Many of today’s shooting enthusiasts aren’t familiar with one of the greatest gunwriters of all time, Bob Milek. During the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Milek brought a new level of energy and expertise to the shooting community.
Over the course of Milek’s distinguished career, his byline appeared in most sporting periodicals, and he held staff positions at Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times and Petersen’s Hunting. As a writer, Milek was known for his attention to detail, submitting stories requiring little to no editing that always included lavish photo packages. Long before the days of the Internet, he was the first gunwriter (who we know of) to transmit stories via modem, in addition to an accompanying hardcopy package of 8×10 photos, slides and text.
He also authored several “One-Shots,” newsstand special-interest publications such as Complete Guide to Handgun Hunting(1979), Rifles and Cartridges for North American Big Game (1980), Centerfire Revolvers (1981), .22 Rimfire (1982) and Handgun Hunting Across America (1983).
While he was proficient in all firearms disciplines, Milek was best known for his writings on and achievements in the field of handgun hunting. Along with his good friend Steve Herrett, he is credited with developing two cartridges specifically for the Thompson/Center Contender single-shot pistol — the .30 Herrett and .357 Herrett — and the Herrett stock for pistols, which helped manage the recoil of harder-hitting rounds used to hunt bigger game.
Born in Thermopolis, Wyoming, Milek spent most of his life in the Cowboy State. In fact, his writing allowed him to hunt all across North America and in Africa, but it’s believed he still enjoyed hunting in Wyoming most.
Milek died in 1993 at the age of 59 after battling cancer. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their five children.
Meanwhile, check out our archived photos of Milek in the field with captions written in his own words.
- "I’ve found that several of my .41 Magnum loads shoot well in both of my revolvers. The group at the top left was fired at 25 yards with a load developed especially for my S&W Model 57. The same load produced the top right hand group when fired in my Ruger Blackhawk."