Category Archives: Guns & Hunting

Enjoy exciting hunting stories told by SCI members and read about the latest guns and gear they’re using in the bush.

The 21st Century Cave Painter


Laurel Barbieri Art
Namibia’s Bounty

At the foot of a cliff face in Namibia, Laurel Barbieri stood with San bushmen, admiring a “canvas” of imagery thousands of years old. Filling the smooth, shadow-dappled surface were ancient pictographs— hand-drawn portrayals of nomadic hunters stalking a range of charismatic megafauna. Some of them were painted with mineralized pigments mixed with eland blood.  Continue reading The 21st Century Cave Painter

The Sound of Silence


On the outside they look simple enough, but not so on the inside. It’s obvious there’s no one way to make a suppressor and none of them are simple!
On the outside they look simple enough, but not so on the inside. It’s obvious there’s no one way to make a suppressor and none of them are simple!

In browsing through gun catalogs as we all do, I’m sure you’ve noticed that more and more gun manufacturers are offering models that are “suppressor-ready” (threaded and capped muzzles), so perhaps a discussion of them here would be timely. Continue reading The Sound of Silence

Finally a Marco Polo


Keith Bates and his TC Encore chambered for .338WM, his daughter Cindy Paulikas, and his flag from the Chicago Adventurers Club.
Keith Bates and his TC Encore chambered for .338WM, his daughter Cindy Paulikas, and his flag from the Chicago Adventurers Club.

In 1972 the dream started with my autographed copy of “Trophy Hunter in Asia.” The author wrote “To Keith Bates, with best personal regards. Elgin T. Gates 2/2/72.” It’s last chapter, The Rams of Shangri-La put the Marco Polo (ovis poli) Continue reading Finally a Marco Polo

Safari Shopping – Part 1


Safari shopping
In many areas April and May are especially good times to hunt leopard…the rainy season is just ending, so there’s lot of water in the bush. Prey species are scattered, so it’s more difficult for the leopards to make natural kills.

Timing is everything! Here in North America we’re accustomed to the autumn and early winter months as our primary hunting season. Spring is turkey season and, in some areas, spring bear, but there isn’t much going on in the summer months. This isn’t true Continue reading Safari Shopping – Part 1