What a Day!

I leave Tuesday for an ammo test / hunt in Missouri. Home Friday and then Saturday the local club is having a First Shots event. I’m donating a custom 10-22 as a prize and of course all my kids want to shoot. Saturday afternoon the Gunwriter Assistant has a football game and then I leave on Monday for a carbine class at TacPro and a .30 AR hunt with Bill Wilson. Both in Texas.

This means I am up against the wall on assignments. Today, I wrapped up a piece that explains MILS and MOA, my ammo and Skill Check column for Shooting Illustrated and another for http://www.loaddata.com. Also test fired the new S&W M&P 15 TS (this is a very cool rifle by the way), bench tested the HK USC and a 9mm AR from Bushmaster. On top of that were the photos.

Articles for me are not a one-day deal. I generally have a dozen or so going at one time and work on them sporadically as time and interest allow and as information is gathered. A process similar to the way I worked investigations when I was a cop. Some require a lot of actual range or handloading so they can take months sometimes – depending on my travel schedule. Today just happened to be the “wrap ’em up” day.

Tomorrow is a football game and date night.


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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4 Responses to What a Day!

  1. RG says:

    still sounds like fun. Hey, where would I find good sources of proof mark descriptions. I am trying to identify an old drilling an old friend gave me. It’s from the 1800s I’m pretty sure, it has side by side damascus 16 gauge shot gun barrels and an 11 mm rifle barrel under. It has all sorts of proof marks and I think even a serial number. I know this is WAY off subject but since you’re in the business I thought maybe you’d have some leads on where I could find info. If you don’t care to get into this sort of thing I’ll understand.

  2. gunwriter says:

    You’re out of my jurisdiction on that one. I think a drilling is the coolest gun made but know very little about them. I would suggest you contact gunwriter John Barsness on Facebook. That sounds like it is right up the creek he likes to fish on. You can also contact him through his website: http://www.riflesandrecipes.com/


  3. Jim Dodd says:

    I use Gerhard Wirnsberger The Standard Directory of Proof Marks (translated by RA Steindler). ISBN 0-89149-006-X, distributed by Blacksmith Publishers of Chino Valley, AZ. You will need photos of the marks if you do it “remotely”…jim

  4. RG says:

    thank you both very much.

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