Has it really been that long? What Uncle Jock is up to now

Monday, February 2, 2015

FZ200 Frear Park 008

Has it really been nearly seven years and over 350 blogs? That can’t be true. It seems like just yesterday I got a phone call from www.airgunsofarizona.com They had seen my writing in one of the magazines – perhaps it was Precision Shooting or The Accurate Rifle – and they wondered if I would like to do a weekly blog for them.

It didn’t take long to say “Yes,” and a wonderful partnership was born. Airguns of Arizona would send me air rifles, air pistols, and various accessories, and I would write about them. The good folks at AoA were remarkably light-handed. Not once – ever – did they ask me to change how I wrote about something. Their attitude was always: “tell the truth,” and that policy, I think, has served everyone well.

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to write about hundreds of air rifles and air pistols. I’ve also written repeatedly about safety – a big thing in my universe. Make no mistake about it: airguns should be handled with all the care and respect you would give a firearm. You owe it do yourself and those around you, at all times and without exception.

Along the way, I’ve also had the opportunity to talk to airgun designers and manufacturers and to interview airgunning champions about how they shoot and train. Exploring the previous years of posts in the blog will uncover a wealth of useful information. For those who are new to airgunning, checkout Airguns 101 — http://198.154.244.69/blog/airguns-101 . It comprises a basic course in the essentials of airgunning. Originally the material there was destined to be included in a book, but last year, faced with a tough winter and little opportunity to shoot, I turned the chapters in the book-to-be into a series of blogs.

And that brings me to a common misconception about the blog. Many people assumed that, because I was writing for Airguns of Arizona, that I am located in Arizona. Nope. I’m in upstate New York, where we have winter. As a write this, there is snow on the ground and the wind is howling. Some years, we had “open” winters which allowed me to keep shooting. Other years, I concentrated on pistols during the snowy months. Last year, it was Airguns 101 that kept the blog going.

The folks at Airguns of Arizona have been absolutely wonderful to deal with: kind, patient, and helpful. I couldn’t ask for better partners in doing a blog. And the readers have been wonderful as well, offering useful comments and asking insightful questions.

Early in 2014, however, I found out that sometime during 2013 or late 2012, I had a heart attack. I didn’t know that I had a heart attack, but it left me with permanent scar tissue on the heart muscle. So I’ve decided to slow down and give up doing a regular weekly blog. I will still show up here from time to time, testing guns and interviewing people. So I won’t be gone from the blog, just not here as often.

In meantime, I am continuing to pursue my passion for combining my Christian faith with photographing the sky. After all, “the Heavens declare the Glory of God.” Here’s a link to my free e-book with the same name: http://198.154.244.69/blog/about-jock-elliott You don’t have to sign up or give your email. You’ll also find a link to my one-and-only YouTube video.

LX100 Pickering Lane Sunset 007

So am I riding off into the sunset? Actually, it’s more like I’m riding off to photograph the sunset. But I’ll be back from time to time, and I wish all of you my very best.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott

10 Comments

  1. Tom says:

    Jock,
    I’ll be looking forward to seeing your occasional posts.
    AoA seems to have the blog under control. You trained them well.
    I know what you mean about a severe winter. We have had heavy frost several times. 🙂 🙂

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Tom,

      Thanks for the kind words. As I write this, we have about 4 inches of “heavy frost” with more to come today.

      Remember, the best way to find out about arctic exploration is to read about it in front of a roaring fire (with pie and coffee if you can manage it}.:-)

  2. RidgeRunner says:

    Jock,
    I thank you for all of the reviews and I also thank you for your ebook and video.

    Mathew 6:24-34

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      RidgeRunner,

      Thanks for the kind words!

  3. Art says:

    Jock, I certainly have enjoyed and learned from all your posts, thank you,
    You live in upstate NY, I also live in upstate near Paul Smiths NY.
    How far apart are we?

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Art,

      Thanks for the kind words. I live near the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.

  4. Bradly says:

    Jock, will miss you and look forward to when you do write the blogs. Good luck with the photos and God Bless!

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Bradly,

      Thank you so much!

  5. Bob Todrick says:

    Hey Jock, just wanted to add my thoughts.
    I’ve been enjoying your posts for the last 5 years, as well as learning lots of tidbits I didn’t know.
    But ya gotta look after your health first and foremost…check back when you can to let us know what’s going on, and keep photographing those skies.
    I too am somewhat of a photographer….after being on the shooting range with my sons, I most like to be driving around, looking for interesting things to point my camera at.
    Good luck and happy trails.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Bob,

      Thanks so much for the kind words and thoughts!

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