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December 29th, 2012

Christmas Cowboy Revealed — Yes, It’s Carl Bernosky

Yesterday we featured a “mystery man” in a old family photo from a 1950s Christmas. We challenged readers to identify the young boy in cowboy hat who later grew up into one of America’s greatest rifle shooters. Most folks thought our mystery celebrity was Texan G. David Tubb. Others, no doubt focusing on the hat, suggested it was benchrest Hall-of-Famer Tony Boyer. And there were votes for Mid Tompkins and trick-shooter Bob Munden (who recently passed away). But most of you guys guessed right — the “littlest cowboy” was, in fact, 10-time National High Power Champion Carl Bernosky.

Carl Bernosky

Carl BernoskyHow Times Have Changed in America
Carl tells us: “I think the photo was from 1959, when I was three years old. That was on Christmas with my family. Since then, I have upgraded the holster, switched from revolvers to pistols, and gave up the pipe!”

Carl misses the ‘good old days': “It’s hard to believe how much has changed in America. Things were really different in the 50s and 60s. It was great for a boy growing up. We spent a lot of time outdoors, and people trusted each other more.” Carl said: “I remember going on a hunting trip with my Dad. We had to fly from Pennsylvania to someplace out west. Somewhere I’ve got a photo showing my Dad and I carrying our guns in soft cases on to the aircraft. We just walked through the airport and carried our guns right on to the plane. You sure don’t want to try that today!”

Carl Bernosky

Now that he’s all grown up, Carl makes a living producing rifles and gunstocks for hunters and competition shooters. Carl’s company, Carl Bernosky Shooting Sports, offers a variety of stocks made from laminates and fancy woods. A highly-skilled woodworker, Carl can customize stock designs for any customer’s unique requirements. Shown below are some of his creations, prone rifles (in fancy wood) on the left, and an F-Open rifle in Rutland Laminate on the right.

Carl Bernosky

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December 28th, 2012

Christmas Past — A Legend in the Making

Waylon Jennings famously crooned: “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys”. Well the young fella in the fuzzy photo didn’t grow up to be a cowboy, but he did become one of the greatest rifle shooters in history. Can you guess who this is?

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- Guess Who Is in the Photo -
(Answer will be revealed in tomorrow’s Daily Bulletin).

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The photo was taken on a Christmas morning, decades ago, when our mystery man was around three years old. He told us: “Starting with toy guns, then BB guns, then 22s, and then centerfires — doing stuff with rifles was just part of my upbringing. This is something I did with my family. That’s my grand-dad in the photo with me.” What happened to the toy six-shooters and fancy double-holster rig? Our mystery subject lamented: “Oh that’s long gone. Wish I still had that rig, it would bring back memories….”

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June 4th, 2010

‘Gun Road Show’ in North Dakota June 12-13

Gun Road Show RIA AuctionA “Gun Road Show” (along the lines of TV’s “Antique Road Show”) will be held at at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora, North Dakota, June 12-13. The event will feature National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Doug Wicklund, who will provide appraisals of historic firearms brought in by visitors. Wicklund will be evaluating firearms from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hall. Organizers have established a one-firearm-per-person limit, and require each participant to have their gun checked at the door.

The Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in downtown Medora, ND, at the gate of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. “The last time I was in Medora, some fantastic guns came in for me to review,” Wicklund said. “I’m looking forward to seeing more pieces of Western history.” Shown below are two classic American arms recently sold at the Rock Island Auction. Perhaps similar valuable classics will be “discovered” at the “Gun Road Show”.

Gun Road Show RIA Auction

Gun Road Show RIA Auction

Saturday evening at 7:00 pm, Wicklund will host a free “Guns of the West” seminar. Wicklund will display famous guns of 19th-century outlaws and lawmen as well as famous Hollywood firearms, including the Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum revolver Clint Eastwood used in the Dirty Harry movie. Many of these arms are normally on display at the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.

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