Tomorrow will be 3 years since we lost our friend Kevin. Or, “Hognose, owner of weaponsman.com. I miss talking with Kevin and I really miss his daily posting at WM. I swear there was days I spent more time reading his website than I spent working here. I’m betting that a lot of you spent more time at weaponsman than you spent working on some days. I recently cleared at a bunch of old emails on my @looserounds email account. A few dozen from Kevin that I had left alone since he died. I re read them and then deleted them. That was a tough thing to do because I am a sentimental fool believe it or not.
Kevin started weaponsman at the same time Howard and I started this website and I found him through a link back to us after I posted the first Colt 901 review. He had some really nice things to say about our then small site. After that I never did stop visiting his site multiple times every day. I know some of you found us through Kevin and from interacting with me in his comment section.
I have tried to give you a little bit of the same experience of reading weaponsman since he was taken from us. I carried on the When guns are outlawed …and “Foom”! Most of you seem to not hate it so that is encouraging. Kevin had the best readers and commenters. That came up in our conversations more than a few times. I’m proud that a lot of you came over here. I told Kevin and Howard many times i wish we had the same caliber of commenters that Kevin did.
Thankfully Kevin’s brother graciously let us take over weaponsman to save it here. It will always be up as long as one of us is alive. I got to admit I don’t have the heart to read much of it anymore. If I do, its to find some technical link.
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see some gun, news or military related thing and wish I could hear or read what Kevin would have to say on the matter. For at least a year as soon as I read or some something in the news I instantly had a reflex response to check weaponsman to see what hilarious take Kevin would have on it.
I did buy one gun from Kevin’s estate to keep. I’m pretty sure I talked about it at the time. I intended to restore it to working order but that’s really not the point.
It’s missing most of the bolt and a few other parts. Maybe I will work on that this year if I can figure out where to get parts for this thing.
I know I’m a day early for this but I probably won’t be posting on the weekend. I been using those to shoot and take pictures and gather material or the site during the week.
I hope to talk about Kevin with you guys more in the comments today and tomorrow though.