Starting ’em Early

I needed to put some .32 H&R Mag. ammo together today. I was only doing a 100 rounds so I did not set up my progressive. But I had help. My seven year old daughter had a blast loading the ammo. I was using almost a case full of Hodgdon Lil’ Gun so there was no chance of a double charge. While she is interested, I might start on the .327 Federal loads.

Little Girls don't have to have a Barbie to have fun.


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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7 Responses to Starting ’em Early

  1. Rev. Roger A. Shervington says:

    Just one comment: Proverbs 22:6.
    Blessings and peace to you and yours this glorious Christmas season!

  2. Brian Smith says:

    Nice to see you have a cheerful assistant! Get her some pink safety/shooting glasses and she’s good to go.

  3. Tony Yates says:

    Riichard, you a lovely daughter, she took after her mom in that regard :-), it’s great that she and Bat Mann have been introduced to our sport early, we’re counting on them to carry on the tradition.
    I subscribe to quite a few shooting / hunting magazines and I’m seeing your work everywhere! I enjoy your reviews very much, you’re one of my favorite writers in the genre! I really enjoyed the latest article on you and Bat going to Bill Wilson’s ranch in Texas, very cool, I’m sure Bat had the time of his life down there! What night vision (MFG) scope(s) did y’all use on the Hogs?
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Tony Yates

    Winston-Salem, NC 27105

    • gunwriter says:

      You are right about that. looks from mom, brain from dad 😉

      Bat did have a blast. He thinks Texas is nothing but a shooting gallery.

      The optic was a Night Optics D740. Worked great.

      Thanks for the comments; glad someone is reading and not just looking at the images.


  4. Tony Yates says:

    Mr. Mann, re: Night Optics D740, Is this night vision scope a stand alone scope or combined with a dayscope in front of or behind? It looks like a stand alone from their website. It sounds like Bill Wilson’s 7.62X40WT is an awesome AR. Of course I wouldn’t expect anything less when it comes to Wilson Combat. Do yo know who actually came up with this cartridge? Brilliant! I’m green with envy, some guys would give their left one for such a trip with Bill Wilson at Bill’s Ranch. Geez! 🙂
    You’re a blessed man!
    Regards, Tony Yates

    • gunwriter says:

      They offer both styles and both seemed to work very well but the add-on unit adds a lot of weight.

      Original work on this wildcat cartridge was done by Kurt Buchert who called it the 7.62 X 40 USA. With Kurt’s blessing, Bill Wilson took the work that Kurt had done, refined it and developed the 7.62 X 40 WT.


  5. Jim Dodd says:

    Danger Richard Robinson! I started at age 7 with my Grandfather loading .38 Specials in the basement — including casting lead bullets…jim

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