A Peek at Gun Advice for 2014 with Colonel Smoothbore
By OutdoorAly

Posted: December 29, 2013

This time between Christmas and New Year’s Day has always been a special period for me. The calm after all the excitement and buildup to Santa’s arrival is greatly appreciated. While I spend a little time thinking about the past year, most of my thoughts are with the coming year. I’d like to share a little of both with you.


This past year, 2013, we looked at a lot of different guns. I really enjoyed giving my impressions of some new and some hard to find firearms. I hope to write many more posts like those in 2014. We studied shotguns a lot and spent a little time looking at handguns. I’ll continue a review of pistols in the coming year, but the posts will be in a greater mix of other firearm subjects.


I want to give more time to the reloading hobby in the coming year. Reloading, both metallic and shotshell, is really fun and relaxing. It also greatly reduces ammunition costs, affording one the opportunity to shoot more often. I have a NRA Basic Metallic Reloading Class scheduled at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula starting on February 4, 2014. The class is taught over 3 sessions of 3 hours each. These are evening classes so access is available to many more people. If you live in Western Montana and want to enroll, just go the www.lifelonglearningcenter.com and enter the class code: S-MISC01.1. The cost of the class is $ 65.00.


I am in the process of scheduling firearms classes for next year. Many of the classes will be for ladies only; I have found that the female students really thrive in that environment. I am considering adding a basic rifle class for women. I would really appreciate some input from you sportswomen as to whether this would be a viable option for you. Just contact me at guncoach@gmail.com or go to: www.guncoach.net.


I plan to offer more of my thoughts on a greater array of firearm related subjects in 2014. Cleaning, storage, transport, and ammunition topics are just a few of the items that come to mind. Just think of the upcoming posts as a potpourri of gun fun.

Happy New Year to all!

Be safe and good shooting.

Colonel Smoothbore


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