Witchiepoo – A Diversion from GUN STUFF


The Good Witch of the West Virginia hills.


With apologies in advance, anyone remember the children’s television show HR Puf-N-Stuf? Probably very few of you which dates me. (I do have the distinction of being born on Jack O’Connor’s birthday and being 45 at the outset of the 100th birthday of the 1911 – This of course does not mean I can write as eloquently as ol’ Cactus Jack or shoot a 1911 in any special way.)

At any rate, when I was just a whipper snapper I used to watch that show on Saturday mornings. (Yep, even gunwriter’s were kids too and I guess I liked the Indiana Jones-like kid in the show.) The villain on this TV series was named Witchiepoo and was sort of a Wile E. Coyote kind of character. Last Halloween my littlest girl who is three dressed up as a witch. This was appropriate since I call her Ranyepoo all the time. (Her name is Rayne) I think she makes a good witch.

The Original Witchiepoo


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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