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Good Friends, Good Guns, Good Whiskey: Selected Works of Skeeter Skelton Hardcover – July, 1988


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Shooting Times / PJS Publications; First Edition edition (July 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962114804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962114809
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By laurence e. baker on October 19, 2000
Skeeter Skelton was a Marine, Amarillo, Texas, police officer, U. S. Border Patrolman, Sheriff of Deaf Smith County, Texas, U.S. Customs investigator, U.S. DEA officer, and most of all, a prolific writer of firearms related stories. His writing's during his lifetime, were not just about firearms, a sometimes dry subject, when presented in technical terms alone, but included the more interesting "person" factor which set him apart from other writers. Drawing upon his backgound in Law Enforcement he was able to inform, entertain, and educate his readers in a style which was serious, humerous, and personable. Skeeters' fiction stories are included in this book as well as non-fiction material on real life characters from the Old West. If you are interested in people, firearms, and like to be entertained as well as informed, then read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ol'Bubba on March 6, 2013
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If you are a fan of Skeeter, bite the bullet and buy a copy while you still can. The one I bought, although used, was in great shape. Stories are just the right length to read one or three when you have a few minutes, and they never get old. They really go great with a glass of good whiskey. I really wish that his books would be reprinted and offered as a set. Until then, I'll keep searching out good used ones for my good friends.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Windes on September 2, 2012
There were many excellent gun writers in the last century, but Skeeter Skelton was head and shoulders above them all. Chiefly known for his work as handgun editor of the magazine, "Shooting Times," this book is a compilation of some of the best work he did for the magazine from the mid-1960's until his death in the late 1980's. Skeeter had wide experience as a Marine, law enforcement officer, and finally, as a universally recognized expert on handguns. His writings transcended the work of most gun writers in that he was not only able to effectively write about technical issues, but he also had a knack for making his work exceedingly entertaining. In fact, he frequently wrote works of fiction which weaved in firearms history, such as his "Me 'n Joe" series, which was based upon his own youth.

A generation of firearms enthusiasts were strongly influenced by Skeeter's writing, and old calibers such as the .44 Special and .32-20 remain popular largely due to his work. Likewise, Skeeter had strong feelings for the old Smith and Wesson Models 24 and 27 revolvers, as well as the long-gone Colt New Service revolver, and much of the present day interest in these handguns comes from people who grew up reading his articles.

Skeeter died much too young, and this book as well as its follow up, "Hoglegs, Hipshots and Jalipanos," was published shortly after he died as a way to make a large collection of his best work over the years widely available. Sadly, there have been no follow up printings, and these books are becoming rather rare and expensive. Whether you are a long time Skeeter fan, or someone who has discovered him recently, you should definitely buy a copy should one become available to you. Short of trying to piece together a collection of 20 years of Shooting Times magazine, this is you best opportunity to read some of Skeeter's finest work.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Pittman on January 30, 2012
This is a great book by the late, great Charles A. "Skeeter" Skelton. A collection of gritty, funny, wonderful sorta-modern old west lawman stories. Good luck finding an affordable copy, but it's worth the hunt. You probably need to be a gunny to fully appreciate this one.
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