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Dixie Gun Works blackpowder annual: 1985 ed.

For the past several years, Dixie Gun Works, probably the world's largest black powder arms and accessories supplier, has published their own black powder annual magazine. Currently, the 1985 edition, simply entitled, Dixie Gun Works Blackpowder Annual, is available, and as with past issues, this one is full of stories tailored specifically for black powder enthusiasts. This year's endeavor is a special hunting edition, where several of the features are devoted to muzzle-loading hunting stories, tips on hunting, "how-to" articles and hunter's nostalgia.

Among the stories geared especially toward the hunter is "Hunting High Plains Antelope," by well-known black powder scribe, Toby Bridges. In it, Toby shares his expertise and experiences on an exciting Wyoming pronghorn hunt. As with Toby's other works, this article is loaded with valuable hunting information and lots of good storytellin'. Western muzzle-loader Rex Thomas gives us plenty of worthwhile tips on bagging those big Utah bucks in his feature, "Blackpowder Mule Deer," and scattergunners will surely enjoy Rick Hacker's recount of "Nebraska's Mixed Bag Hunt." For the nostalgia-oriented, my own story, "Recollections of a Buffalo Runner," recalls the time that I and my compadres recreated an old-time horseback buffalo hunt for Guns & Ammo's Guide to Blackpowder, published in 1974 and now long out of print.

This newest annual from Dixie also contains stories on buckskinning, profiles on black powder craftsmen, skirmish articles, history, fiction and more. One article that I found appealing was Wayne R. Austerman's factual account of professional scalp hunters in the American Southwest. Entitled "Ley Quinto," which means "the Fifth Law," this story is full of real-life adventure and startling historical events.

All in all, I think you'll find Dixie's latest effort an enjoyable magazine. Its editor, Sharon Cunningham, has taken great pains to see that the 1985 edition is the bet yet. With 98 pages of muzzle-loading stories, ads and information, you'll be missing out if you don't get a copy. It's reasonably priced at $2.50 per copy (postpaid) and can be ordered from Dixie Gun Works, Dept. GA, Union City, TN 38261.
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Author:Spangenberger, Phil
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 1985
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