Joel Penkala

Joel Penkala is an Upland Bird Hunter and outdoors enthusiast from New Jersey. His love of all things upland has led him to travel and hunt around the United States and fostered his affinity for double guns and bird dogs. He runs English Setters in his home covers chasing Woodcock, Grouse, and Pheasants.

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Two Weatheryby rifle rounds lie next to each other on a table.
Roy Weatherby and the Illustrious Mark V – #016 of the Gun Room Podcast

Weatherby’s iconic rifle is an example of top-tier craftsmanship and American ingenuity Necessity is the…

Grace Callahan poses with a trophy.
Grace Callahan and Sporting Clays – #015 of the Gun Room Podcast

The decorated competition shooter sits down to talk what it takes to go pro, target…

Theodore Roosevelt sits atop his horse with his custom Springfield M1903 rifle.
The History of Sporterized Rifles – #014 of the Gun Room Podcast

Surplus wartime manufacturing led civilians and veterans to customize military rifles for more practical uses,…

A Griffin and Howe gunsmith works on a rifle.
100 Years of Griffin and Howe Rifles – #013 of the Gun Room Podcast

An exploration of a century of fine firearms and the new line of rifles set…

A Model 12 shotgun laid out on the ground
The Origin of the Winchester Model 12 – #012 of the Gun Room Podcast

Notable features, John Browning’s hand in the design, and more about the famous Winchester shotguns…

A man shoulders and over-under shotgun at the RFM factory.
Jay Herbert and Proper Gun Fit – #011 of the Gun Room Podcast

While the renowned shooting coach was in Tennessee, host Joel Penkala took time to pick…

A hunter carries the iconic Remington 870 pump shotgun
The Origin of the Remington 870 – #010 of the Gun Room Podcast

With a rich history of versatility and precision, there’s no doubt that the Remington 870…

An RFM gunsmith works on a side by side shotgun.
Dan LaFond and Upland Gun Company – #009 of the Gun Room Podcast

In a small pocket of Tennessee south of Nashville, Italian-made custom shotguns are imported to…

A vintage ad for the Remington 700 bolt action rifle.
The Remington 700 Overview – #008 of the Gun Room Podcast

From the P14 in World War 1 to post-World War 2 innovation, Remington’s development of…

A gun smith works on a custom built shotgun.
Steve Durren and Glenn Fewless discuss The American Custom Gunmakers Guild – #007 of the Gun Room Podcast

The President and Vice President of the ACGG talk their personal backgrounds, career paths, and…

A 1914 catalog order page for the Parker Trojan shotgun.
The Parker Brothers Trojan – #006 of the Gun Room Podcast

This old, reliable workhorse shotgun is synonymous with upland hunting … and forever will be…

A hunter carrying a Remington 870 pump shotgun in the field.
Art Wheaton and the Remington 870 – #005 of the Gun Room Podcast

Wheaton’s career took him all over the country, giving him perspective and passions not many…

A bird hunter carrying an A.H. Fox Sterlingworth while hunting.
The Venerable A.H. Fox Sterlingworth – #004 of the Gun Room Podcast

A side-by-side shotgun not originally held in high regard by the brand’s namesake, the Sterlingworth…

A Fox Sterlingworth side by side shotgun with the action broken open
Dan Rossiter and A.H. Fox Shotguns – #003 of the Gun Room Podcast

Join Dan Rossiter as he speaks on the American Custom Gunmakers Guild, being a small…

A Ruger 10/22 with woodstock and blued barrels
The Ruger 10/22 Overview – #002 of the Gun Room Podcast

Innovation in design coupled with efficiency in manufacturing gave rise to the affordable, reliable, and…

Guy Bignell of Griffin and Howe inspects a hammer shotgun.
Guy Bignell of Griffin and Howe – #001 of the Gun Room Podcast

Guy Bignell, former President of Griffin and Howe, one of the oldest gunsmithing and gunmaking…

A day bird hunting with the Stevens 315 side-by-side shotgun
Stevens 315 Side-by-side Shotgun – Overview of an American Classic

A look back at the Stevens 315 side-by-side shotgun “It’s just an old Stevens, nothing…

A sora rail on the edge of a water line during hunting season.
Sora Rail Hunting on a Skiff

Sora rail might be one more reason to start this bird season earlier than usual.…

A man holding a 20 gauge AH Parker shotgun
Parker Shotguns – A Vintage Shotgun History

A look into the famous American classic, the “Old Reliable” Parker Shotguns. Roughly halfway between…

A bird hunter carrying a vintage L.C. Smith shotgun.
L.C. Smith Shotguns – A Look into the History of Double Guns

Exploring the Shotgun Vintage Manufacturer Famous for their American Side Lock L.C. Smith is easily…