American Rifleman - October 2009 - (Page 20)

CORRESPONDENCE READERS WRITE Ruark: An Old Man And A Boy A s a Life member for more than 30 years, I can honestly say that the August 2009 issue is the best one ever. Keep up the great work. I especially liked Harry Selby’s recollections of his last safari with Robert Ruark, “Kwaheri Safari: Part I” (p. 80). This brought back a ood of warm memories, since Mr. Ruark used to correspond with me when I was a scrawny, handicapped 10-year-old kid with a BB gun (Red Ryder? You bet!). I used to write him on lined notebook paper and ask him all sorts of “gun” questions and beg for used brass for my puny little cartridge collection. He’d often send personal replies with a spent .275 Rigby or .375 H&H Mag. case and tell me what he had shot with each one. Those letters and dreams lasted a lifetime, and I eventually went on to hunt big game from coast to coast and, 40 years later, even went on my own safari to South Africa, all while in a wheelchair. It all looked just like he described it, and I’d like to think he was proud that I’d nally made it. JACK GILLRUP, FLORIDA “Public Enemy” Close To Home B ecause we live near Little Bohemia, and are Johnny Depp fans, we had to see “Public Enemies” on the lm’s opening weekend, and we were delighted to read Mark Keefe’s sidebar to Jim Wilson’s “Taking Down ‘A Public Enemy’: Dillinger & Purvis” (August 2009, p. 62). The sound from the Tommy Guns was so realistic, I discovered I was clenching my teeth whenever they really let the lead y on screen! The muzzle ash on screen was also amazingly real. Thanks for the article, and you need to go see the movie. It is disturbing and fantastic, as it should be. I also loved the Browning Automatic Ri e action. KEITH NORMAN, WISCONSIN Best Yet C ongratulations on an outstanding issue! Dillinger and Purvis, double ri es, and an article by Harry Selby himself—it doesn’t get any better than that. After reading Horn of the Hunter some 45 years ago at the age of 15, I wanted to grow up to be Harry Selby. Reading his article after all these years I still want to grow up to be Harry Selby. I can’t wait for the second installment of his article. Keep up the ne work. CHUCK GIBSON, VIRGINIA 20 O CTOBER 2009 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG “Readers Write” affords members an opportunity to comment on material published in American Rifleman. Single-topic letters are preferred and may be edited for brevity. Send letters to: Readers Write, NRA Publications, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030-9400 or e-mail us at http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - October 2009

American Rifleman - October 2009
From The Editor
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Welcome To NRACountry
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Loading Bench
The Mayor vs. The People
Ruger’s SR-556: Ready To Run, Right Out Of The Box
The Colt U.S. M4 Carbine
The Truth About Gun Shows
Lincoln’s Rifles: “They Might Have Stayed To See The Shooting”
What Is A Purpose-Built Shotgun?
The ABCs Of Handgun Marksmanship
Making The Right Turn
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
Trigger The Vote
NRA-ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - October 2009