Jeff Quinn

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Jeff is a full-grown child who lives in the woods next to a national wildlife refuge in Tennessee. He has always loved guns and shooting, and  really enjoys writing about the things he loves. Born in 1959, Jeff is a Patron Member of the NRA, a Shootist, a conservative, and a Baptist. You may not agree with his opinions on guns, politics, or life in general, but he will still give them freely to all who will listen!

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Boge Quinn

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Boge is a professional artist, architectural draftsman, and web designer. An NRA Endowment Member, a Shootist and an avid handgunner, Boge was born in 1961. A regionally well-known musician (guitar, mandolin and banjo), Boge puts his musical abilities to use by playing in local Blue Grass bands, performing Gospel and Western music as a solo act, and serving as Song Leader at the same church where Jeff serves as Deacon, and where their late Dad served a forty-year career as Pastor.

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Greg Quinn

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Greg has been a high-technology business consultant specializing in start-up technology businesses since 1985, and is CEO of Quinn Consulting, Inc, a leading international technology consulting organization. Born in 1957 and an NRA Life Member, Greg functions as VP of Business Development for, and directs all business activity for our company.  Greg is active in local and national political circles, and is an ordained Baptist Minister.

Greg serves on the Board of Directors of several technology organizations, and is CEO & President of CoreTech International, Inc. a leading green-technology construction products organization. He is honored to have been appointed as 2003 Honorary Chairman representing the state of Tennessee in the Business Advisory Council of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Greg has been honored as Businessman of the Year for years 2004 and 2005 from the NRCC, and in late 2005, was awarded their highest honor, the Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal.  Greg was inducted into the Platinum Round Table for 2006 for his work in tax reform to help small businessmen everywhere, and was honored by the NRCC's Business Advisory Council as a 2006 Republican of the Year from Tennessee.

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Contributing Writers

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William Bell

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Born in 1954, William Bell, a.k.a. La Vista Bill (SASS #11869), has been writing about guns since 1983.  He is a veteran of almost 29 years in law enforcement and presently works for the Bureau of Customs & Border Protection, Dept. of Homeland Security.  A firearms instructor for some 15 years, Bill has also written articles for Combat Handguns, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, Guns of the Old West, Glock Auto Pistols, Police, The Backup (CD-ROM magazine), Wild West, and Police Marksman.

Bill has been honored by membership in the Shootists and the Western Writers of America.  He is an NRA Life Member and a member of the Masonic Lodge, plus an avid reader, book collector and student of the Old West.  He also does a passable job singing A Boy Named Sue when accompanied by Boge on the guitar.  We are proud to welcome Bill as a contributing writer here at!.

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R. K. Campbell

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We are proud to welcome R. K. Campbell to the family.

An established and well-respected outdoors writer, Bob writes for Shotgun News, Handguns, SWAT Magazine, American Gunsmith, Knifeworld, Police,  Women and Guns, and GunWeek, among others. He is Contributing Editor of Women and Guns and Executive Editor of Boar Hunter. Bob has also published occasionally in Tactical Knives, American Handgunner and Guns, and he is a regular at Krause Publications' Gun Digest and Handguns. He also wrote a significant portion of the 4th and 5th Editions of Assault Weapons.

Bob has also authored three books: Holsters For Combat and Concealed Carry (Paladin Press), The 1911 Semi Auto (Stoeger Publishing), and The Handgun In Personal Defense (The Second Amendment Foundation).

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Mike Cumpston

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Born in 1947, Mike is a native of central Texas. He is a member of the National Rifle Association, the Texas State Rifle Association, and a certified Texas Concealed Handgun Licensing Instructor.

Mike is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in American Handgunner, Guns Magazine, the TSRA Sportsman, and Front Sight. In addition, he has contributed articles to such high quality Internet publications as The Centurion (Miles Fortis) and

We are proud to welcome our long-time friend Mike Cumpston to!

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Glen Fryxell

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Glen has been fascinated with guns and hunting his entire life, and started hunting early, primarily with a bow and arrow during his teen years, and more recently with handguns. He is a chemist by training, and professionally his interests have centered around environmental chemistry, nanostructured materials, molecular self-assembly and biomimetic processes. On the personal side, he is a hunter, shooter, reloader, and guitar player of marginal repute. He has been casting bullets and reloading ammunition since the 1980s, and has hunted primarily with handguns over the last 15 years, over much of the western US. His fascination with the use and performance of cast bullets in the hunting fields, in conjunction with his technical background in materials science and chemistry, led him to study the fascinating field of metallurgy in his spare time in an effort to more deeply understand bullet performance in the hunting fields.

Please join us in welcoming Glen to!

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Bill Hamm

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Bill was born in 1945 and grew up in rural Alabama. As with many Southern boys, he learned to handle guns, shoot, and hunt at a very early age. His interest and love for guns has always remained steadfast. Bill traded $10 and a good bicycle for his first, very own, handgun when he about 14 years old. That gun happened to be a Ruger Single-six Flatgate .22 and he has had a thing for Rugers ever since. 

While he has owned many different makes and models of guns over the years, Bill began to really focus on collecting Ruger single action revolvers in the early 1980s. He was honored by the Ruger Collectors Association (RCA) in 1995 when he was asked to represent them with his collection of Ruger .44 Magnum Flattops and Super Blackhawks at the NRA Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ.

 Bill is a Field Representative for RCA, Life Member of the NRA, a member of various gun collectors associations...and our friend.

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Jesse L. "Wolf" Hardin

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A fine writer, a wonderful illustrator, photographer, poet, musician, historian, hunter, outdoorsman...Jess is a man who wears many hats, and wears each with aplomb. A Renaissance man in the truest sense of the word, Jess is nevertheless a plain-spoken and down-to-Earth guy. He has written four published books, along with hundreds of articles in publications as diverse as Shoot! Magazine, Guns, Gun Digest, International Militaria Collector, Gray's Journal, Wilderness Way, and Mother Earth News. He lives in a remote area of the mountainous Southwest, where he can live the life of a true Mountain Man. He looks the part; he walks the walk; and he has the ability as a writer, storyteller and illustrator to take us on his adventures with him, and to truly make history "come alive".

Please join us in welcoming Jess Hardin to!

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Frank "Paco" Kelly

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Paco was born in New York during the 1930s.  He went into the military in the mid-1950s and was transferred to Africa in 1957.  He trained military units in small arms - a service the US was providing for some African countries during that time.  Over a two-year period in Africa while providing training, Paco was also able to hunt and do ballistic testing.

He did two short tours in Southeast Asia and then was discharged.  He entered the New York School of Technology and graduated in 1965.  He entered Federal service with the Dept. of Treasury in 1966 as criminal investigator. In 1968 he was transferred to Virginia.  In two years he made so many criminal cases on Federal drug violations that the Governor of Virginia appointed him Director of the then-new Virginia Division of Drug Abuse Control in 1970. He was the youngest State Commissioner appointed in Virginia and the first New Yorker to hold the rank. During his 5 years of service, the drug abuse statistics for the State of Virginia fell from 3rd place in 1970 to 47th in 1975.

Paco returned to Federal Service in 1975 and worked for the Dept. of Justice until he retired in 1984. He now lives in Tucson with his wife Barbara.

In the 1990's Paco began studying for the Ministry and today is Associate Pastor of a Church in Tucson.

He is also a past President of The Shootists, a gathering of writers, firearms manufacturers and enthusiasts from across the country.  Their annual meeting, called "The Shootists Holiday" is a week-long affair that brings some of the top "gun" talent in the country together.

A prolific writer, Paco has written thousands of articles and several books over the years.  For a number of years he was Technical Editor of The Fouling Shot, the publication of the The Cast Bullet Association.  He was a Field Editor for The Sixgunner, the publication of J.D. Jones and Handgun Hunters International.  A book that he wrote in the 1980's - LEVERGUNS, AN AMERICAN HERITAGE (now long out of print) is sought after by collectors and shooters.

Paco has invented a number of tools for reloaders/experimenters over the year and is currently producing tools to increase the accuracy and efficiency of the .22 Rimfire.

Paco continues writing. His articles can be found on the Internet on Gunblast.ComSixgunner.Com and his own web site, Leverguns.Com.

We are honored to have the legendary Paco Kelly as a member of the team.

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Charles "Butch" Kent

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The photo of Butch Kent shows him in action&or reaction, as he fires some of Jeff's handloads in a Ruger No 1 in 45-70.   Butch loves almost all shooting sports but most of all, he loves the challenge of working with a fine firearm and getting the most out of it with home brewed ammo. He has been reloading since 1968 when he acquired his first centerfire rifle. Since then, Butch's handloads have kept him shooting his collection of rifles and handguns. Whether its on paper or in the field after game of any size, he has perfected a load that ensures the best accuracy and performance of the firearm in use.

His recent retirement from a career in the nuclear power industry provides more leisure time and new opportunities for hunting and shooting adventures. Now that he has joined the Gunblast staff of contributors, hell be sharing some of his pet loads and experiences at the range and in the woods.

Please join us in welcoming Butch Kent to the team!

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Terry Murbach

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Our dear friend Terry Murbach passed away December 22nd, 2018. His friendship will be deeply missed.

We were proud to have Terry Murbach to our staff at A handgunner since 1951 and an Endowment Member of the NRA, Terry was one of our closest friends and brother Shootists: Terry had been a Shootist since 1990, and was honored as the 2010 Shootist of the Year. 

Terry was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Miss Healey's 4th-grade class of 1954, Church Street School, Bowling Green, Ohio. In 1955 he borrowed Elmer Keith's then-new, seminal "Sixguns by Keith" from the school library, and kept it the entire school year. It was FAR more interesting than Miss Anderson's 5th-grade class; he says she didn't like him much anyway, probably because he knew far more about sixguns than she did!

In his former career as one of our country's most respected gun writers (he was on staff at "Handgunning" and "Peterson's Handguns" magazines) and as a ballistician for two different ammunition manufacturers, Terry established himself as one of the foremost authorities on handguns and metallic cartridge loading; at last count, he loaded for 135 different cartridges. Terry was not the least bit dogmatic about cartridges, as they all have their place in the scheme of things: each does what it can do, and no more.

We were gratified that Terry agreed to emerge from his retirement to pen a few articles for us. He was a hard man to get to know; a complicated (some would mistakenly say misanthropic) genius; and a sweet, generous, loyal, and loving friend. His passing leaves a void in my heart that will never be filled, until I see him again someday.

- Boge Quinn

Joe Riekers

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Josef Riekers (Joe) has been professionally involved in the shooting community for nearly 20 years.  His business has evolved from field trial dog training, shotgun importing and serving as an apprentice gun maker to his current booking and outfitting agency run by his wife.

Joe has published books and articles on shotgunning and bird hunting and hosted the former GunDogsUnlimited TV show.  He is currently the Shooting Editor for Covey Rise Magazine.

A worldwide hunter, Joe has qualified for the Gold level in Safari Clubs Introduced Trophies to North America.  After collecting over 400 big game animals, Joe now enjoys introducing new shooters and hunters to the sport and providing opportunities for hunters to pursue their dreams.  He also participates in and supports the Hunters for the Hungry Program.

Joe has a Masters Degree in Criminology with a minor in English and Literature.  Full time, he is a Special Agent with a Federal law enforcement agency, and will celebrate his 20th year in law enforcement in 2008.

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Jim Taylor

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A true "renaissance man", Jim is equally at home on his ranch, at the range (you should see him shoot a match holding his revolvers upside-down "just to make it fair"), or behind the Pulpit.

A Pastor for over thirty years, Jim has permanently relocated to Africa, dedicating his life to mission work there.

Jim has been Contributing Editor for The New Gun Week, and Chairman of The Shootists. In 2005, Jim was honored as the Shootist of the Decade, joining the legendary John Taffin as the only recipients of the award.

We welcome Jim's vast knowledge and expertise as a member of the team.

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Leroy Thompson

Leroy Thompson has been writing military, law enforcement, security, firearms, and knife articles for more than 30 years.  He has had more than 1500 articles published and 37 books.  He specializes in tactical articles and tactical weapons.  But since Jeff Quinn is his hero, he wanted to do some writing for!

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Andy Tuttle

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Andy is a school psychologist by day who works with special education children but his passion is for exploring, camping and shooting. His shooting experience began approximately 9 years ago with his best friend and a Lee Enfield rifle in 303 British. This set in motion a chain of events that eventually led him to Mic McPherson, who built two custom rifles for Andy. In gratitude and friendship, Andy helped Mr. McPherson set-up the Peggy McPherson Benefit Account when she became deathly ill. Through Mr. McPherson, Andy was eventually introduced to other Shootists. Meanwhile, Andy was writing travel essays with photos of his camping trips, and eventually firearm-related articles on Paco Kelly's Andy eventually found another friend and sponsor to get him into the 2008 SHOT Show where he met the Quinn brothers, Jeff and Boge. Andy is perhaps best known for his promotion of the Friends of Billy Dixon Ultra Long Range Shooting Facility in Hotchkiss, CO where he continues to seek the limits of how far he can shoot his 71/84 Mauser, named “Old 3120”.

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Matthew Wellington

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Born in 1972, Matt is the whippersnapper of the group.  Introduced to shooting by that great institution, the Boy Scouts of America, firearms have been a big part of Matts adolescence and adulthood.  He has spent the last nine years in law enforcement, four-and-a-half as a deputy sheriff for the Prince William County Sheriffs Office, and just over five with the federal government at the Department of Homeland Security.  He also works part time at Virginia Arms Company, a gun shop in Manassas, Virginia, specializing in handguns and firearms history.  For the past seven years, he has donated his time teaching Basic Pistol and Personal Protection as an NRA-certified instructor through the Piedmont NRA Instructors Group, also located in Northern Virginia.  Still in the up-and-coming stage of his writing career, he has nevertheless written articles for GUNS and American Handgunner magazines.  When his schedule permits, Matt also enjoys shooting in IPSC and IDPA competition to keep the old wheels greased.

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Erik Johnson

Eric is a police officer in Southwestern Virginia and a former US Marine engineer.  He enjoys small game hunting, shooting military rifles, and cheering on his beloved Virginia Tech Hokies to sometime victory.

As a lifelong history buff, Erik has a special interest in military rifles and pistols.  He considers his collection of military rifles to be small pieces of living history.  The functionality of military rifles has appealed to him since his time in the Marine Corps, and he particularly admires the practical design of older service rifles.  He admits that his M-1 Garand is his favorite rifle and has traced its serial number back to World War II. 

In his spare time Erik shoots competitively at local IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) matches and spends time at home with his wife playing with their two dogs.


















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