Gunwriter Assistant

I could say that its hard being a gunwriter but I would be lying. Sometimes it can be mentally stressful, especially when you’re dealing with an editor who has no clue what he wants, what the readers want or what you’re capable of writing. Thank the ghost of Finn Aagaard I don’t have any like that.

The only time it gets really physical is on some hunts; my first free-range aoudad hunt was brutal. Retrieving targets is a pain but I got a gunwriter assistant for that. He also carries guns, picks up brass, helps with the dragging and skinning of deer, sorts brass, and sometimes even works the loading press.

Most importantly he takes photos. Even with a self timer it can be incredibly difficult to get good images of yourself. I would rather take pictures of him and do when the gun I’m testing is suitable for a youngster. You see, my gunwriter assistant is my ten-year old son Sabastian. (We call him “Bat” for short.)


He says he wants to be a gunwriter when he grows up. That’s fine by me but I hope like me, he never does grow up.


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.
This entry was posted in THIS & THAT, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

42 Responses to Gunwriter Assistant

  1. lloyd says:

    What a lucky kid!

  2. Double D says:

    That aoudod hunt was brutal, but still one of the best I’ve been on. And I didn’t even get to hang my tag.

  3. micropileman says:

    Looks like your assistant can shoot, too!

  4. Pingback: June 23, 2010 – Day 10 | EMPTY CASES

  5. Pingback: June 26, 2010 – Hunter’s / Shooter’s Camera | EMPTY CASES

  6. Pingback: Day 15 Continued | EMPTY CASES

  7. Pingback: June 30, 2010 – From Africa with Love | EMPTY CASES

  8. Pingback: July 1, 2010 – Travel & Such | EMPTY CASES


  10. Pingback: A Little Deer Hunting Nostalgia – Day 27 | EMPTY CASES

  11. Pingback: Day 30 – From Africa With Love Part II | EMPTY CASES

  12. Pingback: Monday – 50 days | EMPTY CASES

  13. Pingback: 4 August 2010 – Day 52 – Remembering Ireland | EMPTY CASES

  14. Pingback: Timneyfied | EMPTY CASES

  15. Pingback: Hump Day – Wednesday – Day 59 | EMPTY CASES

  16. Pingback: Day 64 | EMPTY CASES

  17. Pingback: Home Again, Gone Again | EMPTY CASES

  18. Pingback: Hunting Dinosaurs Part 2 | EMPTY CASES

  19. Pingback: Opening Day | EMPTY CASES

  20. Pingback: Would you like chips with that? Opening Day Tribulations | EMPTY CASES

  21. Pingback: 30 Rem AR in a Bolt Action | EMPTY CASES

  22. Pingback: RACK 1 Field Test – Part 1 | EMPTY CASES

  23. Pingback: RACK 1 Field Test – Part 2 | EMPTY CASES

  24. Pingback: Last Minute Gifts for Gun Loonies | EMPTY CASES

  25. Pingback: The Bolt Rifle in 30 AR is HERE | EMPTY CASES

  26. Pingback: Laser Training | EMPTY CASES

  27. Pingback: Boy Gets New Bow – Shoots until his arms hurt. | EMPTY CASES

  28. Pingback: Outdoor Romance Training Video | EMPTY CASES

  29. Pingback: Rack 1 Field Test – Part 4 | EMPTY CASES

  30. Pingback: Browning X Bolt Micro Midas | EMPTY CASES

  31. Pingback: ‘Possum Cops | EMPTY CASES

  32. Pingback: NRA Show – Five Favorite Things | EMPTY CASES

  33. Pingback: Laser Training Devices for Handguns | EMPTY CASES

  34. Pingback: Best New Gun of 2011 | EMPTY CASES

  35. Pingback: Best New Cartridge of 2011 | EMPTY CASES

  36. Pingback: Do you take the shot? | EMPTY CASES

  37. Pingback: Diamondback DB9 Reliability | EMPTY CASES

  38. Pingback: Discovered Gifts | EMPTY CASES

  39. Pingback: Are You a Zombie or a Zombie Hunter? | EMPTY CASES

  40. Pingback: Better than My Birthday | EMPTY CASES

  41. Pingback: Glock vs. 1911 (Wilson Combat) – A Superbowl Commercial | EMPTY CASES

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s