The short-barreled (18- to 18.5-inch) 12-gauge pump shottie, such as this Mossberg Model 500 Thunder Ranch Edition, is perhaps the most effective and reliable tool for defending the homestead. (Photo by Rohrbachphoto.com)
Dog Day Afternoon
A couple of outdoor writers sight in their S&W and TC rifles as Matt Porter, of Blue Heron Communications (left), mans the spotting scope.
There are plenty of birds in the Devils, but getting to them can be tough. The 5-pound Dea is the perfect gun for such a hunt. (Photo by Ben Gettinger)
Taurus Model 651 Protector
Shrouded cockable hammer; Titanium frame; available stainless steel