No excuses...just sliding into the end of the year. The last travel push was a killer, and I'm still reeling a bit. Still, there's so much good going on I'm really excited. THE BEST DEFENSE starts the first week of January, as does the new season of SHOOTING GALLERY. Big, big changes at DRTV that we'll be announcing at SHOT, and they're all good. I think we're on the verge of redefining coverage of the shooting sports.
Been having big fun with my new Gamo Whisper air rifle...what a cool mini-blaster...1200 fps with their trick .177 pellets! Head shots on coyotes, I'm thinking.
That reminds me...I wanted to touch on a comment from Gary Smith, the editor of HANDGUN HUNTER magazine and a friend of mine. Gary noted that it was impossible to get the gun companies' attention for anything other than "tactical." I hadn't thought of that, but he's right...if we had a comprehensive plan we could tap into new hunting markets. I met Gary when I was working on a plan for a handgunning hunting television show, which I thought would totally rock. I had the ad support, but I never could push it over the finish line (and yes, Gary, I'm going to get back to this is 2009!). I feel the way Gary does...that handgun hunting could do a lot to bridge the gap between hunters and shooters.
I'm also starting exploratory meetings on a hunting show based on using cowboy guns — no DAMN bison, though!!! I would love to drop some paradigm-breaking hunting shows into the market. My choice would be handgun hunting, a homage to the old field days with an M29 .44 Magnum.
I'm also working on logistics for an African hunting series...a "retro" walking safari in search of one very special cape buffalo. My plan is to use my much-loved single shot Ruger #1 in 450/400 3-inch Nitro Express. Then again, buffalos are big...maybe I can talk Ruger into a 3 1/2-inch Nitro...or a .600 Nitro...or, to be totally safe, my pal and occasional drinking buddy Craig Boddington with a .416 M77 or — let's be honest here — an RPG...
I'm also working on my uber-James Bond Walther PPK project, which I detail on my Christmas Eve podcast. My old and very good friend Mike LaRocca at LaRocca Gun Works will be handling the heavy lifting, working on a new S&W Walther PPK .380 two-tone. Check it out on Wednesday morning.