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K.J. Houtman

K.J. Houtman

Houtman writes books embracing the great outdoors for children and adults. Available as paperbacks and e-books at Amazon, they are: A Whirlwind Opener (#1), Driving Me Crazy (#2), Spare the Rod (#3), Duck, Duck Deuce (#4), Born to be Wild (#5) and A Second Chance (#6) as well as K.J.'s Reflections Under the Big Pine with Bill Miller, a non-fiction devotional for adults.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Fish On Kids Books series – Houtman has a wonderful talent. I'm engaged in the life of Gus and when one book ends, I want to find out what he is up to in the next.” Sharon Rushton, Outdoor Writer and author of No Paved Road to Freedom

“From cover to cover the best series of chapter books I've seen in years. These books are wholesome with a focus on adventure. Wish I had them when I was a kid. I'm still a kid at heart and prolific reader. These are my kind of books.” Larry Rea, host, Outdoors with Larry Rea, Memphis, TN

“I’ve read them all and think these books are great.” Jim Zumbo, professional hunter and outdoor writer

Areas of Expertise: Storyteller of outdoor experiences (AGLOW, SEOPA, POMA)

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Disguised Firearm

If it looks like a duck…but wait. Let’s look at firearms that don’t look like guns at all. They’re on display at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. Maybe there are additional disguised firearms out-and-about among us, but we’re just not seeing them…(cue…

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The M1903 Springfield rifle that George Farr used to score 71 bulls-eyes in 1926.

Photos: George Farr’s 71-bullseye M1903 Springfield Rifle

In high-level shooting competitions, skilled marksmen often fine-tune their rifles and ammunition for incredible accuracy. But back in 1921, a 63-year-old man attended the Camp Perry National Championships and put on a nearly unheard-of performance. He used a standard-issue M1903 Springfield rifle and stunned spectators…

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Both the NRA National Firearms Museum and the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum have several firearms that formerly belonged to Theodore Roosevelt in their collections, like this .450 double rifle.

Photos: 3 of Theodore Roosevelt’s Personal Firearms

When a Roosevelt family member made an appointment to bring in a handgun for the NRA Museum a few decades ago, the museum director gladly accepted. The new donation arrived with provenance indicating that the little FN M1900 chambered in .32 ACP was the very semiautomatic pistol…

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