Don’t Mess With Ed Stock

Ed Stock was the instructor during my first Gunsite class. Even today when I miss what I’m shooting at, I hear that unmistakeable voice in my ear saying, “Front sight.”

Ed has been around at Gunsite longer than anyone but that does not mean he is to be messed with. His former range buddy, Pauley, is un-living proof. This first photo was taken back when Ed and Pauley were close. They talked guns, shot placement and even told war stories – like old cops do. This second photo was taken shortly after their, shall we say, falling out. Pauley made the grave error of committing several safety violations on Ed’s range and then showed no remorse. This of course being a common failing of all zombies. Ed, being the good guy that he is, let the class take part in Pauley’s second demise…Not all zombies are lucky enough to cross Ed Stock.


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 Don’t Mess With Ed Stock

  1. rambowmikeoutdoors says:

    Richard, Your last article, did you ever tell what kind of bullet it was? I’ve been anticipating the answer. Thanks….

  2. T. Brooks says:

    Richard, does “The Senior Range Master” read your blog??

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