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Back-Country .22 | Conversion Kit

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Think of this as the grown-man's BB Gun.  We designed and built this stock as a conversion kit to create a backpack-friendly survival rifle out of a Youth .22.   Made of Solid Walnut and Brass, this conversion kit will have you ready to plunk at dove, quail and rabbits in the back-country. (In accordance with all applicable game laws).

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Waxed Canvas Survival Kit

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Prototype / Concept for a Waxed Canvas Survival Kit Roll. Survival Kits are exciting because they kind of pose the same question that they answer: "are you capable/prepared in an emergency situation?" A survival kit provides some essentials, and those things go a long way, but don't entirely alleviate the question of whether you are up to the task.

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Quail Club Shotgun Outing

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Earlier this month, we invited a few friends to hand-load some shells, and then take a trip to the range to break some clays with our recently completed paper hull 12 gauges.

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Rufus Hussey

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I wish I were as good at anything as Rufus Hussey was at shooting a slingshot.

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The Simple Things

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“It is not from ourselves that we learn to be better than we are.” – Wendell Berry It was a summer night just about that time when the sun begins to drift away and the air begins to cool with delight. After a long day of fishing down in the river, my dad, brother and I had just arrived at a new fishing spot in hopes of finding some new opportunity. We were now at a smaller stream where the granite boulders formed a small canyon all around. It was about two hours from where we grew up -- high in the Sierra Nevada mountain range close to Lake Tahoe where trees are tall and the air is fresh. The...

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Conservation

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This is a hot subject in 2016... the ethics and necessity of hunting.  My stance is: if hunting was relevant 100 years ago, then it has to be just as relevant now.  If we have so insulated our existence, that we are too far removed from the wild to continue to hunt, perhaps the root issue is that we are out of touch with reality, rather than there being something wrong in the act of going afield. Hunting is one of the more primal, immersive and formative experiences that we as men and women can participate in. Hunting is as foundational as any activity; and it spans the entire scope of human history. In our modern world, we are becoming more and...

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Polarize Your Offerings

Posted by Dave Allee on


This piece originally appeared on the Almond Surfboards blog: I wrote briefly last week on the subject of "doing the work that others aren't willing to do" in an effort to share more of the lessons I have learned over the last eight years, and received some encouraging feedback from that post.  One guy on Instagram even did an illustration based on the piece, which was awesome. So, I'm going to continue sharing some things that I think have value.  Part of it feels a bit counter-intuitive, because I've had to learn these the hard way, and there's a certain right-of-passage involved, but hopefully you will save yourself some headaches by learning from me.  I know I have certainly had...

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Multi-Purpose Rifle

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Rifles are a subject that I’ve always been fascinated by. I am rather bored by the macho fascination with military style guns. It seems like the grown man version of playing with G.I. Joes to me. I prefer to think of rifles as being in the same category as cars, guitars and surfboards as handsome instruments of impressive engineering. The craftsmanship that goes into a well-built rifle is lightyears beyond that of even the nicest surfboard. (That said, even the nicest things that man has created doesn’t even sniff the awe of God’s creation. Sometimes I think we forget how small we are, and how insignificant our creations are in comparison.) Back to rifles… Machismo and preconceived notions aside, there is a...

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Donald M. Jones

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Donald M Jones is one of my all-time favorite photographers.  I first became aware of his work in the pages (usually the cover) of Sports Afield, and have admired his photography for the last several years.  He lives in Troy, Montana, and specializes in photographing wild species and wild places.  Mr. Jones has a unique ability to bring wildlife and stunning landscapes together into crisp, clear view.  As close as you may get to these magnificent animals in the wild, Donald seems to bring them even closer.  Thank you for braving the elements to bring images like this to those of us confined to more insulated environments.  Sporting photographers like Mr. Jones have so many variables to align in order...

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Elk Refuge Bighorns

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A herd of Bighorn Sheep wintering in the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Was pleasantly surprised to see these guys in the distance while we were watching Elk at the Refuge, so we drove over for a closer look.

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