June 15, 2010 – Day 2

Today we had a formal presentation from by John May and Bill Wilson that covered handguns, shotguns, rifles, knives, ammo and accessories. We were sworn to secrecy on a new entry level 1911 and provided a list of all the ammunition Wilson Combat will be offering – with prices. They have also developed a new handguard for ARs that is as slick as snot on a frog’s back. No, it really is slick and comfortable to grip but still permits rail attachment.

At lunch we visited the Saunder’s Museum in Berryville, AR. If you are within 100 miles of Berryville, take the time and make the detour. You can see the Colt that was taken from William Quantrill when he was captured in Kentucky along with Clyde Barrow’s hat.

Later we engaged in a friendly handgun / rifle shooting match in Bill Wilson’s backyard. I dropped one shot on the sorta El-Pres drill and the penalty kicked me to third place.


I spent most of the rest of the evening talking to another West Virginian, Joyce Wilson, Bill Wilson’s wife. Joyce is from Morgantown, WV and now splits her time between her and Bill’s home in AR and their ranch in TX. She is also the Executive Director of the IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association.), a hunter and a pilot.

During June 22-25th, Joyce and her partner Laura Berry will be participating in all women’s air-race from Fort Myers, FL to Frederick, MD. You can follow their blog here.

WILSON CUSTOM AMMUNITION will be available for the .380 ACP, 9mm, .38 Super, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .40 S&W, 10mm, .45 ACP, .460 Rowland, .223 Remington and the .308 Winchester. Prices range from $ 20 – $ 40 per 20 round box depending on the load.


I get on an airplane at 10:30 CT tomorrow and land at home just after midnight EST. Should have paid Joyce to fly me there straight away. She said it would take about six hours.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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5 Responses to June 15, 2010 – Day 2

  1. Chad Adams says:

    A RAM blog, now that’s awesome. A hell of a gunwriter, for sure. But an unfiltered hillbilly (such as myself), with too much high-tech gear so that he can blog from anywhere–as granny used to say, “Praise the Lord, and pass the ammunition …”

    Richard Mann is one of the best people in this business. He knows the guns and gear as well as anyone, and I’m stoked that he’s taken on such an assignment. Count me in as an everyday reader. Good luck RAM, and to all you readers, you’re in for a treat.

    Chad Adams, 3-Gun Nation

  2. John in KS says:

    That’s a real nice back yard Bill has there………..

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