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John Zent's Top 10 Shotguns

Since junior high, NRA Publications Editorial Director John Zent has had a love-hate affair with shotguns. He loves ‘em when he hits; hates ‘em when he misses. Of course, he knows better than to blame the gun, but he has to live with himself and can always switch to a new shotgun—right? Or perhaps he can really be fickle and have 10 favorite wingshooting buddies. Check out John's Top 10 shotguns.

February 28, 2014

Federal's Big-Game Tactic

Federal Premium's new Trophy Copper was what got the job done for John Zent on his latest B.C. goat hunt. See what he had to say about the Federal ammunition line here.

February 26, 2014

Learning from Biathletes

Beyond marveling at their incredible toughness and athleticism, John Zent has been intrigued by gun-handling skills demonstrated by many of the Olympic biathletes in Sochi.

February 18, 2014

A Great American Institution: NRA Takes Ownership of the Harrisburg Show

NRA Publications Editorial Director John Zent recalls how his father took him to his first "sportsman show" and got him hooked on the annual event that is now owned and operated by NRA as the Great American Outdoor Show.

January 31, 2014

.26 Nosler

Nosler’s very first proprietary cartridge is bound to get the attention of long-range shooters.

January 14, 2014

.25-45 Sharps: Power Boost for MSRs

It’s a new cartridge with a storied, old-school name, but in fact the story is largely the same.

January 14, 2014

A Waterfowl Hunt with the Benelli Ethos

NRA Publications Editorial Director John Zent wanted to spend a little more time evaluating the Ethos' field performance—which led him to a waterfowl hunt in Chestertown, Md. Get a closer look at the hunt with this video.

January 08, 2014

Red-Carpet Blacktail

When the author agreed to speak at Friends of NRA-related events in Alaska, he had no idea how good the "pay" would be.

January 08, 2014

Winchester Ammo "R&D" Outing in North Texas

Editorial Director John Zent and Development Manager Tom Rickwalder were in Canadian, Texas, with Winchester Ammo last month for a "R&D" outing, testing a new load that's still in the development process. Early indications are that the developmental load—due for release in January, 2015—will be great shakes for deer hunters. Mt. Hide Outfitters did a fine job putting the hunters on deer on this north Texas ranch.

January 03, 2014

Review: Leica Geovid HD-B

The latest binocular from Leica reveals much about how the optics market is changing to keep pace with the current-day shooting culture. Read more of this full review from Editorial Director John Zent.

October 22, 2013

Hunting Partner Profile: Junior and Jay

Part of the fun of being in camp is getting acquainted with the other hunters. Editorial Director John Zent met a pair in British Columbia that left him with some food for thought.

October 18, 2013

Ed Weatherby on Weatherby

NRA Editorial Director John Zent recently sat down with the president of Weatherby, Ed Weatherby, to discuss guns, the company's history and the "Weatherby Mystique."

September 27, 2013

Energy Conservation That is Really Good for Wildlife

Editorial Director John Zent got to observe on-the-ground examples of what energy companies do to benefit wildlife conservation during a spring visit to southwestern Pennsylvania hosted by the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Energy for Wildlife program.

September 23, 2013

Montana Rifles

The Montana Firearms Group, run by Keith and Jeff Sipe, leverages the Mauser-type Model 1999 actions and custom barrels produced in what began as a local gunsmithing shop in Kalispell, Mont.

September 16, 2013

Essential Moose Hunting Gear

Here's the gear NRA Publications Editorial Director John Zent found essential on his B.C. moose hunt.

August 20, 2013