Irwin Greenstein

Irwin Greenstein

Irwin Greenstein is Publisher of Shotgun Life. Please send your comments to letters@shotgunlife.com.

Monday, 01 February 2021 00:00

Beretta Holding Acquires Holland & Holland

According to a Feb. 1, 2021 press release, Beretta Holding has signed an agreement for the acquisition of 100 percent of Holland & Holland Ltd., which takes effect immediately. The terms and conditions of the acquistion were not disclosed.

Tuesday, 02 February 2021 16:55

LONGTHORNE ‘BOXLOCK’ TRIGGER PLATE RANGE

PRESS RELEASE 02.02.2021

Longthorne Gunmakers have recently completed their trigger plate boxlock range, this has been developed, and made in Great Britain over the past year despite the confines of COVID 19 and incorporates their innovative patented barrels (game or sporting) together with several other features all developed and made in Great Britain including Longthorne chokes (extended and flush), adjustable comb mechanism and recoil pads, and all made in house, a UK first.  

Over our dinner at a private quail plantation in South Georgia, I talked with Arthur S. DeMoulas, the American owner of London best-gun maker Boss & Co., about the company’s gorgeous new 12-bore ambidextrous sidelever.

The new 12-bore sidelever over/under, called the “1812 Edition,” celebrates the company’s founding that year by Thomas Boss. It’s also a tip of the hat to Boss’s original sidelever side-by-sides popular with the Victorian gentry.

North Haven, CT – Break-action shotguns have long-been considered the best tool for upland hunters and clay shooters for the ability to customize shot type and spread, their refined appearance, and their reliability. Mossberg is pleased to introduce an extensive line of field and sporting over-and-under (O/U) shotguns: the Mossberg International Silver Reserve Field and Mossberg International Gold Reserve Sporting Series of shotguns. These well-appointed, double guns are available in 12, 20, 28-gauge and 410 bore in the Silver Reserve series along with a 20-gauge Youth gun. The Gold Reserve series is available in 12 and 20-gauge and 410 bore. All Reserve Series shotguns feature chrome-lined bores and chambers and dual-locking lugs. 

SONOMA, CALIFORNIA – DEC. 15, 2020 Wing & Barrel Ranch — Wine Country’s premier members-only sporting club for discerning outdoor, food, and wine enthusiasts —announced that, with its clubhouse construction nearly completed and a limited number of member spots remaining, guests who choose membership before Dec. 31, 2020 will additionally receive an exclusive and generous yearlong dining stipend in addition to the other benefits the Ranch offers.

In American shotgun lore, the 16 gauge still possesses the sweet fragrance of nostalgia when, back in the day, upland hunting with a hardware store gun carried on the open range or along fence rows with your favorite dog produced explosive coveys. 

Longthorne Gunmakers of England announced their first side by side, called the Renaissance.

Like other Longthorne sidelock and boxlock shotguns, the side-by-side Renaissance has barrels machined from a single steel billet for improved accuracy, lower recoil and reduced muzzle flip on the second shot. The barrels, proofed for steel shot, are 100% English made at Longthorne’s factory in Northampton. 

On the night of February 10, 2020, Marty Robinson and three friends were in a texting session about field trials, when their conversation took an urgent turn.

“We felt that something bad was needed to change things up,” Marty recalled. “There have been no changes to field trials in the past 145 years. We wanted to fortify the sport.”

The acrylic painting of a lesser scaup (bluebill) drake by Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, was selected from 138 entries as the winner of the 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest in Falls Church, Virginia.

Sunday, 18 October 2020 19:05

2020 Pheasant Hunting Forecast

AUTUMN TRADITIONS AWAIT,
AND IT’S GOOD NEWS FROM MUCH OF PHEASANT COUNTRY

If you lived through the winter of 2019-20 in the northern strongholds of pheasant country, you got a little worried for the birds as the weeks marched on, snow really piled up, and several arctic episodes sunk down on the countryside.

But not to fear: Across pheasant range, the birds toughed it out (a credit to our favorite gamebirds’ resiliency after more than a hundred generations of survival in America) … but it sure was a help when winter seemed to ease up and melt away just when that was most needed.