MEET THE WINNERS: 2018 GOOD DOG PHOTO CONTEST
It goes without saying that Garden & Gun readers love dogs as much as the editors do. For proof, look no further than our annual Good Dog Photo Contest. This year we received nearly 8,000 submissions, and as you might imagine, picking a top dog was no easy task. Congratulations to our overall winner, Elsa, a chocolate Labrador retriever from Sandy Run, South Carolina.
We’ve put together slideshows of the top readers’ choice picks along with lots more of our favorites—from playful puppies to dogs outdoors to class clowns. A big thanks to everyone who shared their photos with us. And now, enjoy the good dogs.
Tips for Busting Clays
Shatter More Clay Pigeons with These Tips
"I was very nervous about my first dove hunt. I was in my early 20s at the time and had never shot anything that moved. When I was a child, my father and I spent sunny afternoons shooting cans and other small objects with his .22 rifle, but I had very little experience shooting a shotgun. I didn't want to go on the dove hunt and embarrass myself in front of all those strangers by missing every dove I tried to shoot.
When I expressed my concern to my friend and mentorJohn Phillips, he said, "Stephy, don't worry about it. I'll take you down to White Oak Plantation near Tuskegee, Alabama, and let Mathew Pitman, a Level II sporting-clays instructor, teach you how to shoot sporting clays. After a day with him, you'll knock those doves out of the sky as quickly as you can spot them."
One Saturday afternoon before my dove hunt we met up with Pitman at White Oak Plantation for a couple hours of sporting-clays lessons."
PROPER GUN MOUNT
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THESE SAFETY TIPS. (article courtesy of Realtree.com)
Christine Strange, Founder & VP of Sales
As a club we do more than just shoot guns – we take trips together, develop friendships and most importantly, offer hope and comfort to those who have been diagnosed or are surviving breast cancer. Our aim is to keep our minds off of the illness and on our lives.
my story started.
My name is Christine and I am just like you; a wife, a Mom, a sister, a daughter and an aunt. Seven years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'll never forget that moment when the phone rang... it changed my life forever. I enjoy today, I thank God for each and every day. I am grateful for my close girlfriends and cherish my family. I say “I love you” often.
I started the “Tickled Pink Shooting Club” for all women. Together we can shoot stuff just like the boys can (even better) and we can conquer our fears. Together we can laugh, cry, be our true authentic selves and beat this target called “breast cancer”. We will shoot “Bullets for Boobies… one bullet at a time”.
Check out the four basic safety rules from the Armed Defense Training Association.
Article credits: http://armeddefense.org/safetyrules
The Four Basic Principles of Safe Gun Handling
To help ensure safe practices at home and on the range, make these gun handling principles your own, and they will become natural habits whenever you handle a firearm. The Armed Defense Training Association (ADTA) observes and enforces these principles at all ADTA events, from demonstrations to dry practice events to live fire events, and we're glad to help new shooters get started.
1. Treat every firearm as if it's loaded.
Even if you're absolutely certain a gun is unloaded, still follow these rules for safe gun handling. You want these rules to be natural habits; holding yourself to them each and every time helps make them so.
2. Never point a firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
Accept the mindset to always keep your gun pointed in a direction that would safely stop the bullet should it discharge. At an ADTA event, if you're not on the firing line, your gun should stay holstered muzzle-down, cased, or locked open and pointing down and away from people. If you're on the firing line, your gun should stay pointed downrange, at the bullet trap backstop at the end of the range. If you will be cleaning or handling your unloaded gun at home, find a safe direction ahead of time -- bullets penetrate floors, ceiling, windows, and walls. Masonry, a full bookcase, a full freezer, downward (if you're on the ground floor), or even a five gallon bucket of sand may be good options.
3. Always be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
You are responsible for the entire path of every bullet you fire from your gun. If you hit your intended target, the bullet may still continue through. ADTA live-fire events are conducted at locations with designated bullet trap backstops or berms to help contain rounds to the intended range area; you are responsible for only aiming in directions where you can be assured the bullet will be safely stopped.
4. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are on target and ready to fire.
At ADTA events, when you're holding a gun but not shooting, you'll hear us ask you to "index" your trigger finger. This means to keep your trigger finger straight, and to raise it up to rest flat alongside the body of your gun. Whenever you are not on target and ready to fire, your trigger finger should always be outside the trigger guard and resting straight and flat alongside the body of your gun.
Sirens, Grab Your Syren...
The World's finest line of shotguns and accessories created for the lady competitor, huntress and shotgun enthusiast.
Over the years many firearm manufacturers have considered making a firearm for women. Some decided the market is too small to justify the effort. Others have made halfhearted attempts, or even worse a gun with a shortened stock that has been painted a silly color. In our opinion these efforts are something less than genuine. Syren is a different story.
As a division of Caesar Guerini and Fabarm, the goal of Syren is to provide products that are exclusively designed for every female shooter. We want to finally end the need for making compromises. No more modifying existing products, no more paint to cover up an altered stock, no more youth models being pushed towards you as your only option. Our shotguns and accessories are designed just for women and led by women. Everyone involved with Syren, from our female management team to our pro-staff ladies, are committed to producing the best products possible so that there will be no more compromises when it comes to our lady shooters and their needs.
Tickled Pink Shooting Club at
Pull 'Em for Pink 2015
Pull 'Em for Pink
Pull 'Em for Pink Sporting Clay Tournaments 2014-2015
at Legacy Lookout at FOXHALL Resort & Sporting Club in Douglasville, GA
Benefitting the The Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network, Inc.