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.