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GUNS Magazine October 2011 Digital Edition - Page 98
T history, which can be seen in his paintings and drawings of the men that built the West, mountain men, trappers, buffalo he first article I ever wrote was on the .44 hunters, cowboys, cavalry soldiers, Magnum; it was published in 1967 . Since that pioneers, as well as time, there have been over 2,000 articles and five well as the American books, so in the past 44 years I have come very Indians. In addition to close to shooting every handgun (especially every his love of the Old West, .44 sixgun ever offered from the original S&W .44 he has also shown a long time fascination for old american, through the other Smiths, Colts, rugers, trains and airplanes. etc.), plus a lot of custom .44 sixguns, not to Many of his paintings mention all the other chamberings. you might think depict hunting scenes with having such experience, I would rate being able such as the buffalo to shoot all these great handguns as the best part of hunter with his Sharps, a cowboy matching being a gunwriter. I don’t. actually, for quite a while, I Old West artist Bob Auth led two lives — from 1965 to 1995 I was also a public painted and assembled his his levergun against a mountain lion, or a own versions of the famous school teacher. In both careers, the number one cavalry soldier making bullet boards put out by factor which stood out was not things, but people; his last stand. Ever since ammunition makers in the all the wonderful people I have met, including I can remember, Bob has late 1800s. made the advertising hundreds upon hundreds of great teenagers. posters for our local When I began writing, it was very and did not survive the life Ee-Da-How Gun Show, frustrating trying to take decent flight home. His passing held twice a year. These photographs. Everything was black left a big hole. advertisements always and white in those days, and my Jim is high on my list of featured drawings in a pictures were mostly hit-and-miss. great folks I have known. humorous vein of either I did a freelance article for editor It is also because of him Western character or Jan Libourel and he pointed out the that I met Robert Auth. airplane pilot. problem was not me but the processor. Bob Auth, as he is better A unique part of The only answer was to develop my known, was the district firearms history can own pictures; that’s where my dear art supervisor and another be found in the old friend and fellow teacher Jim Stoehr man of tremendous artistic cartridge boards put out entered the picture. talent who chose to stay in by such companies as Jim had the room across from me Idaho for the same reason Winchester, Remington, for over 20 years and taught me how as Jim. We all lived in the and Union Metallic to process my own pictures. Even same valley, yet could Cartridges. Long before more importantly, he was a great, virtually be in the middle there was electronic or upbeat guy to be around. Jim was of nowhere on the backside of a magazine advertising, the ammunition extremely talented as an artist and mountain by going one direction, or companies put out beautifully detailed probably would have become very in the middle of a sagebrush desert cartridge boards with a painting in well known, had he chosen to live heading the other way. Such a rural the center and individual examples in a larger market. Instead he chose lifestyle does not carry a price tag. of their cartridges attached. These to stay in Idaho and enjoy the easily Bob Auth is a veteran of WWII. were displayed in outdoor sporting accessible great outdoors. Jim was in He entered the Navy in 1944, long- goods stores throughout the country. his early 50s when he took a fishing time artist, teacher, calligrapher, When the ammunition companies trip to Alaska. He didn’t feel well historian and Old West collector. His when he left, contracted pneumonia, art is highly influenced by his love of continued on page 97 a unique american artist. ROBERT AUTh 98 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • OCTOBER 2011