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A news magazine worth reading


Ayoob on firearms:
The M1A — a rifle that makes a statement
Here are some answers to often asked questions of anti-gunners

Think of it this way:
Prohibition: then, now and always

Greens and rhubarb are spring tonics
Do you have a good recipe for stir-fried rattlesnake?
Barbecue — it’s America’s national cuisine

Book Reviews:
Any Shot You Want: The A-Square Handloading & Rifle Manual
The Complete Credit Book
Unintended Consequences

Original Poems:
Ryan Thornsberry
Cheryl Denise
Sheryl Nelms
Melissa Sullivan




  • If you build your own (legal) house, you’ll have to deal with the permit process
  • Get low-cost, high quality lumber by investing in an inexpensive planer
  • Lay vinyl flooring the foolproof way
  • Build an inexpensive but durable jackleg fence
  • These double-steep half stairs save space


Farm / Garden

  • Try alfalfa for bigger plants
  • Grow sweet Tetsukabuto squash


Country living

  • I found that special somebody, and you can too — with safety
  • Mom’s wash was rainwaterclean
  • There’s still a lot of life left in old trees