The ‘Skeeter Skelton’ .44 Special Custom Revolver
By Ben Philippi
This Ruger revolver made as a tribute to the late great gun writer Charles “Skeeter” Skelton has a special place in Boge Quinn’s heart. “This six gun means more to me than any gun that I own,” he said.
Quinn explained that Skelton was his favorite writer growing up. “He was a gun writer but he was much more than that. He wrote about life and he wrote about friendship and relationships and he wrote with a lot of humor and a lot of historical accuracy,” he said. “I just can’t overstate the impact that Skeeter Skelton had on me and a lot of people in my generation.”
The old model Ruger Blackhawk was equipped with all the characteristics Skelton desired in a revolver. Particularly, the gun was converted from .357 to .44 Special, a cartridge Skelton had popularized.
Bill Grover, of Texas Longhorn Arms, wanted to produce the gun as a tribute to Skelton while Skelton was still alive, but Skelton died before he completed the job. So, the gun ended up going to Skelton’s son, Bart. In all, Grover made seven Skeeter models.
Quinn acquired serial number six in 2009 as a gift from his friend, Terry Murbach, who later passed. “It’s one