Skeeter Skelton, although he has not written anything in a good while. :smile: Why? It was his incredible talent to spin a story and mix in gunlore at the same time. Favorite gun rag? Right now it's American Handgunner, yea the one that's currently on the shit list of numerous readers. But when Skeeter was alive, it was Shooting Times. Now that Elmer, Skeeter, and Bill Jordan are gone, gun rags just aren't the same.
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I like just about all the writers for Precision Shooting. Especially Dave Brennan, editor and his "classical literature quotes", Dick Write and the humor in his writing. The whole magazine is a must read, plus "The Last Post", is about well known shooters, et. final resting place and a little of there history. Jordan, Keith, O'Conner, Skeeter, et. were always favorite reads too. Mike
My favorite contemporary gun writer is Massad Ayoob. While I do not know him personally his style of writing speaks to me. I also enjoy reading articles by Clint Smith. I somewhat enjoy the commentaries by Jeff Cooper but I very much enjoy his books. Really good stuff. Jake
I always like Bill Jordan. He lived in a city across the river from me and I'd see him occasionally at a couple places around town...The magazines have changed, I liked "GUNS" and lately just whatever catches my eye. Some of the most interesting writings I've read are from some smiths at different times. The info usually went over my head but I saved every one of those old mags that had that kind of info. Handgunner had them with a Mr. Wood and a Mr.Lawson...The Simpson and Libourel and Seyfried pieces I liked, and Colonel Jeff Cooper was always hilarious...Lots I guess at different times and for different things. Most of it was just entertainment and I liked to read...Of course, when we finally got color TV I just read at bedtime for an hour or so...I still have magazines from the 70s and on up that had stuff I liked in them...My son reads them now...
Several of you mentioned Ross Seyfried. A very articulate man. Did you ever see him shoot? He won the IPSC Nationals in 1978 and IPSC World Championship in 1981.
He came to Houston after the World Championship and gave a one-day shooting class to a small group of us. What a gentleman! A great teacher.
The one piece of advice I remember most was to take an extra fraction of a second to get set on your first target before firing and moving on. He looked quite deliberate doing this. He was smooth and very fast, yet unhurried. He shot a rather simple 5" Colt from a holster positioned slightly behind his right hip. Learned a lot from him.
The sport hadn't gotten "gamey" yet in 1981.
"Stripping motivated people of their dignity and rubbing their noses it is a very bad idea."
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I enjoyed your comments so far and I know a lot of the people you mentioned. I have learned a lot from these comments on how you analize these people. I like Gila Hayes and Layne Simpson. Lets not forget John Taffin.
I once wrote Jim Wilson a letter to his home but I do not think he liked my evaluation of his article on a kimber in shooting Times sept. 1999. Mike Boyle is a nice guy, and so is william Bell. My personal favorite gun writer was TOM FERGUSON of GUN WORLD. Tom is no longer with us but he was one of the best friends I ever had. I have always been friendly with Hal Swiggett. I could go on and on and it brings back some fond memories. I am quite friendly with Bob Campbell. I have done over 150 guns for gun writers some have played it strait with me and others have not. I have always kept a daily diary of my life so I can reference any day and any year. Please keep up the comments and I will talk so more about these writers.
Ross Seyfried is tops. He's so knowledgable about so many aspects of shooting it makes me dizzy. He sparked my interest in Bisley revolvers, hard cast bullets with large meplats, and Forsythe technology. Because of him, I have learned to perform outstanding results with firearms we would typically consider obsolete.
When I hear the name Ross Seyfried, this is what comes to mind:
Bisley 45 Colts revolvers
rifles of at least .338 cal.
Beretta ASE 90
Bullets cast from LBT moulds
Ross is GOOD. Very good. He has great insight, and is also a world champion. What more can you ask for?