Dave McCracken
June 17, 2005, 08:37 AM
As some of us know, Bob Brister died in the past few days. He was 77, and we are all in his debt.

Besides his Masterwork, Shotgunning, The Art and The Science , Brister spanned the gap between traditional shotgunning and us moderns. He was a pragmatic engineer who tested and experimented until actual real world results showed what worked and what did not.

When he wanted to find out what happened to patterns on moving targets he built a trailer and convinced his wife to drive around pulling the trailer while he shot at it. They were married over 50 years. Her pet 10 gauge Ithaca Goose whacker was nicknamed "Baby"....

When he wanted to determine if there was any benefit to a stock mod like a straight English style grip, he'd change the stock on his pet Perazzi and go shooting. At one point, that P Gun had a dozen stocks.

His work with the 28 gauge did much to popularize its use among non skeet shooters and hunters.

He helped start Sporting Clays in this country, observing the game in England and designing the first courses here.

And he was not snobbish about shotguns. While he owned bespoke doubles and lots of Perazzis, he also liked pumps and autos. He had some input on a couple Winchesters, the X1 auto and the 101 O/U, though he never styled himself as a designer.

And he was one heck of a writer. His story about tracking a wounded Cape Buffalo in the Novogorongo Crater was a heart stopper. The bull died within arm's reach.

He was one heck of a shotgunner also. The high dollar live pigeon shoots in Texas and old Mexico saw him as a major contender. He won trap and skeet shoots,kicked major butt at recently as last year in SC, and instructed Olympic shooters, pro SC folks and plain folks who wanted to shoot better.

Anyway, say a prayer for a man who did it all and helped many unaware of his existence......

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June 17, 2005, 10:34 AM
Nice obit' Dave ......... I have little doubt there are many salutations from many folks towards him - richly deserved.

June 17, 2005, 10:42 AM
I have his book and got many a chuckle reading how his wife drove their car with the paper trailing behind while he shot so he could get his lead data. Wish I could shoot like he could!

June 17, 2005, 10:49 AM
My dad gave me that book when I was about 8. Some of it was a little advanced for an 8 year old, but I've still got the tattered copy on the shelf. I too still laugh every time I see the pictures of that old car (I think it was a station wagon with wood paneling?) towing the sheets of paper.

June 17, 2005, 03:49 PM
Nice post, Dave...I too, was saddened to hear of Mr. Brister's passing and, like many here, I learned a lot from him over the years...my copy of "Shotgunning, The Art and The Science" is still one of my most-used reference works....mikey357

June 17, 2005, 03:59 PM
Thanks Dave, consider the prayer a done deal.

Brian Dale
June 18, 2005, 10:25 AM
Farewell, Mr. Brister; you did a lot of people a lot of good.

Dave McCracken
June 18, 2005, 12:53 PM
Thanks, folks. Elsewhere on the Net, some folks wanted to collect some money and give it in his name to a worthy cause, like the NRA.

One person suggested another course of action. Teach a new shooter and give them a copy of The Book....

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