Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: State of Jefferson
Gun Runner has passed.
On May 5th Gun Runner (aka John) called to say that his doctor just told him he was free from cancer. Last year he was told by doctors that he would not make it beyond mid December.
John has kept me in cast bullets for years and, in turn, I bought lead or found it for both of us. I called his home this morning and his wife answered and gave me the news. They were headed for DMV for him to get a driverís license. He gave his up at the time the cancer doctor predicted he would not make it beyond December 2016. His wife pulled him out of the vehicle and started CPR. Two off duty police officers, an off duty ambulance person, a nurse, and a doctor stopped to assist. John was transported to a Level I care center by helicopter where he passed away.
For years John and I have normally met on Saturday for breakfast on weeks that we did not go to the range. Last week he got an old Springfield 1903 that he had restocked and scoped to shooting nice groups with a Sierra 165-grain bullet pushed by IMR4064. He mentioned afterwards his chest was sore from the recoil.
Gun Runner was a lifelong shooter and, at the range, he was always the first to help new shooters. And it seemed he always had a trade going for components. He could hear a case hit the ground from forty yards away.
John made a number of trades on Graybeardís and found sources for bullet lube, and developed friends along the way. He went into the Navy out of high school, and retired from the Navy. He served on a Mine Sweeper during the Vietnam War.
Gun Runner was prepared for the day he had a heart attack. He told he always carried nitro in a container in his pocket, and had put his childrenís phone number in my cellphone. He had a history of heart attacks.
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