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G&A Retrospective: Honoring Legendary Gunwriter Bob Milek

by G&A Staff   |  August 25th, 2014 5

Bob_Milek_FMany 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.

Subscribe or grab a copy of the October 2014 issue of Guns & Ammo to read a detailed personal account of Bob Milek.

Subscribe or grab a copy of the October 2014 issue of Guns & Ammo to read a detailed personal account of Bob Milek.

Milek died in 1993 at the age of 59 after battling cancer. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their five children.

Subscribe or grab a copy of the October 2014 issue of Guns & Ammo to read “The Wyoming Cowboy: Remembering Bob Milek,” a detailed personal account by fellow writer Craig Boddington.

Meanwhile, check out our archived photos of Milek in the field with captions written in his own words.

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  • Malcolm

    For those of us that grew-up reading Bob’s articles, know just how much he is missed. I learned a lot from his stories.

  • Greg

    Great article Craig! I still have a stack of early G&A and Petersen’s Hunting mags with Bob’s writing that I will always treasure…I admit at age 16 I talked my mother into buying me a Contender so I could hunt chucks like my idol. Thank you John, Bob and Dave for all the knowledge and adventures- I miss you guys!

    • Tim

      It maybe time for a special pubication that features the articles of John & Bob. Many of us Babyboomers would be happy to have a copy on the coffee table.

  • Bonedigger

    Great to see you using the archival photos! Keep it up!

  • Zipp

    I followed Bob Milek also and gained a lot of knowledge and inspiration from his teachings. I saved most of the articles I had of his and I always looked upon him as one of an elite group that there are no replacements for.

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