Skyhorse Shotgun Books

Skyhorse Publishing ( specializes in outdoor sports, nature, country living, military history, and reference books. If you have regular shotgun work in your shop, or are an afficiando, they have two titles of interest.

Fine Shotguns: The History, Science, and Art of the Finest Shotguns from Around the World by John Taylor offers a global view of top-end shotguns, including those priced like luxury automobiles, from the United States, Britain, and the European mainland with extra emphasis on Spain and Italy. Coverage includes single and double barrel, combination guns, hammer, paired, bespoke, and special-use shotguns. Visits of various high-end makers are well illustrated with glossy, four color pictures detailing the shops and factories of the big name builders. Construction and gunsmithing techniques concerning wood work, checkering and stock making, metal work and engraving, fit and finish, and other details of how top grade shotguns are made. Finally, sections on maintanance, storage, gunsmithing, care and cleaning, and accessories available for specific models wrap it up. This is a solid reference for anyone interested in high-grade guns.

Gun Trader’s Guide to Shotguns: A Comprehensive, Fully Illustrated Reference for Modern Shotguns with Current Market Values by Robert Sadowski is a bestselling reference on collectible shotguns. With over two million copies and thirty-six editions in print, this is an exhaustive compilation of cataloged, discontinued, and collectible shotguns from nearly every manufacturer. Complete with specifications on specific models and variants, along with price gradients based on the condition of the shotgun, this is ideal for those collecting, selling, and trading shotguns of all makes.

Starting with a series of articles on various collectible shotguns from Browning, Remington, Benelli, and others, the book opens with collector’s notes on noteworthy guns. Moving into the art of shotgun trading, the iiGun Trader’s Guide covers what dealers and collectors are looking for, what they want in your shotgun, and what’s required to become a dealer. Wheter buying, trading, or selling shotguns, this is a valuble reference to determing fair pricing.

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Forend Barrel Bedding System Installation

The proper use of an adjustable stock forend bedding system can be an effective way to dampen barrel vibration and improve rifle accuracy. A capable craftsman can make and install all the required parts.

by Norman E. Johnson
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Savage Model 12 AccuTrigger Upgrade

Making safe improvements on an already good product takes shooting to another level.

by Norman E. Johnson
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Smith & Wesson Victory Model

The Smith & Wesson Victory Model is a fine classic with two critical considerations.

by RK Campbell
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Trigger Jobs On Modern Guns

Smoothing up a trigger system is harder than it used to be. More and more part restrictions are the reason. Here’s how to overcome them.

by Chick Blood
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Liberty Shooting Camp and Seminar

Hillsdale College Ladies for Liberty Seminar and Shooting Camp Teaches Gun Safety, Skills, Rights
Limited spots available for Ladies for Liberty Seminar and Shooting Camp held June 5-9

Hillsdale, MI – Hillsdale College has limited openings left for enrollment in its annual Ladies for Liberty seminar and shooting camp on June 5 through 9, 2016. The camp teaches women of all experience levels shooting sports techniques and gun safety. Participants also attend lectures by Hillsdale College faculty members on topics related to the Constitution, including the Second Amendment.

“The Ladies for Liberty Shooting Camp is a great way for women of all experience levels and backgrounds to meet other women who are interested in the shooting sports,” said Sheila Hoekstra, certified National Rifle Association instructor and one of the camp’s coaches. “The atmosphere helps women feel like they can ask anything, enabling them to learn more effectively and erasing the stereotype of shooting sports as a male-only hobby.”

Ladies for Liberty will take place at Hillsdale College’s John A. Halter Shooting Sports Education Center, a 105-acre, state-of–the-art training facility just five miles from the College’s main campus in Hillsdale. Mich. An enrollment fee of $1,200 covers lodging, meals, lectures, and receptions at the Dow Conference Center on the Hillsdale College campus, as well as all lessons held at the Halter Shooting Sports Education Center.

Training topics include:

  • An introduction to handgun function and operation led by competitive shooter Sheila Hoekstra
  • Seminar on the Constitution from a Hillsdale College faculty member
  • Self-defense at home and away
  • Comparison of semi-automatic pistols and revolvers
  • How to select self-defense accessories
  • “Refuse to be a victim” course
  • An introduction to clay-target shooting led by Halter Shooting Center Range Master Bart Spieth

Shooters ages 21 and up are welcome; light-recoiling handguns will be available. Attendees may bring their own firearms upon approval by event staff in advance.

Winchester and Smith & Wesson are sponsors for this camp.

For more information, visit, or to enroll, contact Bart Spieth at, or Kim Gehrke at

Ladies for Liberty Sheila Hoekstra, instructor (second from right) Photos provided by Ellie Bartlett

Ladies for Liberty
Sheila Hoekstra, instructor (second from right)
Photos provided by Ellie Bartlett

Ladies for Liberty Bartley Spieth with students

Ladies for Liberty
Bartley Spieth with students


The Winchester Model 94

A fresh look at what’s gone on inside Browning’s classic!

by Dick Maheu
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