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Old 07-14-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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Cool Skeeter Skelton Fans??

I started reading Shooting Times Magazine in the mid-70's. The Handgun Editor for the magazine was an old Texas rancher, sheriff (Deaf Smith County), Border Patrolman and federal DEA agent named Charles A. Skelton. But everybody just called him "Skeeter". He acquired the nickname in high school playing football. He was not large, imposing or super tough. But he was always around the ball, the play, the tackle and was as pesky as a mosquito!! Hence, the name stuck!!

He had a unique style of writing for a gun magazine. He was down to earth and just had a way with words that endeared himself to the reader. He was up there with the best of them for doing an in depth gun review. Accurate, precise, factual, but with Skeeter's own brand of down home humor and South Texas hospitality!! In addition to firearm reviews, he covered rifles, shotguns and handguns. But above all, he was a handgun man!! Beside the traditional firearms reviews, Skelton also wrote articles about western/southwestern history, stories about Me and Joe (Skeeter and his boyhood friend Jody Bishop) growing up during the depression in Texas, his experiences as a young Marine infantryman, at the end of World War II and his adventures in the 1950's buying up old Colt Single Actions below the border, in Mexico. If that wasn't enough to keep your interest, he also, amazingly, wrote fiction columns in a gun magazine. He had a string of highly entertaining fictional characters: Dobe Grant, a grizzled old Texas lawman, Jug Johnson, a west Texas hill country goober that was attracted to guns and wanted Skeeters job and the Man in Black, who carried a beautiful Smith and Wesson New Century Triple-Lock Target Model .44 Special revolver under his black linen duster. Skeeter's Me and Joe stories, his historical stories and his fiction all carried a Shooting Times grant for reprinting. Many western/southwestern teachers found his writings to be just the thing to hold and encourage reading in young boys. Many a young man learned to read by being eager to find out what adventures that Me and Joe got into "this time"!!!

Sadly, Skeeter died way too early, in 1988. His son, Bart, is now the Handgun Editor of Shooting Times. I remember seeing a photo of Bart at age 8 shooting his dad's 6 1/2" Flattop .44 magnum Ruger Blackhawk in one of Skeeter's articles. Bart was a New Mexico Highway Patrolman and followed his dad as a federal agent and then into writing. He is a chip off the old block!!!

Any other die hard fans out there? I still have a soft spot for .44 Special revolvers. Why? Easy!!! Skeeter made me do it!!

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Skeeter----------------------->Jug Johnson----------------->Dobe Grant
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:26 PM   #2
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I was a fan of his for more years then I can remember, his articles were one of the main reasons I subscribed to Shooting Times magazine. I enjoy Barts stories and love rereading the reprints they occasionally run of Skeeters works. Skeeter Skelton, Elmer Keith, Bill Jordan, Bob Milek, George Nonte were my heros, I still have a large collection of shooting times, Guns and Ammo and other magazines from the 60's, 70's and 80's that I've saved.
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Yeah, I always enjoyed his stories.
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Once he was gone I gave up on Shooting Times.

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Cool Still A Skelton Fan!!

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Once he was gone I gave up on Shooting Times.

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I considered giving up also, at the time. I hung in there and got to know Sheriff Jim Wilson. He was another western history man. He was pretty fair hand at a gun review or a short western story, but he was not Skeeter!! Now we have come full circle. Instead of Skeeter's "Hip Shots" column on the back page of Shooting Times, we now have Bart's "The Last Round" column every month. He may never be the equal of his daddy. He may not have his daddy's flair for fiction, but you can sure as hell tell that he is Skeeter and Sally's boy!!
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I guess I'll be reading Bart until I go to meet Skeeter!
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