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The Backyard Sportsman: New Radio Show Features Hunting, Hunting Tools, Home Cooking and Home Businesses.

  A new one-hour, Internet radio show,  “The Backyard Sportsman,” will broadcast its first show on August 13, 2010.  Hosted by prize-winning author Wm. Hovey Smith, the show will contain segments on Hunting, Hunting Tools, Home Cooking and Home Business opportunities. The objective of the show is to illustrate how the entire family can live a healthier  life closer to nature by taking advantage of abundant species of  game, fish  and other natural resources to provide a better life at less costs.  

  The show will contain materials derived from the author’s books, Practical Bowfishing, Crossbow Hunting, Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting deer to dinner for pennies per pound and his newest title, X-Treme Muzzleloading: Fur, fowl and dangerous game with muzzleloading rifles, smoothbores and pistols. In addition, the host will draw on a lifetime  of experiences living, working and hunting all over North America.

  The initial show on August 13, will feature bowfishing; the show on August 20 will be devoted to squirrel hunting and subsequent shows will discuss hunting for deer and other game. The business segment of the show will outline how to start a successful home-based business. This topic will consider not only home crafts, but also a much broader range of outdoor opportunities.  

  A 2-minute video about the program is available on YouTube at: or it may be seen below:

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Bullets for Brunswick Rifles: A source for molds.

This mold from Jeff Tanner in England can provide custom-sized belted balls to make Brunswick rifles shoot more accurately than with round balls.

  One thing agreed upon by all who have ever used the .75-caliber Brunswick rifles is that they all shot terribly with patched-round balls. With my own Nepalese rifle, I had trouble getting hits on a man-size target at 40 yards. Any half-way good smoothbore gun would have given a better result and been faster to load.

  However, the best guns from private makers in England (most British production was from them), Belgium (they sold to anyone including Russia) and Nepal (they apparently produced their own, perhaps using British lock parts) will shoot with reasonable accuracy using properly fitted patched-belted balls.

  Jeff Tanner, in England, makes custom round-ball molds. If  the rifle’s owner will send him a lead slug cast from his barrel,  Tanner will make a mold to fit the individual’s gun for a little over $50.   Tanner can be contacted at  for prices and information. 

  Properly fitted belted balls are important as there is considerable variation in the style and shape of the rifling used by as many as a dozen different English and other makers. One size of ball would not fit all guns, which gave no end of trouble with the guns when they were in British service.

  Russian and Confederate (U.S.) ordinance officers designed different projectiles for these rifles decades after the rifles were first introduced.  The Confederates used a special hollow-based .75-caliber Minie-style bullet, while the Russians employed an elongated projectile (Picket-type as called in the U.S.) with “wings or studs” to fit the barrel’s two grooves.

  Most of the 850 rifles purchased by the Confederacy were sent to the Trans-Mississippi Region – far from the Richmond Arsenal. Once their supply of special bullets ran out, these guns would have been practically worthless. Even if  bored smooth, these oversized barrels would not have shot  .75-caliber  round balls as well as the flintlock Brown Bess muskets used against them during their war of independence from Mexico.    

  The video  below illustrates this problem and discusses the Tanner mold. A longer video on YouTube describes casting the bullets. It is located at:

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Joel Davis’ Extendable Survival Knife

Joel Davis shows his new extendable survival knife to the author. The blade deploys in two sections greatly increasing the length of the knife.

   At the 2010 Atlanta Blade Show, Joel Davis, who is noted for producing remarkably complex patterns in Damascus steel, introduced an innovative double-locked-back knife with a folded length of 7 1/4-inches and a deployed length of about 18-inches.

  To date, two knives of this pattern have been made.  The prototype was all steel, but the second model employed titanium as part of the frame, blade and liner mechanisms to reduce the knife’s carry weight. Although it cannot be seen in the photo or  video, all of the steel, including the blade and screws,  are patterned Damascus steel.  The central part of the blade is a coarsely serrated saw blade made of aircraft-grade titanium.  

  Production models will have a half-inch shorter handle and be frame locked, both of which will reduce the weight and bulk of the knife. The knife, which will sell for about $2,500, includes a carrying sheath, sling and custom fitted foam-lined carry box.

  For more information on Davis’ knives and steels go to For information on prices and product delivery, inquire directly to

  A copy of the video (below) has also been posted on YouTube at: which may run better on your computer than the version appearing below. If you are having any trouble viewing this one, a click on the above address will quickly take you to the smooth-running YouTube version.

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Free Advertising from Customer-Generated Guerrilla Ads

Wm. Hovey Smith is a writer whose products include 14 books, thousands of news. magazine, and E-media articles as well as PR and advertising copy.

  One way to get free advertising  is to have customers make “Guerrilla Video  Ads” to participate in a contest where prizes, and exposure, would result when the ads are run on TV and the Web.

  The sponsoring company could announce the contest, establish the rules, ad lengths and deadlines; and then let their customers create the ads. When the ads are received the best ads could be selected and aired. 

  Some of these videos will be “leaked” to Web sources and make their way through the Internet. This uncontrolled exposure of a brand name in a “Guerrilla Ad” would be unacceptable to some companies, but even a terrible ad would draw attention to the brand, its products and perhaps even result in news coverage.

 Except for being in video format  this is little different from “jingle contests,” “naming contest” and “bake offs” that have been a part of advertising since the early 1900s. The proliferation of “funniest moments” coverage on reality TV is an ample demonstration that the public has the technology to produce such ads. In fact, these “Guerrilla Ads” could become a new type of reality program.

  The general concept for the ads would be that they be short, not libelous, mention only the sponsor’s product, not show any illegal acts and be family friendly in content. Almost everyone has seen a TV ad and thought, “I could do better than that.” These guerrilla ads would allow the public to try their hands at producing advertising to support products that they like.  

  Below  is “The plain truth about Buck Knives” which is a  “Guerrilla Ad” that I recently shot on the plains of  South Dakota.  While I was shooting the ad a truck drove by on the gravel road.  I left this and my “bloopers” in the ad.