Archive for Lamar Smith

Hunting the Very Elusive Nauga

It began when a friend looked at my new checkbook cover and asked, “I wonder how many ‘naugas’ have to give up their lives for those?” By that she meant, how many naugas’ hides had to be collected to satisfy the warped tastes of people who want their checkbook covers, car seat covers, and sofa covers made of them. (Some purists insist on spelling the word “naugahyde”).

February 19, 2013

Be Safe! No Near Misses!

Gun safety training is the backbone of the shooting sports, and no matter how much training we have had, it pays to relearn those vital lessons from time to time. Shooters who err in this virtually always violate one or more of the fundamental rules of gun safety: Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

January 28, 2013

Use Enough .375

Back when life was mellow, I read a book by Robert Ruark called “Use Enough Gun,” which pretty much describes it. Ruark also wrote “The Old Man and the Boy,” which should be required reading for every young person. It conveys a lot of wisdom about people, guns, hunting and dogs. Once, when the old man was warming a park bench and was asked why he wasn’t doing anything, he replied, “I’m storing up for the future.” That’s a nice all-purpose answer that fits many situations.

January 04, 2013

The Red Ryder Rides Again

Most outdoor presents to others, of course, are really gifts we would like someone to give us. And with children (who need us to supervise them), the presents are really for ourselves.

December 19, 2012