I admire the most —...
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When Less Is More

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts,...
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The Powder People

I must admit I couldn’t understand how so many reloaders got into the predicament they found themselves in during the Obama years — remember the Great...
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Good Guns Gone

One of the most difficult things about getting older is losing old friends. Only a very small percentage of my high school graduating class still survives;...
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If Guns Could Talk…

We’ve all come across a particularly interesting classic gun we wished could talk. But sometimes they do talk — at least a little.
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Riding With Ronald Reagan

One of the best things about my job is all the interesting people I meet. I first met Robert G. “Bob” Baer in the early 1980s and I’ve spoken of him...
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Past Masters of the DA...

There’s no doubt we’re living in the age of the semi-auto. This wasn’t always the case and during the last century, especially from the 1920s to the...
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Past Masters of the...

There is no doubt we are living in the age of the semi-automatic pistol. However, this was not always the case and during the last century, especially from...
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Past Masters of the...

Walter Roper’s books are still worth reading; Keith Brown replicates the Roper stocks. This S&W .357 Magnum from the 1930s is stocked with Roper grips.
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Past Masters Of The...

During the last century, especially from the 1920s to the 1970s, the double-action sixgun was definitely the King. There were many men who raised the use of...
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