Day 64

Anytime I’m out of town, the first day back is always a terror. But before that; on the way home from my hunting camp yesterday I stopped and watched the Gunwriter Assistant’s first football game of the year. Since he missed practice one day last week they said he had to sit out half of each game (It was a two game grid-orama). Not sure how this all translated to actual playing time. The first game he played in both halves and in the second game he played two plays. He was smiling when it was over so I guess it does not matter. He’s only ten and it should be about fun at that age. To quote the Bat Mann he said, “Dad, I just want to tackle someone.” I can totally understand, I’ve spent most of my adult life wanting to do the same thing.

Today there was mail, e-mail and new assignments. Looks like I will be providing some content for the North American Hunting Club‘s INSIDE TRACK web news letter. You can sign up here if your interested in this service. Generally it is about some new hunting gear, a neat photo or hunting news e-mailed to you every few days.

The other day I talked with my good buddy and fellow writer John Barsness. He is doing well and like always did not draw and good tags for his home state of Montana. He did inform me that he might be selling the Heym SR 21 rifle he purchased from me a few years ago. This is a great shooting .30 Winchester Magnum I used in Africa to take seven animals.

I’ve also been contacted to do a write up on reloading the .30 Remington AR for the 2011 Hodgdon Annual Manual. It seems there is either a shortage of gunwriters savy enough to appreciate all this cartridge has to offer or they got me cheap.

For most of the day I worked on two articles for Shooting Illustrated. Checking facts, reviewing test data and so on. One on pistol caliber carbines and another on setting up a long range rifle. These should both appear in print before the end of the year. Tomorrow is more of the same and Wednesday its packing and prepping for the couples class at Gunsite sponsored by Surefire, XS Sights, Galco, Corbon and others.

Is that enough of an anniversary present or should I buy my wife something she can open other than a box of handgun ammo?

Does anyone make sexy shooting shirts?


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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