Bart Skelton
March 2, 2006, 06:20 PM
It was quite recently that I ran into THR site, and I was thrilled to see a number of threads pertaining to my late dad, Skeeter. I'd like to take a minute and thank all the readers and participants for remembering my old man. It's sure nice knowing there are a number of gun folks out there who still remember him. He'd be pleased, humbled and impressed. I must agree with several of the folks that contributed threads regarding him - there will never be another one like him. But that also goes for other men, like Keith, Bill Jordan and Col. Charles Askins. They all lived in a different era, and they were definitely products of those times.

Thanks again.

Bart Skelton

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Vern Humphrey
March 2, 2006, 06:22 PM
Thank you and your dad -- I was a fan of his and I read what you write. You both give us all a lot of pleasure.

March 2, 2006, 06:24 PM
Your Dad was one of a kind ,I especialy enjoyed his " me and joe " storys. I also enjoy reading your work, and let me say Welcome to the high road , pull up a chair and a snort of ol widowmaker and visit .

March 2, 2006, 06:24 PM
I grew up reading your dad's writing and was terribly saddened at his premature passing. I don't think you realize how much of an inspiration he was to those of us who followed his exploits in print. Why do you think I own so many 5" Model 27s and 5" 1950 Target .44 Specials?

My best to you and your family and I think your father would be pleased with his legacy, including you.

March 2, 2006, 06:32 PM
I wonder if anyone has re-published the collection of 'Me and Joe' stories? I miss his humor as well as the information that he shared.


Bob F.
March 2, 2006, 06:45 PM
Bart: Great to hear from you. I, too, grew up reading Skeeter's stories. Loved each and every one. Felt like I knew him. He was truly one of a kind! I'm sure he'd be proud of you, too!

Best wishes to you and yours!

March 2, 2006, 06:54 PM
Well I'll be darned. Welcome to the group. Boy do I remember reading your Dad's articles :)
Come to think of it, you are not a bad writer yourself;)

Larry Ashcraft
March 2, 2006, 07:15 PM
Welcome! And please stay around and join in the discussions.

I'm of of the "old guys" who read your dad's articles 25 or so years ago.

March 2, 2006, 07:21 PM
I'm afraid I came to shooting late and have not read your fathers work. I have read yours and enjoy it a lot. From the things I have heard I wish I had read some of his stuff, but then "good follows good".

Keep up the good work.

Old Fuff
March 2, 2006, 07:22 PM
Welcome to the High Road…

It was my pleasure and privilege to have known both your Dad and Mom – at least a little bit. Both were outstanding folks. I will always remember that your Dad’s shooting skills were only exceeded by his sense of humor. I hope we see you often on this forum. :D

March 2, 2006, 07:34 PM
Bart, it's a pleasure to welcome you to the High Road. I grew up on your Dad's writing, and like others, pictured myself in the Me and Joe type of lifestyle. I often thought I'd end up writing stuff like that myself.

I remember one story about how Skeeter got the nickname, from a high school team when he was slim and quick, darting in and out.

I read all your stuff too, and think you're very good, if not slim and quick :evil: No matter, I have a few too many pounds on me also. You shouldn't admit it in print though. No one will ever know, and keep cropping your pictures up around your neck :)

There are some incredible, interesting people on here...come back and see us from time to time.

Hope you can take a joke...we only kid the ones we love!!!


Bart Skelton
March 2, 2006, 07:37 PM
Thanks for all the kind words. By the way, my dad wasn't slim and quick but for a few years, then developed a noticable belly himself for a while.

March 2, 2006, 07:45 PM
A BS aside, I would have to rank your dad as the greatest gun writer that ever lived (with Elmer Keith running a close second). No question in my mind.
I grew up reading his writing. I couldn't wait for the next issue to come out, in the mean time I probably read all of his articles a dozen times while I was waiting on the next issue. I would sit at the kitchen table and tell my mom what Skeeter had to say this month (like she cared :rolleyes: ). Since that time, I have bought a whole lot of guns. I have shot even more. I have read books, magazines, and internet forums all geared toward guns. But, I still enjoy his writing as much as I did when I was 10 or 11 years old.
I have all the books. I bought them the second I knew about them.

My favorite stuff was about Dobe Grant.
Then there is the story about when he had the jail inmate casting him bullets.
Or the one where he was on a pistol team and they gave him the keys to the ammo locker.

March 2, 2006, 07:49 PM
Welcome aboard, Mr. Skelton. Very glad to have you here.

While I never got to meet your father, I greatly admired him.


March 2, 2006, 07:50 PM
Add me to the list of Skeeter's admirers. I was reading his stuff even before he had a mustache! I've got many of his old articles saved...even ones from mags that never paid him! (Bart will know what I mean...can you say....Gunspo##?) Every time I eat a bowl of chili (cooked by Mrs. Slab with venison, according to Skeet's old recipe) I laugh and recall the time as a rookie BP that he stole and ate the wetbacks' supper with his Patrol Supervisor!
Skeet was the kind of writer that presented his ideas and thoughts felt when reading him that he was right there talking to you. I never met him, but felt I knew him. When he died, I mourned.
Bart, you're of the best of the current crop...but Skeet will never be equalled. A man, a sportsman, a lawman, and a storyteller the likes of which we won't see again. Oh, yes, he IS remembered!

March 2, 2006, 08:04 PM
Bart, I'm another oldtimer who grew up reading your dad's articles. Welcome aboard.

Art Eatman
March 2, 2006, 08:19 PM
Welcome to THR! I'm another admirer of your father's writings, as well as yours. Glad to hear you've taken over his slot in Deming. (I believe I was told Deming.)

I have a real serious personal question for you: What do you think of Jim Wilson's beard?

:D, Art

Standing Wolf
March 2, 2006, 08:19 PM
Skeeter Skelton was one of the best gun writers ever.

March 2, 2006, 08:22 PM
Funniest story I ever read was when your dad was talking about carrying a 1911 loaded with snake shot.

He got out of his truck and almost stepped on a rattler.

He jumped about three feet, simultaneously pulled his 1911, and shot the snake on the fly.

The guy(s) he was with thought he shot the snake with hardball ammo. They were impressed.

Your dad didn't dispel their myth.

I laughed till I cried.

March 2, 2006, 08:33 PM
Welcome to THR Bart. I have a box full of Shooting Times magazines with your Dad's stories in them. I went through them once, trying to clean them out and realized I couldn't throw them away. Your Dad is one of the coolest men ever. :cool:

March 2, 2006, 09:23 PM
Second thing I did & do with a magazine is go to the
rear page-pages to read the stories. What a
real pleasure. Course first thing I HAVE to do is look at the cover..;)

Now my Mother who is closer to 90 than not, reads the
stories as well. She loves to read about the border and
what your Father and you found down there as well as
coming upon some of the most interesting of characters
both good and bad.

I too am happy you've come by and hope you'll stay.

Sharps Shooter
March 2, 2006, 09:24 PM
Howdy Bart,
I sure enjoy your writing and I sorely miss your Dad's. I've had the hardback of "Skeeter Skelton On Handguns" for I don't know how long. But my copy was published in 1980, so that must have been about the time I ordered it. It's great. I've read it cover to cover many times.

Harve Curry
March 3, 2006, 11:53 AM
I was surprised to see your name up this morning.
I grew up reading your Dad Skeeter's stuff. Made a influence on me to learn more about the 44spl, handloading it, and that's all I carry, a Colt SAA 44spl. I get to meet some retired Border Patrol men around here and I eventually have to ask them did they know Skeeter Skelton or Bill Jordan?
They smile and say yea .

March 3, 2006, 12:04 PM
Welcome Guy !

It seems your proof the apple don't fall far from the tree !

I have fond memories of your dad's work that will live with me till I get a chance to meet him personaly.

March 3, 2006, 12:14 PM
I have never read these writings, but when I hear all these testimonials of this mans writings I have to ask. Where do I get these at? Maybe someone could put his writings together in a booK? Please!

Bart Skelton
March 3, 2006, 12:36 PM
All the kind comments much appreciated. We're currently working (not nearly fast enough) on re-publishing Good Friends, Good Guns and Good Whiskey. Hopefully it will be available in the next year. In the meantime, I've been trying to talk the magazine into re-printing a few of his old pieces.

As for Jim Wilson's beard, I was told that he started growing it after recently seeing his first Chuck Norris film.

March 3, 2006, 02:09 PM
Bart, I too was a big fan of your dad's, and admired his work more than any other writer I can think of. However I really appreciated it when I saw my son, at the time about 10-12 or so, reading "Skeeter Skelton on Handguns" until it literally fell apart. I think he enjoyed them as much as I did.

March 3, 2006, 02:23 PM
I remember reading an article by your honored father where the byline was not "Skeeter". But only the one.

Your pappy was the most knowledgeable of all the handgun writers of his time. There were and are other adequate writers. But most of them are specialists in one way or another. The late Mr. Skelton knew about lawman requirements, military combat requirements, handgun hunting and target shooting. Not to mention a truly humble attitude - he knew who he was without pretense or false modesty - and a great sense of humor. I never got to met your dad, but I'm sure I'll recognize him in Heaven.

And... I served for six years as a Border Patrol Agent - not uninfluenced in that decision by your late father.

And, as others, I like your writing too. Keep it up; there's enough fluff articles about new products on the market. I still prefer knowledge tested in the fire. However, there is a danger here; you might give me to think I have something to say as well.

March 3, 2006, 02:46 PM
I've been following this thread since last night and thought I'd add my $.02...

I think I really should, since reading some of Elmer Keith's works and Jim Wilson's collumns, get ahold of Skeeter Skelton's works. Although he was dead before I knew who he was, I was sorta introduced over time through a smattering from other writers such as Jim Wilson relating the story a few years ago about that first Super Redhawk- the one Bill Ruger sent to Skeeter for the article- that became known as "Sally's Purse Gun". (Not to define people by one thing by any means.)

Bart, Whenever I get ahold of the magazine, your collumn is the first thing I look for. I've found some good appreciable human interest stories there that I've enjoyed. The Alaskan guide, Jose from Puerto Rico, for instance, sounds like an interesting character and a good guy to know. And the time the title said something like "Real Men Shoot .22's" struck a chord with me as I've thoroughly enjoyed my small selection of .22LR handguns and recognized your point. I figure to keep reading as long as you keep writing.

March 3, 2006, 02:54 PM
Welcome to THR. Good Friends is one of my most treasured books. I only "knew" your father through his writings. I enjoy what you write too, but I am also thankful for the opportunity to "talk" with you. Thank you and your dad.

Jeff White
March 3, 2006, 03:48 PM
Welcome to THR. I too grew up reading your Dad's stories. I used to read his article first when Shooting Times came in the mail.


March 3, 2006, 04:14 PM
I especially liked the "Me and Joe" story where they found all the buried varmint hides.

I enjoy your border stories as well.

March 3, 2006, 04:17 PM
Johnnybgood, here is a link:
At the Dark Canyon site you will find a number of articles by Bart's Dad, the one and only Skeeter Skelton. I hope I am not causing a copywrite problem, but for one like yourself that has not read Skeeter, it is a start.
Bart, your Dad was really not a gun writer, IMO. He was a people writer. He knew more about people than guns, and he just happened to have a great deal to add to the gun discourse. He was a storyteller in the best traditions, and I bet he was a hoot to be around. Any number of writers can give us expertise on guns, or ammo, but few can regale us with stories like Skeeter. I loved to read his work, and a magazine with his byline in it was always good reading.
We miss him. I didn't know him but I feel like I did.
I just saw you the other night on a tv show with some of your Dad's guns. Thanks for carrying on the tradition.

March 3, 2006, 05:09 PM
I grew up reading your Dad and he was quite an influence in my life. God bless his memories and god bless you!

Art Eatman
March 3, 2006, 05:30 PM
"The singing sheriff meets the super-kicker!" :D:D:D

Wilson's CD is worth the money...


March 3, 2006, 05:43 PM
Johnybgood...If you've never read Skeeter Skelton, you've missed out on a great part of the gun culture. Want facts, fiction, wit and humor, and downright good entertainment? Ya gotta read Skeet!

Welcome to The High Road and here's hoping that you'll be a frequent visitor. If there's a complete collection of your father's writings, please let me know how and where I can get it. I remember laughing over the "Me and Jug" adventures until the tears go so bad that I often couldn't see to read.
I saved many of his magazine articles, but lost them during a bitter divorce...along with a few treasured guns...that included a vengeful woman who knew exactly where to hit me. I'd like to have them all back. if such a collection exists...I'm ready to buy it.

Bart Skelton
March 3, 2006, 06:20 PM

Unfortunately, there is no complete Skeeter works available. Copies of his various books can be found on the web, though they're pricey. Thus our attempts to re-publish the Good Friends book. As I said, we hope to get this done before too long. It'll be a print on demand type of deal, but should work well. I had my own little book printed this way and it's not a bad way to go.


Like you, I've found Jim's CD to be well worth the money. Great songs by a great singer and friend. I've also found that playing the CD loudly at night in the desert oddly seems attract an inordinate number of coyotes and other varmints.

Bart Skelton
March 3, 2006, 06:23 PM

Sure appreciate your readership. I suppose I'll keep writing as long as they let me. It's good to know there's someone out there reading that stuff.


March 3, 2006, 06:28 PM
found all the buried varmint hides.

No, it was the rabbit ears, wasn't it?

There was a .25 bounty on rabbits, but the local govt didn't want to dispose of rabbit carcasses, so they simply bought the ears.

And Skeeter (and friend) found where the ears were buried.

Or are you thinking of a different story?

Man, I miss his stories.

March 3, 2006, 06:29 PM
Welcome Bart! Your old man was a very good friend of mine even though we never met. I enjoyed his articles for years. Shooting times has not been the same without him. You can for sure be proud of him.

March 3, 2006, 06:58 PM
Bart Thanks for taking the time to visit. I too am a long time admirer of your Dad. He was a big, and a good, influence on me through his wonderful stories.My wife still wonders why I had to drive several hours out of the way to see Tierra Blanca creek.......We have a mutual friend, the one and only Nemo,recently retired from Customs....Come over to the Smith & Wesson forum and say Howdy, lots of old timers over there and we all loved your Dad....Ps I have your book and look forward to your next one......Tony

Bart Skelton
March 3, 2006, 07:02 PM
Thanks Tony. Nemo's probably not happy with me currently as I've ignored his several telephone calls since his retirement. Haven't done it on purpose, though. We miss the ol' Captain.

March 3, 2006, 07:44 PM
Bart give me an email sometime and I will share some Nemo stories with you. We went to the Arkansas LE Academy together back when they were still using cap & ball revolvers. su amigo

March 3, 2006, 09:07 PM
I'm glad to see you on THR.
Your father has also been discussed quite a bit on the Smith & Wesson forum,

I think one of the first gun magazines I bought myself, after reading a neighbors cover to cover, was a Shooting Times with one of your father's articles in it.

March 3, 2006, 11:32 PM

You've never read Skeeter? Well, I haven't read much myself, but what I have has been a complete hoot! Ya gotta read Skeet!

Ya know, I just realized. We got Tom Gresham, Jeff Knox signed on last year sometime, now we got Bart Skelton. The company 'round here just keeps gettin' better. :cool:

March 4, 2006, 01:03 PM
There are two Skeltons whose work I truely enjoy and admire. I just can't decide which is the funnier, Skeeter or Red. :D


March 4, 2006, 02:18 PM
WOW!! Thanks for visiting this little nook in the gun world! I really hope you hang around here because I am a Skelton (both) fan.
Skeeter is a legend that will be truely remembered and missed by some of us old geezers. I still have his book, "Hoglegs, Hipshots & Jalapenos. It is not only good reading but a book I tend to refer back to from time to time.
It looks as if you are following in his footsteps. You are doing a great job so please keep it up.


March 4, 2006, 08:07 PM
Bart, I have often wanted to write a long letter to your dad and explain how he has led me astray. I started reading Shooting Times in 1971 and greatly enjoyed your dad's writing. At that time, I had no money and the only way I could "shoot" a Hi-Power or Smith 27 or 29 was through your dad.

I have worked hard, saved money and have acquired many guns over the years. Many of those were influenced by your dad and his writings. My first pistol was a Hi-Standard Plinker. Then I got a 1911 and then a Security Six. All cause he said so. My first new gun was a nickel 57 cause he had a nickel 29, but he said .41's were good. I now have many Smith revolvers and auto loaders by a number of makers.

I often go back and read those old articles and want to say, Hey Skeeter, I got one of those now, want to see it? You talked me into it.

I am going to have surgery soon and expect to spend my recuperation with those old magazines and your dad. Thanks so much for sharing him. I also enjoy your writing.

Rich K
March 4, 2006, 08:33 PM
Welcome aboard, and add me to the list of Skeeter fans also.My favorites were the Me and Joe stories and also Dobe Grant. Your dad was one of 2 or 3 writers I wish I had corresponded with, the others being Elmer Keith and Col. Charles Askins.

March 4, 2006, 08:48 PM
i'm a bit too young to have been familiar with your father's work, but if your style emulates his i'd be interested to read it as well.

March 4, 2006, 09:00 PM
I've been a Skeeter fan from way back and always enjoyed his stories in Shooting Times. I actually had the honor of shaking his hand and getting his autograph while he was attending a NRA convention here in Seattle. I remember looking up at him and saying "Man! You sure are a lot taller than the pics in the magazines"!..:D .he just stood there and laughed! He was one big guy though! By the way, thanks to Skeeter I got hooked on the 44 special and it's been one of my favorite calibers.
It is an honor to be a member of this fine forum and to have you aboard as well Bart!

March 4, 2006, 09:06 PM
Hi, Bart.

Let me be the umpty-seventh person to welcome you to The High Road! I'm another that enjoys reading your stories. There's a feeling of honesty, integrity, and good humor that comes through on every page. Keep up the good work!

March 5, 2006, 12:31 AM
Extending a very big WELCOME to THR.!
Please don't be a stranger.

March 12, 2006, 10:15 PM
Welcome to THR, Bart. I have at least two of Skeeter's books, and one of yours. Great stuff. Hope you will check back in here from time to time. THR is a great place to hang out!


El Rocoso
March 12, 2006, 11:10 PM
Mr. Skelton--I'll add my meager bit to the thread by saying that your father had a rare combination of real world experience (in some livlier times), knowledge of his subject matter, true wit, and extraordinary writing skills. Years ago, I went through my old Shooting Times, my shooting compadre's collection, and some another amigo brought me, copied Skeeter's stuff and compiled it for my own edification. I also have both hardbacks and "Skeeter Skelton on Handguns". I somehow missed "Handgun Tales". Of course, I have my 5" Mod. 27 with BearHug Skeeter grips. Every time I get interested in a handgun, I go back through my materials to see if Skeeter had anything to say about it. If he didn't, I feel a bit lost. Every shooter should be required to read his wisdom before being allowed to pick up a firearm.

Please understand that I thoroughly enjoy your writing as well and feel we're blessed to have the next Skelton to add to our knowledge and entertainment!

massad ayoob
March 13, 2006, 08:10 AM
Bart, let me offer one more welcome. Great to see you posting here.

Only met you once, back when you were a lad, when I visited your dad in Deming in the late 70s.

I still miss your father, and I'm glad you're carrying on in his footsteps. I enjoy your work. Best of luck for continued success in the future!

March 23, 2006, 06:44 PM
Also a Skeeter Skelton fan, he was a reason I got into law enforcement. I spoke to him one time, by telephone, regarding a pair of 4" round butt Speed Sixes he made up. I asked questions regarding the revolvers, intending to emulate some of what he'd done. Then he asked how I got his telephone number, acting somewhat surprised.

I never got to meet him FTF, but met Sally Jim and Evan Quiros at a SHOT Show, where I purchased her book - a collection of Skeeter's best.

Bart, he'd be proud. He was a terrific writer, as you are.


Rich Grassi

March 24, 2006, 10:43 AM

You're right, it was the ears. I think the bounty was more like 2 cents, though. This was during the Depression.

found all the buried varmint hides.

No, it was the rabbit ears, wasn't it?

There was a .25 bounty on rabbits, but the local govt didn't want to dispose of rabbit carcasses, so they simply bought the ears.

And Skeeter (and friend) found where the ears were buried.

Or are you thinking of a different story?

Man, I miss his stories.

March 24, 2006, 11:28 AM

I never met your father, but I felt I knew him through his writings.

His articles exhibited the sort of down-to-earth common sense which showed he really knew his subject, unlike all too many of today's crop of gun writers . . . and, for that matter, some of your dad's contemporaries.

Welcome to THR.

March 24, 2006, 02:10 PM
Another "welcome" with fond memories of your late father's wit, humor and wisdom as expressed in his stories, especially the "Me and Joe", "Dobe Grant", and "Jug Johnson" yarns.

I learned a great deal from his articles and columns in "Shooting Times" back in the day, and looked forward to reading them. I thought that you must've been the luckiest kid on the planet when I read "An Old Colt for A Young Buck", not to mention the hunting trips to the Shipp Ranch and elsewhere in the company of men like Cols. Quiros and Askins, Bill Jordan, and of course, Skeeter Skelton.

Ala Dan
March 24, 2006, 09:13 PM
Welcome Bart~!:D

Your dad was a great man, among many notable men. Besides the ones
you mention, there was also Major George Nonte and Julian Hatcher. All
of these men came out of their era at the top of their game. Thank GOD
for their souls~!:D

March 24, 2006, 09:35 PM
Your Dad's writing and Bill Jordan's were two big influences in my decision to get into LE. Their writings today are still as pertainant as the day they were written. By the way welcome. I read your stories every month. Isn't it funny no matter where your from how the same type of characters seem to pop up both good and bad. Take care
Jim Music

March 24, 2006, 11:46 PM
Welcome Bart. I met your father once at an NRA meeting. I introduced myself and he was very friendly. I have always enjoyed his writings of any kind.

I was glad to see you start writing as well and enjoy you as well. Keep it coming.

March 25, 2006, 06:19 AM
Thank you Bart. I enjoy your columns.

Welcome to THR!

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