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txpossum 03-12-2013 11:21 PM

Who is your favorite gun writer?
For myself, and many others of my generation, the answer to this question comes instantly and easily: the late, great Charles A. "Skeeter" Skelton, who wrote about handguns in Shooting Times for over 20 years.

It seems unreal that it has been 25 years since Skeeter passed away. For pure enjoyment of reading I have never seen his equal in ST or any other firearms magazine. Instead of just giving a review of a pistol, he wove the specifics of the handgun into a narrative that informed and entertained with never a seam showing.

I bought copies of both of the hardback collections of Skeeter's writings when they came out, and like a damn fool I loaned them out and never got them back. Those books are now out of print, and go for upwards of $100 these days. A couple of years back I scoured the internet looking for any of his writing in the web, and was able to download about 250 pages of his articles and columns. It is on my kindle, and I re-read portions of it every few months.

txpossum 03-12-2013 11:31 PM

Here is a site with a collection of his writings:

rocshaman 03-13-2013 12:06 AM

Elmer Keith was a good one. Wrote some classic material. Jeff Cooper was another.

About Elmer's life:

txpossum 03-13-2013 12:19 AM

I liked reading Elmer Keith, but Jeff Cooper (even though at one time he was considered the high priest of the Church of the 1911) to me always seemed to have an undertone of assumed infallibility that sorta irriated me.

rocshaman 03-13-2013 12:26 AM

The key is looking past style into the man's knowledge. He did know what he was talking about and in fact came up with a lot of cutting edge concepts, for his time. I still remember reading Cooper's Corner in Guns and Ammo. I always enjoyed his insight.

locutus 03-13-2013 01:30 AM

Skelton and Keith were very entertaining. Askins was knowledgeable.

Cooper and O'Connor were arrogant egotistical idiots.

Control 03-13-2013 04:09 AM

In the 50's we had O'Connor at ODL, Pete Brown at Field & Stream and Warren Page at F&S.

I read Phil Sharpe, Askins and my favorite was Townsend Whelan.

We had Ackley, Landis, Lyman, Hagel, Ruark, Taylor, Mann, Wooters etc.

What's happened now is the internet and these forums!

While I still get the American Rifleman and American Hunter from our lifetime memberships in the NRA I no longer subscribe to other magazines.

I used to get the: Rifle, Handloader etc.

I can even trade posts with one or more gun writers on forums!

To add that I see I forgot Keith. He was entertaining ...............

JonM 03-13-2013 04:46 AM

I for one am glad the interweb has killed off the gun rags. Back in the 80's the world of guns was boring. Everyome only had one of two or three opinions which were espoused for them by the big rags. If you didnt have a 1911 or a pre64 winchester mod 70 or didnt shoot dangerously overloaded keith loads your opinion wasnt worth anything.

Now that we have the web the world of guns has absolutely expanded infinately beyound that old dried up relic of pre-printed opinion pieces.

To answer your question, my favorite gun writers are the folks that inhabit these forums. Honest people who actually invest time and money into their sport and share their honest adventures and opinions with the rest of us.

nitestalker 03-13-2013 04:53 AM

I liked Bob Milek he was handgun editor of Guns & Ammo. Bob replaced Elmer Kieth and was with Elmer when he had the stroke in Houston.
Bob was a dear friend, who died very young before his time. I was also a Big fan of "Skeeter". I really like the visits to Jug Johnsons Turkey Track Ranch. :)

txpossum 03-13-2013 11:37 AM

Hmmmm. I'm a little surprised that most of the writers mentioned here are the older ones; nobody's mentioned people like John Taffin, Jim Wilson, Ayoob, etc.

Is todays crop of writers so boring that nobody will claim to enjoy them?

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