Biggest story in this issue is, without a doubt, our lead article, starting on page 14. For surely a story is "big" if its subject is big; and Jim Arness, "Marshal Matt Dillon," of "Gunsmoke," has been called "the biggest thing in Levis." But beyond the jokes, is Walt Wiggins warmly human story of hardworking actors "taking five" together— and what makes it a story for Guns, is thai they chose a hunting trip. The account gives a new aspect to much-publicized, little known Jim Arness whose "Gunsmoke" program is tops on TV.
Score a double for Kvale again this issue, with "Bullets By The Billions" and "Picture-Punching Practice For G.l. Hunters." Kvale, who is chief tesl engineer at the Norma ammunition factory in Sweden, must be excused for writing at such length on Norma, tooting his own horn, so to speak. But we think his account of this relatively new ammo firm will be of interest.
The "G.I. Hunters" story should inspire some homeland Rod & Gun Clubs to rig up some more complex but more fun-provoking target ranges. Use of custom-printed animal targets, including running boar and stags, all in natural colors, adds interest and difficulty plus off-season competition which may stimulate more members to take an active part in their club's programs.
Though we pioneered the contests and challenges in the quick draw field, we do not present Bill Toney's story about fellow border patrolman Bill Jordan with any fanfare or challenge. Jordan has survived many gun fights, but the emphasis of this story is on a visit with one of the country's most unusual citizens. Jordan has received much ballyhoo recently as advisor to CBS' new series "The Border Patrolman," but this story by Toney is by one of his friends and long-time associates. And Jordan himself will make his debut in print in Guns soon, with (naturally) a searching article on quick dra w, by a man who has studied it "for real."
Pistol fans having dusted off their center-fires and .45s will now be at the stage of wondering just what they can do to edge up from mediocre to excellent. No matter what your rating, you can improve. This is the message of top-flight pistolman Connover in "How To Be A Pistol Champion."
New notes on the Dardick Gun, the radical open-chamber firearm which has been spoken of in the trade for some few years, appear on page 39. Though the evaluation of the Dardick gun is not lengthy, it is current, with Dardick putting guns into the market this month. So far Guns editors have only watched firing tests in the Dardick factory: a shooting report will appear in Guns in an early issue, plus more details of the interesting legal implications of the Treasury's OK on the Dardick pistol-rifle combination gun.
Tech Editor Bill Edwards takes on the role of roving reporter for a few weeks in Europe and possibly behind the Iron Curtain, and we'll be bringing you up-to-the-minute articles on what's happening abroad.
THE COVER Not all the shooting in Hollywood is of the "go fer yer gun" variety. Jim Arness of "Gunsmoke" is also a good, workmanlike big game hunter and a gun-enthusiast of (pardon the pun) no mean stature. Gun-fun enthusiasts also are the other members of the "Gunsmoke" cast.
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