Faces lost among the gun community in 2018
By Chris Eger
Among those no longer with us moving into 2019 are (top, L-R) Burt Reynolds, Victor Kalashnikov, Jason Hairston; (middle) Harry Selby, R. Lee Eremey, Michael Voight; (bottom) Burt Avedon, Ernie Vande Zandt, and William Ruger, Jr.
From champion competitive shooters and legendary hunters to Second Amendment advocates and film stars, the world of gun culture world lost several faces in 2018.
Burt S. Avedon — Volunteering with the famed Flying Tigers and later serving in both WWII and Korea as a Navy fighter pilot– earning the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and two Distinguished Flying Crosses– Avedon went on to become a professional hunter and head expedition gear company Willis & Geiger Outfitters for years before founding today’s Avedon & Colby outfitters, which specializes in field clothes. Avedon died in March at age 94 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Richard J. “Dick” Casull — Creator of the hard-hitting .454 Casull cartridge that bears his name, Dick Casull loved wheelguns of all kinds, going on to design one of the first viable mini-revolvers and lead Wyoming-based Freedom Arms, who produced the latter in the 1970s and 80s. Casull died in May and is buried in Freedom, Wyoming.
Charles Davis — Kentucky-native Davis served in