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Try Before You Buy: New Concept in Gun Shows
Finding the right firearms for hunting or personal defense would be easier if we could do more than just handle them at glass counters in retail stores, perhaps dry-firing them to test the trigger where allowed. Unfortunately, new guns don’t lend themselves to being test-driven like automobiles or refunded like Ginsu knives hawked on late-night TV. Lacking practical hands-on experience with the guns that interest us, we must rely on advice from friends, relatives, reviews in established shooting magazines like GunHunter or Internet sources we don’t know and aren’t sure we can trust. If a new type of consumer show catches on, though, we will soon have another option: test-firing rifles, shotguns and handguns on display by manufacturers at large shooting ranges. Last week, I participated in what may be the first show of this type, the Texas International Firearms Festival (TIFF) held in the small town of Liberty Hill just northwest of Austin. The Best of the West Shooting ra... More

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Larry Teague / GunHunter Editor

Larry Teague

Larry Teague has been an outdoors writer and magazine editor for 35 years. He landed his first writing job, penning hunting and fishing reports for the Houston Post newspaper, in 1977. From 1980-1985, he was editor of Gulf Tide magazine, published by the Gulf Coast Conservation Association. For 12 years, Teague was editor of Southern Outdoors magazine, published by B.A.S.S. Inc. He also edited Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World magazine and numerous firearms books before becoming the founding editor of Buckmasters GunHunter Magazine in 2003.

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