WE HONOR OUR FRIENDS THAT WE HAVE LOST- No one goes it alone!
Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® loves accuracy and shooting in general and all the people who love it too. We feel we have a special kinship with all of them. There are so many that have a passion for the same. Over the years we have had many friends in the industry and the hunting and shooting world that have inspired us to continue to strive for perfection in shooting and accuracy. There are so many that have helped us get our start and then helped us expand, become more professional, and kept us on the straight and narrow path to perfection. We do not forget those that helped us in some way with our success and the success of the industry. We humbly honor them here. Please take a moment to read the brief comments on these fine people (not in any specific order of importance). All made a difference in the shooting world and to us at Arizona Ammunition, LLC.®
1. Gale McMillan- McMillan Fiberglass stocks and McBros Rifle Company. Gale was the founder of McMillan Fiberglass stocks. Starting on his kitchen table Gale built the highest quality fiberglass stock available. It was Gale’s idea for Jim and Nancy to start Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® back in 1995. He told Jim that he (Gale) “made better rifles than he could find ammunition for” and he knew that Jim liked to load his own ammunition (which he found strange too and said so!). So he (and son Kelly) gave Jim space in his McMillan Fiberglass Stock warehouse to get started and there was no charge for the use of that space all the time he was there. Gale insisted on top quality products from Jim and was often critical of some of the processes (in a positive way-sort of) and thus was the beginning of Arizona Ammunition, LLC.®.
2. Roger Johnston- NECO- Roger was an innovator, nice guy, and very creative guy. He was very in touch with the industry and was always looking for new or improved ideas to improve the firearms industry. He was a high communicator. Roger single handedly brought bullet coatings to the industry with the introduction of moly coating. He used the highest quality products and methods in all his ideas. He brought Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® into the bullet coating world back in 1997 and we are still doing it today thanks to Roger.
3. Eunice Berger- Berger Bullets-
Eunice (and Walt) were responsible for Arizona Ammunition.LLC.® first large order after starting in business in 1996. She worked with Jim and name dropped Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® to customers that expressed an interest in high quality rifle ammunition. She was always polite, pleasant, and helpful to Jim and his new operations for many years. We remember her great smile and positive approach to all. Jim Spoke at Eunice’s funneral too. A real loss to the industry and as a friend.
4. Paul Hoble- Incredible big game hunter-
Paul was a Phoenix Fire Captain and an avid big game hunter. Paul scouted year around and helped so many other hunters in Arizona be successful in their hunts too. Paul visited the Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® shop frequently and always with a smile and a joke. He had many rifles “tuned” by Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® and gave very valuable feedback to Jim on his use and success of the ammunition. A true sportsman, gentlemen, and friend to so many was Paul Hoble. He is missed everyday by so many hunters and shooters across Arizona!
Taken from Legacy.com
Hobel, Paul Joseph
60, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away July 20, 2012. Paul was a retired Phoenix Firefighter after 35 years, US Marine, Vietnam Veteran and avid outdoorsman. He is survived and will be dearly missed by his family, wife Kelly, sisters Mary Gunnell (Jack), Kathy Krum (Mike), brothers; Mike (Barbara) and Peter, Mark, cousin Jason and 9 nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents John and Helen, brother Tom and nephew Michael C. Celebration of Life Services will be Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11am with visitation prior from 10 to 11 am at Christ’s Church of the Valley, 7007 West Happy Valley Rd, Peoria, AZ. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memory Lawn, 2300 W. Van Buren. In lieu of flowers, Donations can be made to the Phoenix Firefighter’s Cancer Fund, 61 E. Columbus, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Please visitwww.hansenmortuary.com to share condolences with family.
5. Buddy Clifton- 3 Time FCSA World Champion 50 BMG Long Range Shooter.
Buddy was a tireless innovator and true perfectionist. As an engineer at the famous Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in California, Buddy’s mind was always at work or accuracy. He collaborated with Jim nearly every week and sometimes daily on ideas, testing ideas, and pushed the search for the perfect rifle and bullet combinations. Buddy discovered the bullet coating ACCULUBE 10-X and tested it tirelessly and helped Jim introduce it to the shooting world. Buddy is directly responsible for many of the processes, tools, and special equipment that Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® uses today. Jim gave the ullage at Buddy’s funeral.
6. Buzz Huntington-
The Huntington family were the founders of the now famous RCBS. Many years ago they sold RCBS but kept the Huntington Die Specialties business going. Buzz and his brother helped Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® get into the business with such an openness and a friendly attitude that Jim felt immediately accepted in the industry and they provided a great deal of advice and industry updates to help Jim keep going. When every Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® was in a pinch for supplies Buzz would do his best to find them for Jim. When Jim had a technical issue far off the beaten path Buzz would always help! A world of knowledge was lost with Buzz’s passing.
7. Tom Knapp- The Shooting Star-Pictures courtesy of the Tom Knapp site www.Tomknapp.net
Tom Knapp was not involved with Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® in anyway other than having a passion for firearm accuracy and performance like we do. We have admired Mr. Knapp for many years and had an opportunity to meet and talk with him just prior to his passing. You may remember him from the History Channel’s Extreme Marksman series. A shooter, spokesman, performer, family man, incredible shot, and really nice guy…that was Tom Knapp. As all have said in various comments “he will be missed and he never did”. The third picture here is of Mr.Knapp holding a golf ball as he is about to shoot it out of the air with a 22 rimfire and he is throwing the golf ball himself! Amazing! The fourth picture is Jim and Mr. Knapp together, two guys who love accuracy.
Taken from The StarTribune Obituaries-
Tom Knapp, one of the world’s greatest exhibition shooters who for years amazed audiences at Game Fair in Anoka County, has died.
Knapp, 62, of Elk River, died Friday of pulmonary fibrosis at St. Marys Hospital at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Among his trick-shooting exploits: He threw and individually shot 10 clay targets with his shotgun. He appeared on numerous TV shows and hosted “Benelli’s American Birdhunter’’ TV show for eight years.
“He was terrific shot, a great promoter and a nice human being,’’ said Chuck Delaney, Game Fair owner, who knew Knapp for decades.
Knapp traveled the United States and world giving trick-shooting exhibitions for Winchester Olin, Benelli USA, Federal Cartridge and CZ-USA until his health issues forced him to retire in February. He had worked for what was then Hennepin County Parks for 25 years before becoming a sponsored exhibition shooter.
“He touched so many people,’’ said his wife, Colleen. “I have been fielding texts, e-mails and phone calls from all over the United States, and from good friends overseas.’’
He enjoyed his life as an exhibition shooter, his wife said. “He totally loved it,’’ she said. His health issues first surfaced about three years ago, she said.
Knapp grew up in Maple Plaine and Milaca. He and his wife celebrated their 14th anniversary in April. Besides his wife, he is survived by a brother, John, of Montana, two stepchildren and four grandchildren. “His pride and joy were his four grandchildren,’’ Colleen Knapp said.
There will be no funeral services, per his wishes, she said. Family and friends will gather 1 p.m. May 11 at the Del Tone/Luth Gun Club in St. Cloud to celebrate his life. The family prefers memorials to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org).
8. Arthur J. Pejsa-Small Arms Ballistics Expert–
Mr. Pejsa had no connection with Arizona Ammunition, LLC.® directly but he had a great influence over what we did, what we do, and what we continue to do in understand the flight of a bullet. We study his book on a regular basis and he is in many of our discussions on ballistics. The firearms industry and long range shooting or shooting in general has greatly benefited from his interest in firearms ballistics. As with so many others he will be missed.
This article was taken from StarTribune Obituaries–
Arthur J. Pejsa