South Texas Safari

Pound for pound, I don’t think there is a tougher animal in North America than the nilgai. Well, at least when it comes to fighting off bullets. Give them a few days of cold, wet weather and they fold up like a cheap lawn chair. But hit them solid with a high power rifle and they laugh! At least it seems that way. They can soak up bullets like ballistic gelatin. Exit wounds are hard to come by and they … Continue reading

The Cartridge That Changed the World: .30-06

The .30-06 Springfield is 107 years old this year and by rights should be antiquated, outdated and a back-shelf history lesson. Instead it remains the number one best selling big game cartridge listed in the catalog of every major ammo maker. The .30-06 Springfield was so far ahead of its time that it may still have not peaked. Spawned as a military cartridge, the .30-06 Springfield served well through two world wars and its military record is distinguished and above … Continue reading

Don’t Ignore the Wheel Gun

By: Bryce M. Towsley In today’s world of high capacity, polymer-frame, semi-auto pistols we often forget about the original repeating handgun. While the roots of the revolver go back to the revolving arquebus, produced by Hans Stopler of Nuremberg in 1597, it was 1836 before Sam Colt figured out how to make it work best. Once Colt started making revolvers, the world of defensive handguns changed forever. It wasn’t so long ago that almost everybody, law enforcement and civilians alike, … Continue reading

How I Spent My Winter Vacation

Own the Night I recently spent a couple of frosty nights hunting hogs in total darkness. But, I ruled the night because I was using some very advanced thermal vision equipment from EOTech. This is some cool stuff, not available to the public yet, if ever. (It’s nice to have friends in high places.) I could easily see to the end of the field I was watching, 300 yards or so, without a problem and I am sure it would … Continue reading

Obama’s End Game? America’s Downfall

Here is another excerpt from The 14th Reinstated.  It’s looking more and more like the book is a window to the future and America’s downfall. At the rate our debt is piling up, all this could happen in only a few years. After Congress passed the “America First” trade bill, foreign trade ground to a halt. In fact, that one act alone had a lot to do with what China did to our country. We owed them trillions of dollars … Continue reading

Following the Wrong Gun Advice Can Make You Dead

If you are fighting for your life, bring a big gun. That is the best gun advice I can give. Lately a lot of so called “experts” have been worshiping at the altar of the 9mm handgun as a self-defense cartridge.  With no argument containing logic, ballistics or physics on their side, most feel they need to tear down the other, bigger cartridges to make their case.  I suppose that approach has some merit in today’s America, after all Obama’s … Continue reading

Can You Survive?

The fog arrived about an hour before dark and very quickly deepened in intensity until visibility was measured in feet. Until then it was simply another nasty November day in New England with rain that turned first to sleet and then snow as the temperature headed south. I was ostensibly looking for turkeys, but with all the upland and small game seasons open I kept my options loose. When a snowshoe hare busted out from under a spruce tree a … Continue reading

Government and Guns

This is an excerpt from the book, “The 14th Reinstated.” Is any of it starting to look familiar? All my guns were double edged swords, because having those guns protected me and my family, but they also made me a target. It was never a secret that I had the guns. “Back before” I sold hunting books and booked hunting trips from my home office, so my address was published many times on paper and on the Web. It was … Continue reading

Remington’s Newest Rifle, the Model 783 Bolt Action Rifle

Remington’s flagship bolt-action rifle is the Model 700, while their price-point gun is the Model 770. In between is a huge void. Well, there was, anyway. Last fall I attended the Remington writer’s seminar in South Carolina, where they showed me a new rifle designed to fill the gap; the Model 783. It’s an “economy” priced rifle, but with more features than the 770. The trouble is that we were not allowed to write about it until now. The embargo … Continue reading

The 14th Reinstated — Fiction or Prophecy?

When I started writing The 14th Reinstated in the fall of 2011, I believed it was fiction. It was, of course, one possible scenario for where the United States and the world were headed, but it was a worst possible scenario. A great story, but not such a great world. I meant the story to be entertaining and a bit scary. I also wanted a cautionary tale about the horrors that are possible if we let our guard down. It … Continue reading

An Honest Look at the .380 Polymer Carry Guns

The saying that “a carry gun should not be comfortable, it should be comforting,” is, like most platitudes, corny, catchy and flawed. The problem with carry guns is that you have to carry them. If we could pick the time and place we would need them, that wouldn’t be much of an issue. But we can’t. I remember field testing a new holster with a full size 1911 pistol a few years ago. My wife and I were at the … Continue reading

The New Face of Waterfowl Shotshells

I am no doubt dating myself, but I had a lot of years of waterfowl hunting before lead shot was banned. To say I think steel is an abomination is an understatement. I honestly believe that a lot more ducks die of wounding loss than ever would have died from lead poisoning. But, the sad fact is, we are stuck with the stuff. The early steel shot ammo was so bad I stopped waterfowl hunting for several years. After two … Continue reading

Handguns for a Home Invasion

It was a long and rough day and when your head hit the pillow you were out instantly. Hours later, you are startled out of a deep sleep to the sound of your front door being kicked in. Disoriented and confused, you listen as your dog barks hysterically and then whimpers in pain. The silence that follows is terrifying. You grab the phone and call 911, but know the response time will be far too long. Like they say, when … Continue reading

Size Matters — Use Enough Gun

Like everybody else writing a blog, I have some strong opinions. We all know that opinions are like assholes, everybody has one and they all stink except mine. But, for what it’s worth, the opinions expressed here have been formulated from nearly half a century of big game hunting, guiding and gun testing. Not just as a casual hunter, but as a guy that has made his living with guns and hunting for thirty years now. A guy who has … Continue reading

The Best Long Gun for Survival

If social collapse occurs it will be up to you to take responsibility for your survival and the safety of your family. You cannot depend on society, the police, the rule of law or the government to help you. You are on your own. If you have prepared your home and put away food and other supplies there will be desperate people trying to take it all away from you. As the cities empty the number of hungry people increases, … Continue reading

Coues Deer Adventure: The Most Boring Deer Hunting on Earth

Bryce Towsley Glassing for Coues Deer

“You writers are all the same when it comes to hunting Coues deer,” the editor told my friend. “First you glass for hours and hours, and then you shoot a ‘gray ghost’ so far across the canyon you need the Hubble telescope just to see him.” The guy finished his tirade by saying, “Coues deer hunting must be the most boring sport on earth.” Maybe, but that wasn’t exactly my experience. Little Kids and Big Machine Guns We were met … Continue reading

The “Ultimate” Long Range Deer Cartridge

Bryce Towsley used a 7mm RUM rifle with a Weaver 4.5-14 scope to shoot this Coues deer at 368 years in the Sierra San Antonio Mountains

In between the bouts of terror and pain I experience while Coues deer hunting, I actually found some time to hunt. I spent it glassing for hours and hours. Then I used my accurate rifle to shoot across a wide canyon and kill the little deer they call the ‘gray ghost.’ Far from boring, it was one of most exciting and challenging hunts I have ever experienced. Even without all the crashing and burning. This may well be the most … Continue reading

A Day Like This One

Bryce Towsley took this cape buffalo with a .416 UMT wildcat cartridge he designed for dangerous game hunting.

The African night was receding as we approached the waterhole, but it was still too dark to see tracks. My mood was as dark as the night had been and was failing to rise with the dawn. We were running out of time on this hunt and I was worried about buffalo. Emotional highs and lows are necessary if the hunt is to be memorable and this one was hitting the bottom. But it was just as much physical as … Continue reading