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Hook & Barrel
A Lifestyle Magazine for Modern Outdoorsmen

December 2022

Bergara HMR Carbon Wilderness Rifle

Bergara HMR Carbon Wilderness Rifle

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”  – Winston ChurchillTrue to Churchill’s words, Bergara USA’s success comes from a combination of heritage-driven master-craftsmanship and embracing change. Honestly, in an industry ripe with countless nothing-new product offerings, Bergara has never been a company to rest on its laurels. For 2023, there’s another rock-solid offering from Bergara, the Bergara HMR Carbon Wilderness Rifle.

a baja adventure

A Baja Adventure

Peace Vans is hitting the road this winter for a Baja Adventure, bringing their vintage VW Vanagons to sunny Mexico for an exclusive pop-up vacation experience. For the first time, adventurers will have the opportunity to experience a Peace Vans curated camping trip in Baja, exploring new culture, exciting excursions, and scrumptious local cuisine while road-tripping and camping in expertly renovated 1980s vintage campers.

Bear Viewing in Homer

Bear Viewing in Homer, Alaska

Brian Saunders, who owns the Anchor River Fly Shop, sat tying flies for the upcoming trout season across Cook Inlet. Saunders specializes in fly-in fishing and other curated adventures. There were no customers in his shop on the bank of the Anchor River. Dollie, his cattle-dog, dozed on the porch. Salmon season was closed due to poor returns.

F-1 Firearms UDP-9

F-1 Firearms UDP-9

With its shorter barrel length, light weight, and AR-platform functionality, the Pistol Caliber Carbine (PCC) is a versatile mid-range firearm for personal defense and competitive shooting. Increasing interest in the PCC platform brings new and innovative companies pushing the limits of capability, craftsmanship, and performance. It is within this boutique realm that we find F-1 Firearms and their UDP-9 carbine.

Ruger SFAR Rifle

Ruger SFAR Rifle

For years hunters and shooters have begged for a small frame .308/7.62×51 AR rifle, and Ruger has delivered, reducing the overall size and weight of their new .308 AR rifle, the SFAR, or Small Frame Autoloading Rifle.              

Sig P365 XMACRO

The SIG P365-XMACRO

When I think of those firearm platforms that have earned the label of “workhorse,” 1911 pistols and Remington 700 bolt actions come to mind. These firearms are inherently functional thanks to superior designs, have lasted for decades, and have spawned many variations that almost always work as well as the original.     

Springfield Armory Prodigy 9mm Pistol

Springfield Armory Prodigy 9MM Pistol

Springfield Armory is a household name in pistols, and the launch of the new double-stack Prodigy generated immediate buzz. For myself, the interest lies in having handled and fired several iterations of double stack 1911s and wanting to compare the shooting experiences.

Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern

The famous TV chef serves up his passion for the outdoors. Andrew Zimmern Goes Wild. Fans of Andrew Zimmern have tagged along for years as he’s chased his endless fascination with flavorful foods from one end of the world to the other. These days they can see what the famous foodie loves about the incredible wild flavors closer to home. Perhaps more importantly, they can learn how to cook them like he does.

Belgian Beer

A quest for the Holy Grail of Trappist ales. A Belgian beer pilgrimage. Tucked in the shadow of the St.Sixtus Abbey amid the pastoral Belgian countryside, the In de Vrede is the only place in the world you can sip from a chalice of Westvleteren 12.

Drake White

Drake White

Drake White -the optimist- proves that second chances are sometimes the best kind. When he was 12 years old, Drake White was faced with a choice: Hit the Coosa River with his grandfather for the crappie bite or join his buddies for a birthday party and video games.

Conserving Burbot in Idaho

Conserving Burbot in Idaho

How the Kootenai Tribe and partners brought back a nearly lost species. Only 67 members of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho remained in 1974. With no land and most members living in desperate conditions, they tried to secure their survival with a Hail Mary: by declaring war on the United States.

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