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  • Trapper 'Set-guns': The Taylor Fur Getter and Sure Shot

    07/23/2012 10:36:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Christopher Eger
    In 1914, a specially designed pair of set-guns was sold in the United States. Their ingenious design was deadly simple and efficient, however it soon fell out of use, and their production was finally discontinued when it was effectively banned along with most commercial trapping in the 1930s. Known as the Taylor Fur Getter and the Taylor Sure Shot, these exotic little contraptions are now a hot item with collectors. Hunters have long used “set-guns,” or “trap-guns” which are firearms left primed and ready and triggered by a trip wire of some sort, to take game. These date back to...
  • The explorer who made Lewis and Clark look like tourists.

    04/15/2012 7:48:33 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 64 replies ^ | Old Article | TIMOTHY HARPER
    D avid Thompson was a monumental figure in North American history. A fur trader, an explorer and perhaps the greatest land geographer ever, he led expeditions through incredible hardship and danger to safety. His 77 journals made important contributions to our understanding of culture, history and everyday life in North America before Europeans brought horses, guns, alcohol and disease. And he and his American Indian wife lived one of the great love stories of all time. So why havenÂ’t you heard of 19th-century frontiersman David Thompson? No doubt one reason is that he spent most of his long life in...