Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 357smallbore, Jun 11, 2019.
Sharp as ever. Quite an inspiring fellow.
As a kid age 12, (1970) my brother and I would take out books from the library from the writers being canonized today such as Jack O'Connor and think my goodness he writes at such a basic level. I have many of the books being discussed and yes I read them. They are entertaining and they don't maul the rules of grammar like many today but they are still on the basic side. Except for Nonte. The same goes for outdoor writers discussing fishing.
I have all 19 editions of Handloader's Digest. This publication started in the early 1960s. A lot of the early editions have projects and techniques that are to be honest, quite silly. On the other hand some of the later editions have articles that are so light weight it makes me cringe.
The truth is I think we all like to read magazine articles, yes it is fun and helps p[ass the time but in reality read 12 editions of say BASS magazine and in the end make a list of tips or techniques that you learned that are truly useful. I will bet that list will be quite small.
Today’s writers need to write brief pieces about the cool new polymer pistol that holds 48 rounds and the best new ammo (because the old stuff apparently doesn’t work anymore). The goal today is to sell as many ads as possible in as few words as possible. Publishing is expensive, and circling the drain. Spending time on crafting great writing and writers is way down the list of priorities. It bums us old guys out.
Bar none, the funniest outdoor writer ever! As a kid, I looked forward to getting ahold of my dad's Field and Stream just to read his stuff …
Yep, we'll miss having such a learned gun historian around when he's gone.
Someone mentioned Phil Spangenberger … wonder whatever happened to him? He was the firearms consultant for a number of Western movies, IIRC.
Ed Harris never made me laugh, but he did make me pay attention.
But even the greats, such as Elmer Keith, had to create a positive spin on the firearms under review. If the things were function failure, Elmer wrote that the maker had changes in the pipeline that would improve the product. Publishing and marketing timelines being what they were, he never wrote about what happened after the "improvements" were implemented, and had no idea whether the changes made things better, or worse. You can bet, if the firearm went away, it was a flawed product that no amount of improvements could fix, but the buyers were never informed, unless they informed each other.
I had forgotten about him; he indeed wrote many interesting articles on not only the historical aspect of certain weapons and their accoutrements but also set it in the context of the time period in which they were used. And as always he included a range report of the guns and had outstanding photos of everything to go along with what he was writing about!
I believe he is a moderator here at thr.
I enjoy his contributions to the "tales of the gun" series as well as his articles in g&a.
Totally agree with you, current writers are just a shadow of those men. The exceptions would be Brian Pierce and John Taffin- they are the only reason I buy any magazines anymore. I especially enjoy Brian's articles.
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