Irwin Greenstein

Irwin Greenstein

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

Turn back the clock to 2016 at a cocktail reception in a posh London suburb. Scotsman Grant Buchan was talking about his desire to build “a true Scottish gun” with the sales manager of a best British gunmaker. “He tried to take the wind out of me and said, you’re dreaming, you will never do it,” recalled Mr. Buchan. “Here I was, a Scottish guy with a small gunsmithing business and a dream of making my own best gun.”

That’s when Mr. Buchan experienced his David-and-Goliath moment: “I told him straight to his face, we’ll see”

Easton Maryland,  Jan 9, 2020 - RETAY ARMS LTD. STI. of Konya Turkey announced the release of the ALL NEW Gordion series of semi-automatic shotguns in the United States.

The Gordion (named for the famed town located 80 miles Southwest of the Turkish capital where Alexander The Great found his destiny to become the ruler of Asia ) was released in Europe in early 2019.

The Gordion has met with overwhelming acclaim with hunters across Europe and now it has arrived in the United States ready to make its mark.

Award-winning TriStar Arms is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Trinity line of over/under shotguns. These beautiful shotguns offer CNC-machined aluminum or steel receivers hand detailed with old-world craftsmanship.

Both the lightweight-aluminum frame and 24-carat gold inlayed steel-frame models feature deeply checkered, oil-finished Turkish walnut furniture, fiber-optic front sights, and five Beretta Mobil chokes (SK, IC, M, IM, and F).

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation‘s (SSSF) Vision 2020 campaign raised $215,465 thanks to the teams and donors who participated in 2019.

Total impact for the campaign amounts to almost $107,000 in cash grants going to Scholastic Clay Target and Scholastic Action Shooting Program teams along over $320,000 being donated by SSSF to participating team’s MidwayUSA Foundation endowment accounts!

Monday, 06 January 2020 14:17

Savage Introduces the Renegauge Semi-Auto

The all-new Renegauge from Savage proves that you don't have to answer to anything but your instincts. You don't half-step into anything. Neither does Savage Arms. We went all-in creating the next generation, American-Made semi-auto built to take everything your world of hunting can throw at it and perform–without fail and without compromise.

Sunday, 24 November 2019 23:00

Bettinsoli Italian Shotguns Come to America

I stepped down from the bird buggy marking our first stop on the South Georgia bobwhite quail plantation. I approached the side-mounted wood gun box and carefully removed an over/under from the padded brackets, exposed the breach and dropped in 20-gauge shells. We walked only a few yards when the pointer locked up. Our guide dispatched the hyper Boykin flusher into the understory. Shotgun at the ready, listening, watching, waiting, the pines and grasses aromatic of autumn conjuring a seductive beauty of the moment, when the covey exploded: bang, one shot, two birds down. 

The heaps of papers, folders and boxes in Dr. Rick Carlisle’s office conjure an Ivy-Tower academic in pursuit of a big cosmic revelation. But wait, what about his shirt? It’s a vented short-sleeve embroidered with a prominent Ames Plantation logo of two bobwhite quail on the wing.

Setting a new Guinness Official World Record feels like a bridge too far for most of us. But Dave Miller of gunmaker CZ-USA made it a dream-come-true for the four high-school students on his team who established a world record for the most number of clay targets shot in 12 hours by a team of five.

Two-time Olympic men’s skeet gold medalist Vincent Hancock claimed a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Al Ain, UAE. Competing on the women’s side, Caitlin Connor, representing the USA, set a world record and wins a gold in a unique event at the ISSF, the mixed team event. 

If the British had won the War of Independence in 1776, chances are you’d be wearing tweed instead of camo or blaze on your wingshooting adventures.  

Upland hunters in particular tend to romanticize traditional estate tweed through that gauzy sentimentality of a Doris Day close-up. Armed with our venerable double gun on a crisp autumn afternoon while adorned in tweed breeks, jacket or waistcoat and flat cap, as Fido scours the landscape, we hike though the heather ever vigilant for a flush.