Second shots

Second shots

More than 100 Years Ago


At the Annual Tournament of 1889, held at Cannes, France, the grand prize, consisting of 2()00 Francs and a valuable cup, was won with the Parker Hammerless. The first Parker Hammerless Gun made won the Championship of America at Decatur, III. [September 1889]

75 Years Ago

A New Winchester

The Model 53 is chambered for either the .25-20, the .32-20 or the .44-40 cartridges, as preferred. The solid frame pattern carries seven cartridges; the takedown, eight. It is made only with half magazine and shotgun butt and weighs 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 lbs, according to caliber. It balances right and handles nicely.

The object has been to produce an up-to-date lightweight repeater suitable for game from squirrel to deer, and using inexpensive ammunition. The barrel is of nickel steel, 22″ long, and it is tapered from breech to muzzle. The front sight is not set in a slot in the barrel itself, but in a stud milled from the barrel blank. It is a Lyman “gold” bead and does not stand high enough to bother. The rear sight is of the flat-top, open sporting pattern, with elevator for quick adjustment. The fore-end is tapered toward the end of the magazine. The buttplate is steel, heavily scored to prevent slipping.

This model will handle all varieties of cartridges of above-mentioned sizes, either high or low velocities. [September 1924]

50 Years Ago


Barrel length -7 1/16 .

Length Overall–9 5/8

Magazine Capacity11 rounds


Overall length-5% with same magazine capacity

[September 1949]

25 Years Ago

Making Shotgun Snap Caps

Snap caps for shotguns can be made from fired shells. Decap shell, cut off the metal head, and trim base wad flat. Use a twist drill to extend primer hole through base wad. Coat an unused pencil eraser with household cement, and press into primer pocket from the inside until it is flush with shell head. Drill a 1/8″ hole through a 3/8″ filler wad and .135″ card wad. Press filler wad into shell head with about 40 lbs. pressure, and push in card wad coated with cement. A wrench socket of appropriate size carefully held over open case end and tapped smartly will crimp wads in place. A small copper nail pushed through eraser serves as contact surface for firing pin.-W.P. Sansom

[September 1974]

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