Guns & Barbour Coats at the 2009 Orvis Cup

Anyone that follows along with my (mostly) nonsensical twitter updates knows that I was lucky enough to head up the Taconic State Parkway to the Orvis Sandanona shooting grounds this past weekend to shoot some clays and learn how to fly fish. The day was hosted by the good folks at Barbour and couldn’t have been more fun. You can read all about it over at While you are there, check out their great hunting gear story.

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Riding on the back of a four-wheeler feeling like I am going to battle.

Comments on “Guns & Barbour Coats at the 2009 Orvis Cup

    Don Guss on September 23, 2009 7:59 PM:

    Hey, Michael
    Did you catch any trout?

    Looks like a nice time.
    Good for you, brother.

    Comfortably Smug on September 23, 2009 8:02 PM:

    So you spend your time flying in P 51 Mustangs and shooting guns…

    How did you apply for this gig???

    trip on September 23, 2009 8:30 PM:

    Pretty jealous of your little trip there, that’s awesome.

    I hope people aren’t seriously taking hunting advice from that article. “You don’t need camo for duck hunting”? Apparently someone has never been duck hunting…

    Michael Williams on September 23, 2009 8:32 PM:

    I hunt ducks at Whole Foods, so put me in the camo is optional camp.

    Niles on September 23, 2009 8:49 PM:

    skinny jeans and skeet shooting. hmm… not the most traditional combination. Are the kids in williamsburg gonna start toting a breach-break over the shoulder as the hot new trend? ;) Ha, just playing.

    r_moresin on September 23, 2009 11:11 PM:

    Quite a shooting style there. With that stance I’m surprised you didn’t fall backwards from the recoil!

    Michael Williams on September 23, 2009 11:15 PM:

    “I’m surprised you didn’t fall backwards from the recoil!” STFU

    dan on September 23, 2009 11:24 PM:

    Yesterday I purchased a Glock 23 while wearing Red Wing boots. Properly thrashed and broke in, of course. Today I snagged a box of .40 rounds donned in RLL denim. Did I mention that transaction was at Wal-Mart? The looks I received for carrying a baby blue sponge scrub in my left hand and bullets in my right while NOT wearing a wife-beater was classic!

    dan on September 23, 2009 11:25 PM:
    Caleb Gardner on September 24, 2009 1:42 PM:

    It’s funny how you grow up in the country doing fun stuff like this and fantasize about moving to the big city, and then you move to the big city and fantasize about going to the country so you can do this kind of stuff again. Or maybe that was just my experience.

    Translation: I’m jealous you got to do this and would like to shoot something soon.

    Jules on September 24, 2009 4:45 PM:

    What jean/boot combo is being worn in the last video? Looks really nice.

    viv on September 24, 2009 5:02 PM:

    Wow, the new Cole, Rood, and Haan website is amazing! It’s so easy to use and clean, with all the shoes laid out, and the styles are very attractive, too.

    pitboss12 on September 24, 2009 6:17 PM:

    Looks like a pretty great time. I used to work at a gun club during college. The pictures take me back and remind me I have to take my guns out every so often.

    Also, do work on the stance.

    Doublegun on September 24, 2009 9:40 PM:


    How about a trip to the real woods, chasing grouse and woodcock with Parkers, following setters right out of Osthause paintings, in a woods ablaze with every color imaginable? Taking a break in the afternoon to catch native brook trout with bamboo fly rods and delicate Blue Wing Olives and wrapping up the day with a fine dinner a good bottle of Merlot or two, followed by a couple of fingers of good Rye in front of a roaring fire and sleepy bird dogs dreaming on the hearth. That’s the real deal, not that Orvis, Barbour trying to be outdoorsie crap. Give me the crunch of leaves under my boots, the sound of a brass bell as a dog works the popple, the roar of a grouse flush, the feel of a 100-year old double barrel carried in the same woods for by generations of hunters, the taste of chedder and salami eaten while sitting on a tail gate and the company of fine grouse dogs and old friends. That you’ll never experience during a $75 round of clays.

    Michael Williams on September 24, 2009 9:46 PM:


    You think you’re Mickey Spillane? You think you’re some kind of a fuckin’ writer?


    JP on September 24, 2009 11:25 PM:

    He actually is some kinda writer. Probably owns a Barbour too, I’d bet.


    Doublegun on September 25, 2009 6:24 PM:

    You think you’re Mickey Spillane? You think you’re some kind of a fuckin’ writer?” I bet they weren’t talking like that at the Orvis Day Camp. I apologize if you think I was dissing your story. Re-reading my comments I can understand how you feel that way. I certainly applaud you for going out and doing a piece on style and the shooting sports. However, I would respectfully suggest that you find some grouse hunters and take a trip to Maine, Vermont of New Hampshire and cover the rich, texture filled world of the upland life. Where it’s not just about form, it’s about style and substance.

    Actually, I have worn through two Barbour Beaufort coats. Best damn coat for keeping the rain out and fending off briars but if you are really hunting, exerting yourself or just using the coat for its intended purpose, you’ll find yourself soaked from sweat. You’ll also find out that the corduroy collar wicks rain right to your shoulders so you need to wear a hat with a brim. Own one long enough and you’ll also learn that as the wax wears off and as the cotton gets wet and dries the coat will shrink and you wind up giving it to your wife and/or kids (or course by then the coat will stink to the point where they won’t touch it, let alone wear it).



    JN on September 25, 2009 6:40 PM:

    Any idea of the sort of boot the bearded fellow was wearing?

    JP on September 26, 2009 6:13 PM:

    I like this Doublegun guy. A lot.


    Michael Williams on September 26, 2009 6:17 PM:

    JN — Red Wing boots.

    DoubleGun — Ever see Full Metal Jacket? That is where my comment comes from, and I wasn’t taking offense at what you were saying. Although, it is not likely I will be out hunting anytime soon. I’m too busy faking like I do on the internet.

    Flocker on September 27, 2009 10:45 PM:

    I guess I am the inverse of you guys. I am lucky that i get to do a decent amount of bird hunting, and get a strange satisfaction from wearing great outdoor clothes made by/for hippies, leftists, and causeheads (Patagonia / Northface /Mt. Khakis in browns and greens).

    I am still waiting for Patagonia to use the pic I sent (quartering a feral hog) in their catalog.

    Chris Bryer on October 9, 2009 7:24 PM:

    I havent done too much upland bird hunting in the states but in Europe (mainly France) Barbour is a mainstay. Woodcock (Becasse), Partridge and Pheasant are the prey and good dogs are crucial as they dont push birds like they do here.

    Chris Bryer on October 9, 2009 7:26 PM:

    Here is a video of Becasse hunting in France.

    JW on October 15, 2009 9:27 AM:

    Hey Doublegun,

    I’ll go grouse hunting with you anytime. Just ask. Seriously. I’ve got a puppy I’m trying to train. Need to see good grouse dogs in action, and they are harder to find than hen’s teeth.

    By the way, the comments about Barbours and sweating are dead on. Waxed jackets are great for riding, driven shoots, and anything else that calls for sitting on your arse in the rain like an English lordling. But grouse hunting is serious exercise. Give me my Patagonia …. and of course my trusty roll of duct tape, since no gore-tex ever made can escape unscathed from the Lair of the Grouse God!

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