I have always lived around guns.
My father owned guns, and so did my grandfather.
I learned early in life that guns essentially served two purposes. They were either used for recreational purposes (like hunting and competition), or they were employed for personal protection.
Both my father and my grandfather used their rifles to hunt.
Both my father and my grandfather also kept (and sometimes carried) handguns to protect themselves and members of their families. My grandfather’s favorite handgun was a Colt revolver in .32 Long Colt; my father favored a 5-shot Astra snub-nose revolver in .38 Special.
My brother, my cousins and I were all given air rifles and pistols to shoot while we were growing up.
The first gun my father gave me was a Daisy Model 50—a pump action BB rifle with a smoothbore barrel and a tubular magazine that held 50 golden BB’s. My father made it clear to me that this rifle wasn’t a toy, and that it could do serious damage—a point that was quickly established when we took the gun out and shot down several birds from the trees in our backyard. These were duly served for dinner the same evening—and the point that you never kill for sport was established, at the same time.
I was hooked for life!
I designed my first gun right out of high school, when I was 16 years old. It was a 10-shot, pump-action CO2 rifle.
My father ran his own construction company at the time, and the engineers who worked for him took turns reviewing the plans I had drawn. To a man, they agreed it would work but, since the company wasn’t in the gun business, the gun was never built.
It would be another 14 years before I could build my first gun, using my own money and my own company.
From 1983 to 1996 I actively designed, manufactured, and sold rifles and pistols for a living, in a country whose attitude toward guns mirrored that of the United States. It wasn’t the easiest way to make a living, however, and after 13 years I moved on to different things.
What I came away with from that period in my life was a keen understanding of how and why guns work, and what shooters want.
Today I travel regularly between the country I was born in, and the Australian continent. I maintain my citizenship in both countries, and I legally carry firearms for protection in the former country.
I collect modern firearms, but I choose only those specimens which I believe represent the best of their breed. Like most gun owners, I do sell off guns I don’t like, and guns which don’t suit the purpose for which I acquired them. For example, I abhor guns that don’t work 100% of the time. To me, that is an unforgivable sin, and I will not keep a gun that exhibits unreliable or erratic behavior.
I have personally taught a good number of people how to shoot both rifles and handguns, and I have always tried my best to make sure that they enjoyed the experience. I still do it today on rare occasions, even though my eyes are not what they used to be, and in spite of the fact that I can no longer move as quickly as a 20-year-old.
Being a tinkerer at heart, I still like to take things apart and try to put them together again. Not cars—they have too many parts, and their electronic components are beyond me; not watches—their parts are too small. Guns are just about right for me, and I still do my own gunsmithing, on the guns I personally own.
This site was set up so that my friends and I could share our shooting-related experiences with each other. So I f there’s anything related to personal protection, competition shooting, or hunting that you’re particularly interested in, don’t hesitate to let me know, and we’ll try to develop a feature around the subject.
Ride, shoot, and stay safe, my friends!