Idle Firearms are a SHTF Liability

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


Any mechanical device that goes unused will eventually fall into non-readiness. The same goes for the user. Guns that are bought with the intent of becoming the defensive front line of self-protection during a SHTF event should be used regularly and well maintained.

So many times working gun shows, I work with people looking to buy prepper guns for self-defense, concealed carry, or other uses. When they finally select a gun to purchase, they rarely buy ammunition on the spot. Do they not intend to fire the gun, or even learn to shoot it and practice with it regularly? In many cases that never happens.

Having such a gun in the house if you do not ever intend to use it, is a total waste...

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The A. H. Fox Sterlingworth

John J. Woods
Magnolia Outdoor Communications


It should be without reckless abandon to venture into the world of collecting double barreled shotguns. It is wrought with many a lowland swamps designed to sink you to the waist and suck out all of your hard earned deposits. If you get the itch, be careful how hard your scratch.

Of all the stories, tales, renditions, tomes, and sad laments by a multitude of outdoor writers, double gun hunters, and collectors, it seems more tears have wetted the cheeks of well-meaning gentlemen over the buying, selling, trading, and using of twin barrel shotguns than any other gun, save maybe old Winchester levers and Colt Single Action Army’s. It is a realm not to be entered into by the faint of heart or the shallow of pocketbook.

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25 Best Campgrounds Within Two Hours Of San Francisco

Though there’s much to experience in America’s favorite city by the bay, it’s equally wonderful to get out of the urban area and explore the natural wonders Northern California has to offer. From the Central Coast to the vineyards of Napa, and the gold miners of Sacramento County, adventure awaits. What are you waiting for?

Central Coast

Big Basin Redwoods State Park: Boulder Creek, CA

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

As California’s oldest state park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park was established in 1902 in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Guests from all over the world flock to view the vast forest of ancient redwood trees just south of San Francisco. Other vegetation includes conifer and oak trees mixed with chaparral and riparian habitats...

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50 Campfires Best Gear Awards From The National Hardware Show 2019

We saw a lot of gear at the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. Here’s the gear we thought deserved awards.

Each year we travel to the National Hardware Show as an official media partner to award six awards for the most innovative gear we can find. Why a hardware show? Because the fact of the matter is that a lot of people (us included), end up hitting big box home and garden stores for camping gear. Not everyone has an REI down the street, and a lot of the things we use camping can be found at the hardware store. We checked out a lot of cool gear at the show, but these six stood out to us.


We often get questions about charging laptops at the campsite. People are looking for a portable solution, and the Goal Zero 100AC gets it done...
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Colorado Congressman Pushes Gun Control Agenda on Students


Rather Than Eat Crow, Congressman Files Bill To Block ‘Colorado Loophole’

After spurring a walk-out by students angered that gun-control zealots had hijacked a vigil to honor a fallen classmate and those injured in a school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch near Denver, Colorado first-year Democratic Congressman Jason Crow offered no apologies.

In fact, to add legislative activism to tone-deaf insult, the very next day Crow introduced a federal bill to close what he called an “obvious loophole” that allowed a woman to buy a shotgun in Colorado days before the 20th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

Crow introduced H.R. 2634 on May 9th...

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Real or Fake: The Truth About 10 Hollywood Survival Scenes

I love a good action movie. My favorites usually involve beleaguered heroes surviving against very long odds in the wild. Even though the lines between reality and silver-screen magic are blurry in Hollywood, they have a bad habit of mixing plausible survival situations with impossible nonsense.

As hunters, anglers, and survival movie fans, can we spot the fake stuff when it flashes before our eyes? Also, is there any actual knowledge or useful ideas to learn when we sit down to watch a movie? Well, we’re about to find out. Pop yourself some popcorn, dim the lights, and join me as I prowl through some well-known movie scenes to determine if they have any “survival” merit that we could actually use in an emergency.

10. The Creative Castaway

Can you really rub a stick against ano...

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National Safe Boating Week 2019: How To Do Your Part

Every year in May, the National Safe Boating Council launches a week-long initiative to raise awareness about the importance of life jacket safety. This year’s global effort, called National Safe Boating Week 2019, is focused on responsible boating and encourages boaters to always wear a life jacket while on the water. You can help spread awareness about National Safe Boating Week 2019 and boating safety by attending events and getting involved on social media.


  • May 17, 2019 is Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day. Take a photo of you wearing your life jacket at work and share on social media with the hashtags #lifejacket2work and #safeboating.
  • May 18-24, 2019 is National Safe Boating Week 2019.
  • Various dates: Ready, Set, Wear It...
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10 Hottest New Baits from the Bassmaster Classic

Every July, all eyes fall on ICAST for a look at next year’s new tackle. While it’s certainly the biggest, collective launch of new product in the industry, it’s not the only one. It’s not even the first.

The Outdoor Expo at the Bassmaster Classic, held in March on the Tennessee River, was the first opportunity for manufacturers to show off new gear. While the bulk of 2020 line-ups won’t be unveiled until ICAST, the Bassmaster Classic featured brand-new products well before the entire industry descends on Orlando this summer. Showcased bass lures, rods, reels and the like are immediately available for purchase, and Elite Anglers in the tourney heavily fish other “New for ‘19” product that has just hit the shelves.

There was no shortage of new lures released at the 2019 Ba...

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Three Differences with Split grip rods

As with many aspects of fishing gear, personal preference plays a large role. For example, when comparing split grip rods to the standard full grip rod type, there are reasons which can influence angler selection. Here are some factors which may help you decide if split grip fishing rods are right for you.

1. Weight Reduction

Split grip rods are missing part of the grip and have more of the “blank” (interior rod component) exposed.   A full grip may weigh several ounces more, but it adds up over time and hundreds of casts.  Rod builder, Mike Woodward of Woody’s Custom Rods, prefers split grip fishing rods for almost all his rods because “it is lighter and easier to cast and work for a long day.

2. Sensitivity

The jury is still out here...

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NEWS | New Hot Tub Glamping at Whitemead Forest Park Opens

Whitemead Forest Park in heart of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, has unveiled brand new private hot tubs – just in time for the summer holiday season.

New Hot Tub Glamping at Whitemead Forest Park Opens

Due to popular demand for luxurious accommodation, seven new hot tubs have been installed as part of a long-term development plan for the family holiday park which saw the expansion of its glamping offering last year to a total of 29 glamping pods.

Now the resort’s bungalow and seven two-bedroom log cabins, which sleep four to six people, feature a private hot tub in the deck, perfect for a refreshing morning dip or relaxing evening soak.

New Hot Tub Glamping at Whitemead Forest Park Opens

Mandy Watkins, General Manager at Whitemead Forest Park said:

“We’re so pleased to have added these new hot tubs to our self-catering accommodation offering...

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