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January 12, 2007

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Miscellaneous Whining From The 2007 SHOT Show

Editor's Note: Dave is reporting live from the 2007 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show in Orlando, Florida.

I've been wandering the aisles, dodging curses and punches. Jeff Foxworthy has his own line of jerky. You may be a redneck if you have enough money to come up with your own line of preserved strips of dead cattle.


A company that I will not name is not only selling John Wayne commemorative rifles, but John Wayne commemorative ammo, it being the Duke's 100th birthday. I don't get the John Wayne craze. He was a fine and much-underrated actor, but that's all he was. Wayne never punched a head of cattle, or fought in a war.


If someone would like to put out commemorative guns for a real hero, they should do it for Audie L. Murphy. In case you haven't heard of him, Murphy was a scrawny Texas kid who grew up dirt poor and became the most decorated American soldier of World War II. He won every medal we had to give, including the Medal of Honor. He went on to become a reasonably successful movie actor, but died in his 40s in an airplane crash. Murphy was what Wayne pretended to be, and we should remember him.

A Cold Steel Bargain
The SHOT Show abounds in cutlery manufacturers, and Colt Steel is always one of the most interesting. They make all sorts of lethal stuff, but also some very good hunting knives, and some very fine bargains. Shown here is one of the latter. It's a knockoff of a very famous design called the Russell Canadian Belt Knife. There have been plenty of imitations of the RCBK, most of them worthless, but this one is terrific. It's very light, razor sharp, comes with a good sheath, and costs only about $16, or so I'm told. It will not hold an edge forever, but then you resharpen it.

No need to thank me; it's my job.


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Gerald Rainey

I have a Scholtz and Larsen action in excellent condition. Will trade for a Smith and Weston 629 with 8 3/8 barrel, 44 mag

Paul Zimmerli

To Ralph the RIfleman: One minor thing: Sgt Alvin York did not win his Medal of Honor with the 03 Springfield. He was carrying a Model 1917 Enfield. What happened is that when they went to make the movie, the Army was by then fully equipped with the Springfield, so that's the gun they used instead. I certainly wish someone would bring out a reproduction of the 1917 with Sgt York's commemoratives. That would straighten the record out.


I was lucky enough to know Audie Murphy for awhile. also Greg Boyington and a few others that lived to become a part of history.
I also was lucky enough to meet and know some of the Silver Screen Legends that are also now part of time that is missed and will never be repeated. They all had something to give to make our lives better in one way or another. They are all missed, but will live on in the films they were in or were made about them.

The Cold Steel knife I bought was total junk. It came with about as much an edge as a butter knife and even though it was dull as hell the edge bent over cutting nothing more cardboard. I should have listened to my roommate in college who worked at a knife store; he said Cold Steel is mostly junk.

Roger E. Reeves,  Sr.

Knives:If you want a real hunting knife look no further than a Marble's.I was given one 62 yrs ago,( yep I'm 72)and it goes with me on every hunt even today.A few months back I was able to find a new one like the one I have, so got a new one to admire. As for John Wayne, he was what all us Western Movie nuts wanted to be, he was our hero. I did see his last interview with Barbara Walters just before his death. What a great hour that was. I was a in shock when he answered her questions about some of his movies. He stated he often forgot his lines, so he just add-libbed what sounded ok for that part. As for Audie, he was a great actor also, but never had the roles that John did for some reason. I think most of us at the time, thought of him as a kid, rather than a actor. Both were great in my book, far better than anything shown lately. Do wish some good old western movies were made today, but this young generation only knows about Vidio games, not outlaws and guns. Finally, any of you guys own a Kel-tec 3AT in 380 caliber? if so do you feel safe carrying that gun in your pocket with no safety lever? I have one, but for some reasn I cannot adjust to no outside safety lever. I;ve been assured by Kel-tec it is safe to pocket carry,( no doubt they would say so) what do you think???A in depth reply on the inner works of the gun would be appreciated.Would you be afrais to pocket carry one yourself? My understanding from Kel-tec,, was this gun was made for law enforcement as a back up gun and therefore they did not want any levers to mess with,they wanted a Auto that all you had to do ws pull the trigger if needed???? makes sense.

Roger E. Reeves,  Sr.

On Knives:I have a hunting knife like a Marble's almost, but has the name of Shapleigh's, made in St Louis stamped on the blade. Have any of you ever heard of this knife? I cannot find a web site listing such.

donald kephart

By the way John Wayne punched a few cattle, he owned a 120,000 herd feedlot and the 26 bar ranch in arizona, the largest hereford ranch in the world

Barbara Williams

Looking for a buyer for an Austrian Mannlicther. Caliber 7.25. Sent to Russia during WWII. Very few made, fewer survived.

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