CAMPFIRE TALES

JOHN TAFFIN'S LOOK BACK ON A LIFETIME WITH GUNS
Marlin or Winchester?

Regular readers of this column know my first firearm was a .22 rifle — not just any .22 rifle, but a Marlin 39A Mountie.
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Absent Friends

Regular readers know I never repeat myself, however I sometimes, well, review things. I’ve often said the best part of my job is not all the guns, but...
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The Fixer

A few years back I got a call from my good friend Jim Martin — a single-action sixgunsmith in Arizona. He’d called to tell me he had a .44 Special New...
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Voices From The Past: Part 2

Last month we looked at thoughts on semi-auto pistols made five generations ago or so. Now as we turn to double-action revolvers we need to set the stage....
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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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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...

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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Holster History

Imagine, if you will, this discussion between some opinionated old shootists sitting around the celestial campfire:
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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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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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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...

Although I like having so many choices, I try to keep simple in whatever I’m carrying.
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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 were a 7-1/2"...
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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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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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Bucket List Books

Although I did not know it at the time, I grew up poor. My father had died before I was a year old and my mother remarried when I was 3. My stepdad had...
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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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Peace Officer Pistols

The Driving Force In Custom Pistols Has Traditionally Been The Men Who Use Them Most
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Hail The .41 Magnum

Sometimes things just don’t happen the way they should. The .38 Special, an improvement on the shorter and slightly fatter .38 S&W, arrived around the...
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Old Stuff Is Still Good Stuff

We are trapped in an ever-changing world so much so it seems to be a fact the only thing that doesn’t change is the fact everything changes. Fortunately,...
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Counting On A New Number

When the .44 Magnum first arrived in my area the local range, Shell’s Gun & Archery Farm, rented it out to all who were brave enough to shoot it.
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The Croft / Keith Slip Gun

Elmer Keith’s Sixguns was first published in 1955, updated in 1961 and has been reprinted several times over the past 5+ decades.
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A Very Special Revolver

It was Elmer Keith who lit the sixgunning fire in my heart, however it was Skeeter Skelton who continually fanned the flames. Keith did the majority of his...
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Mythbusting The Magnum

One thing I have always collected/accumulated has been information. I was a teenager when most of the present day gun magazines arrived in the late 1950s....
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Back To Basics

Ruger .22 sixguns are good choices whether we are in our shooting infancy or old age.
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The Legend Lives!

For a quarter-century beginning in the mid-1950s the Sixgunners Mecca was found in the little town of Salmon, Idaho, where Elmer Keith resided.
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Beware The Internet

The Internet is a wonderful resource, although I fought against using it for several years simply because I did not know how valuable it could be I also...
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What Were They Thinking?

Regular readers know of my affection for the old Smith & Wesson Classic N-Frames, the .44 Special Hand Ejectors, the .38/44 Heavy Duty and Outdoorsman, the...
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Remembering Skeeter

It is hard to believe Skeeter Skelton has been gone from us for nearly a quarter of a century. There have been many excellent gunwriters over the past 100...
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The Drought Is Over!

As I write this, it is the first month of the New Year and it is cold and snowing; however, it is also raining—raining .44 Specials. Suddenly it seems .44...
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A Half Century With Sixguns

The year was 1955. The first advisers are sent to Vietnam, Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and a bomb explodes on Flight 629...
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