About Jock Elliott

Located in upstate New York, I never met a projectile launcher I didn't like. Besides fooling around with airguns, bows, and blowguns, I pick banjo and guitar. I share my life with my wife, son, and a variety of furry creatures.

Posts by Jock Elliott

HW30 Elliott Edition

HW30 Elliott Edition

LX100 EE card 015-001

It all started innocently enough. Greg Glover of www.airgunsofarizona.com sent me an email announcing the availability of a new model of Weihrauch HW30 with a laminated stock. I took a look it and thought: “Wow, that’s pretty neat!”

But then I had a thought and sent Greg an email:

You know what would be an absolutely fabulous HW30 model? How about the stainless action in the laminate stock? Maybe it could be the Jock Elliott autograph model . . .

Greg replied:


A good idea should never be ignored.

I have placed an order for 20x HW30 laminate .177 in stainless finish. Weihrauch will not do special markings on small batches, so we will get creative. We will be installing a rear peep sight on each of these and package each with a small hard sided case. If I know you, this setup is the most ideal by your standards! I need you to write up a signature card paragraph endorsing the rifle in some fashion, and then I will make it into a professional printed card for you to hand sign and return for insertion with each as 1 of 20. These will be marketed as Elliott Editions, and I will send you one to write a blog. We will then time the release with that blog. Sound like a good plan?

Following this, we will make a standard version available without the add ons.

To which I replied simply: Perfect!

And that brings us to where we are now.

The HW30 Elliott Edition just arrived at my door. Like a kid at Christmas, I couldn’t wait to unzip the long slim package to view it firsthand.

LX100 HW30 Elliott Edition 003

We’ll get to my impression of the HW30 EE in just as little bit, but first, let’s back up a couple of steps: Why the HW30?

That part is easy. The HW30 is one of my favorite air rifles of all time. It’s small, light, easy to cock and wickedly accurate. When I first began writing about airguns, I had a conversation with a famous airgun tuner. I suggested that he build me a particular spring-piston air rifle with skeletonized stock. “Why would you want to do that?” he asked.

When I told him I thought it would look neat, he patiently explained that reducing the weight of the air rifle (by cutting away all unnecessary wood in the stock) would make it harder to shoot accurately. The closer you got to one pound of rifle weight for each foot-pound of energy at the muzzle in a spring-piston air rifle, the easier it was to shoot well. That’s why the Beeman R7/Weihrauch HW30 is such a tackdriver – just about six pounds of weight and six foot-pounds of energy, he explained.

LX100 HW30 Elliott Edition 004

I would later test this theory in several different air rifles and prove its veracity. The final straw came one afternoon when my brother-in-law was dropping more targets with his HW30 that I was with my more powerful, more expensive air rifle. “My rifle is just easier to shoot well,” he said. We switched guns, and I promptly outshot him. That was when we hatched The Great Plan. When we went to the next field target match, we would each shoot HW30s. “We miss the long-range stuff anyway,” was the thought, “but with the HW30, we can be sure of knocking down the short to medium range targets.”

And it worked! We didn’t win, but we did pretty decently in our classes. Great minds must work the same, because around that time there was a small group of field target enthusiasts who were voluntarily choosing low-power air rifles, doing well, and most importantly, having fun. We were never formally organized in any way, but collectively, we referred to ourselves as Team WIMP. WIMP is an acronym, standing for Weapons of Intentionally Modest Power.

LX100 HW30 Elliott Edition 007-001

There are a couple of additional factors that contribute to the configuration of the HW30 Elliott Edition. The first is the stainless finish receiver. I chose this because one day I was shooting at a friend’s house with a well-known German air rifle when it began to mist lightly. I didn’t have any gun cloths with me, so I stuck the rifle in its hardshell case and brought it home. The next day, I pulled it out and found out that some of the surfaces on the receiver had already acquired a very light patina of rust. A few minutes work with a silicon-impregnated gun cloth cured the problem, but I was outraged: “You would think that an airgun designed for use outside, where it might occasionally rain, would be finished in such a way as to resist moisture!” So I chose the stainless finish for moisture resistance.

LX100 HW30 Elliott Edition 009

The second is the laminated stock. Because of the way laminate is constructed, I believe that will confer additional moisture resistance on the HW30EE, but the real reason I chose the laminate was because it is about .5 pounds heavier that the conventional wooden stock. Back in my Team WIMP days, when I was campaigning the HW30 (it was actually a Beeman R7, but the models are virtually identical), I often wished that the rifle were just a bit heavier. I actually contacted a custom stock maker to have him build me a laminated stock for the HW30, but he believed what I really needed was a lighter walnut stock. Bottom line: the project didn’t work out.

LX100 HW30 Elliott Edition 011-001

So now we have the Elliott Edition, a weather-resistant, slightly heavier version of the HW30, tricked out with a peep sight and a hard case. It’s light enough to carry all day and powerful and accurate enough to defend the garden at short range or the bird feeder or even to campaign in field target. I doubt that you will achieve top score, but I virtually guarantee that you will have fun.

So what are my impressions of the HW30 EE?

First, it’s absolutely gorgeous. If you look closely at the photos here, you’ll notice a couple of things: the buttstock has a modest cheek piece of either side, which is good news for left-handed shooters, and the full length fore end extends to cover the cocking linkage, which give the HW30 EE a more finished appearance. A couple of other items worthy of note: the front globe sight comes with interchangeable inserts, and the rear peep sight has clicker knobs for adjusting windage and elevation.

Even better, when I shot the sample that Airguns of Arizona send to me, I found that the half pound of extra weight seems to dampen out any twang or vibration when the shot goes off.  There is a muted pop, and that’s it. By bottoming out the Williams peep sight, I was able to zero the EE at twenty yards and regularly hit an inch-and-a-half target at that distance, even with the slightly astigmatic view out of my uncorrected right eye.

Finally, toting the “EE” around for a bit, I find the weight is just right. As I think back, it reminds me of the Daisy BB gun that I loved carrying through the woods and fields of my boyhood. In my heart, the HW30 EE is the grown-up successor to that Daisy. It’s heavier, certainly more powerful, more accurate, and a ton of fun. The HW3 EE is an air rifle that virtually begs for an adventure in the outdoors.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

–           Jock Elliott

PS My brother-in-law says if you absolutely have to put a scope on an Elliott Edition, make sure it is a silver scope. In his words, “That would be bad *ss.”

Back in June, 2015, I interviewed Larry Piercy, who was about to embark on a really cool adventure traveling the U.S. with the Airguns of Arizona van. Initially, the project had four goals:

  1. To establish additional dealers in the Precision Airgun distribution network.
  2. To help existing dealerships be more successful.
  3. To interface with the airgunning public.
  4. To do some outreach to provide some relief for people in need.

Recently I spoke with Piercy, getting an update from him on the road with the AoA van in Florida.

PAD Van ocean side in Florida!

PAD Van ocean side in Florida!

“It’s going well,” he said. “but with a slightly different emphasis than we initially thought. We’re doing more support and education. We’ve been supporting a lot of shoots – benchrest, 10 meters, and field target. And we’ve been doing education. We went to the California duck calling championship. There were 4,500 to five thousand people there, and most had no idea that airguns have advanced to the level that they have.”

“We’re doing stuff with some of the younger kids, going to some of the ranges and opening up the van, working with different clubs and sponsors, and letting the kids shoot different guns from the van.”

Piercy has also been supporting Precision Airgun distribution network dealers. Several of the dealers are working on airgun ranges, and Piercy has been consulting with them on what kind of guns, safety and other considerations associated with setting up a range. “My NRA certified instructor and range safety office training comes into play there,” Piercy says.

He adds, “We have established some additional dealers, but not as fast as we had hoped. Everyone is amazed at the state-of-the-art in airguns, but they are typically slower to react and do something about it. Still, it is better to have one good dealer than five who are in it half-heartedly.”

“Some of the existing dealers have picked up their sales as well. Some haven’t been dealers that long, so I have been doing a lot of education,” Piercy says.  “Often they want to know ‘how fast does it shoot?’ and I have to point out that fast isn’t necessarily accurate, and if you are not accurate, you are just blasting lead. A better question to ask is “How many foot-pounds will it shoot accurately?’ They also want to know how many shots a gun will deliver, and I always tell them how many good shots it will give.”

Piercy has also visited many events: the field target nationals, the US air rifle benchrest nationals, the Cajun Spring Classic, several local benchrest and ten meter events, filling tanks and sometimes repairing guns. “I found out that if you offer free tank fills, that’s like offering free food – the shooters definitely show up!”

PAD van photobombing the 2016 Cajun Spring Nationals!

PAD van photobombing the 2016 Cajun Spring Nationals!

As to helping people in need, Piercy has been handing out one-gallon zip bags stuffed with soap, toothbrushes, razors, socks, water, and other goodies. One chilly fall morning in Albuquerque, Piercy gave a bag to a gentleman who was asking for help, and as Piercy drove away, he could see in his rearview mirror the fellow wolfing down the breakfast bars and drinking the water.

The biggest surprise for Piercy is that “the general public has no idea that airguns have advanced as far as they have. Another surprise is the demand for information about airguns for nuisance wildlife control.

So far, Piercy is enjoying the project. “I’ve met a lot of nice people, seen a lot of beautiful country, and helped some airgunners and dealers along the way.”

Larry in the Everglades.

Larry in the Everglades.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott

Steve is not only an owner at AOA, but a shooter. And a dang good one too!

Steve is not only an owner at AOA, but a shooter. And a dang good one too!

Steve Buchanan is the guy behind the scenes at www.airgunsofarizona.com, making sure that things go smoothly in the repair department. Steve is also one of the owners of the business.

Steve and his brother Robert started as automotive mechanics at Buchanan Tire and Auto. “We had our own recapping plant,” Steve says. “We grew up around tires and hard work, and I became pretty much the go-to guy if there was a complicated problem.”

“We added airguns to the business,” he says. “We did it of course because we hoped to gain a few dollars, but also because we grew up with airguns and guns in our hands. I had my share of HW products as a kid. I grew up, got married, forgot about airguns for a while. Then we decided to get back into airguns, brought in the Weihrauch line, and eventually the airgun business outgrew the automotive side.”

He adds, “Last year, about this time, I was answering phones, answering emails, and getting buried. We realized that we needed another man to help deal with airgun repair, and I thought ‘Why hire someone else when I know all the guns?’”

Steve Filming an AOA Repair Series Video

Steve Filming How To Service an Airgun in an AOA Repair Series Video.

Steve enjoys getting his hands dirty and solving problems. He notes that Airguns of Arizona still gets calls from customers who have taken apart brand-new guns and can’t get them back together. He says, “I get it; I understand the appeal of trying to figure out what makes your gun tick. But with a lot of the newer guns, if you don’t have the right tools, the right gauges, you really can’t work on them and you’re going to come to a place where you are stuck . . . so don’t do it, don’t take your gun apart. When you can’t get it back together again, we are going to charge a fee to fix it.”

In addition, virtually all of the new precharged pneumatic guns have regulators, and those can be particularly tricky to reassemble.

“All of airguns we handle are designed to give years of reliable service,” he says, “but the plain fact is that o-rings and seals don’t last forever and will dry out. It’s a good idea to send PCPs into the shop roughly every three years for some preventative maintenance, to have o-rings and seals replaced and the gun checked for peak efficiency. Springers ought to be checked for seals and lubricants every five years or so, particularly if they are not used much.”

“Sometimes people ask me how I can work with my brother. The short answer is that it is easy because we are not in competition with each other. What we concentrate on is how we can serve the customer better and how we can improve what’s going on around us on a daily basis.”

He adds, “We’re blessed from God above to be in this business. It has been a really fun ride. As a boy you only dream about doing something you really enjoy, getting to play with airguns. Here at Airguns of Arizona we have some of the most intelligent men working in the airgun industry today, and we’re like a family.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott


In some regards, it has been a long strange trip for Greg Glover at Airguns of Arizona. “In 1995, when I was in junior high, my stepfather had an interest in airguns. He had heard about this airgun shop near us in Arizona and set out to find it. That’s how I met Robert,” Greg says.

At the time, the Buchanan brothers – Robert and Steve – owned a tire and car repair shop. The airgun “shop” was a sideline within the business consisting of a gun safe with perhaps a dozen guns in it behind the counter in the tire store and a few more boxes of guns stored in the shop.

“I got involved in the fledgling field target club, started chatting with Robert,” Greg says, “and he offered me a part time job at the tire shop, cleaning up and sweeping floors. We took a liking to each other and became friends.”

He adds, “The airgun side was interesting to me. Guys would find us. Robert was trying to keep on top of the phones, and it wasn’t unusual to see him under a car doing an alignment while talking airguns to a potential customer on the phone.”

As the phone was ringing more, Robert had outsourced his web work for the airgun shop. It was a really awkward process involving faxing whatever changes needed to be made to the web guy who would respond, and the response would always be accompanied by a bill.

“I came on fulltime in 1999,” Greg says. “I knew basic web, so I told Robert that I could take care of that, so he gave me the responsibility.”

As the business was growing, Greg had more and more to do. “I was heavy into sales for several years, answering the phone, talking to people, doing web work. I packed guns, repaired FX guns when we first got them.”

He says, “I have always gravitated toward doing whatever needs to be done, and I enjoy new challenges when they come along. For example, if a piece of equipment plugs in, it seems to be my job to manage it. A few years ago, we decided we needed to do videos. A friend who runs a video business and I took on the challenge, and it was a pretty big one, but our results speak for themselves.”

Today, Greg is general manager of Airguns of Arizona. That means, in part, that he looks at the overall flow of the business, sees where the needs and bottlenecks are, and tries to make some improvements. “For example, back in the day, we wrote UPS labels by hand. Now we can generate them out of our computerized order system with just a few keystrokes.”

Some of the other challenges Greg has taken on over the years include most of the photography for the www.airgunsofarizona.com website and heavy involvement in the annual Extreme Benchrest competition.

As I was interviewing him for this blog, he was in the throes of preparing two booths for the upcoming SHOT show while at the same time, keeping an ear on the sales floor. “I am responsible for the guys who answer the phone. I try not to micromanage but to make sure all the sales guys are on track and correct. Customers are number one, and we focus on keeping them happy. That starts with making sure they have correct information.”

He concludes: “I like being in the background, helping to do the things that need to be done, and I love our crew and our workfloor attitude. We’re definitely a family, and we support each other. That makes it a really nice place to come to work.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott

If you have an FX Revolution or Monsoon semi-automatic air rifle or a springer or a single- or multi-stroke pneumatic and you send it to www.airgunsofarizona.com, there is a high probability that it will fall into the capable hands of repair technician Todd DeOrio.

Repair Tech - Todd DeOrio

Repair Tech – Todd DeOrio

Todd came to Airguns of Arizona by way of birds – his brother’s birds to be specific. It turns out that at Todd’s brother’s house, birds attack the siding. He got tired of repairing the holes, so he bought an inexpensive airgun from one of the big box stores. It wasn’t very accurate, so then he bought a precharged pneumatic rifle from AoA. Then he (Todd’s brother) began looking for a compressor he could use to fill his gun. After considerable research, he contacted a Chinese firm that could supply a compressor, and he said to Todd: “Let’s develop our own air compressor line to sell to the airgun industry.” Todd, who is a licensed auto mechanic, machinist, and welder, agreed.

The DeOrio brothers worked with the Chinese firm for several months, improving the compressor, and finally bringing it to AoA’s Robert Buchanan, who loved the compressor and began offering it to customers.

Todd says, “During the next two and a half years, I would stop by now and again to repair a compressor. One day, Robert asked if I could come in one day a week to repair airguns. Over the next few months, the demand for my time gradually crept up a day at a time until now I am full time at AoA.”

He notes that the opportunity with AoA appeared just when a big woodworking job he was doing with another company was winding down. “It’s amazing how God opens and shuts doors for us,” he says.

When it comes to precharged pneumatic airguns, he says, o-rings are the weak link in the system. “They don’t generally wear out. They will generally harden up, and that can happen over time whether you are shooting the gun or not. Over time, they will simply harden and lose the seal, but I can understand a customer’s frustration that the very expensive PCP rifle they purchased and haven’t used much suddenly doesn’t work for no apparent reason. Every PCP owner needs to know that it will require periodic resealing, just in the same way that a luxury automobile will need periodic maintenance, even if it has been stored for a long time.”

He recommends storing PCPs charged full and keeping them clean. “If you want an airgun that will probably shoot even after it has been stored for a very long time, get a high quality springer. You can burn a seal or kink a spring, and they will still shoot, but at reduced velocity. Just don’t store a springer cocked for long periods.”

The majority of springers that Todd sees for repairs are simply older guns – 10, 20, sometimes 30 years old – that still shoot but need a new piston seal and spring to restore the oomph that they once had.

Todd servicing a pistol

Todd servicing a Weihrauch HW45 pistol.

Above all, Todd has one big recommendation for all airgun owners: “Get out and shoot as often as you can. Shoot with your family, shoot with your friends. It’s a great sport; get out and enjoy it!”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott

If your precharged pneumatic air rifle or air pistol needs help, and you send it to Airguns of Arizona, chances are it will fall into the hands of repair technician Don Golembieski. And, as we shall see in just a bit, they are pretty capable hands indeed.

Don Golembieski, expert tech at AOA.

Don Golembieski, expert tech at AOA.

Don worked for many years in the aerospace industry as a highly skilled machinist, and it’s fair to say that he has an unusual mind. He has the ability to visualize a machine or assembly in his mind, to see how it works, and to visualize how any problems in its operation might be solved. It is a bit like he has his own computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and computer animation studio operating inside his skull, so that he can look at a piece of machinery and “grok” how it works. Some years ago, Don was able to solve – in a day – a problem that had vexed a major robotics manufacturer for many months.

He says, “My background in aerospace technology makes firearms look easy, and air rifles and air pistols simply aren’t that complicated.”

Don got involved with airguns when Robert Buchanan opened his first small Airguns of Arizona shop. Don purchased an FX Tarantula and has been a lover of airguns ever since. “One of the things I love about them is that they make it very convenient to have fun close to the house.”

Don started competing with firearms when he was ten years hold and has continued to this day. For the past 30 years, he has been building custom firearms, including hunting rifles, competition rifles, and sniper rifles for law enforcement and special military applications.

He offers some recommendations for airgunners: fill your airgun with clean, dry air; give it a little TLC – wipe it down, keep dirt out of it; keep an eye on the probe seals, and be sure to store your PCPs with a little air in them. He thinks that many airgunners clean their barrels too often, and he recommends shooting pellets that have been lightly lubed. (He adds, “I have some Air Wolfs that have 20,000 rounds through them, and no issues.”)

If you think you are having accuracy problems because the barrel is leading up, he offers the following trick: shoot about ten non-lead pellets through the barrel. That should strip much of the lead out of the barrel, and then try shooting some lightly lubed lead pellets. You might find a big improvement.

The most common problem that he sees are leaks from a PCP rifle or pistol. “Send it to us,” he says, “We can reseal the entire airgun fairly quickly and at pretty reasonable cost.”

Don using a microscope to inspect precision parts.

Don using a microscope to inspect precision parts.

One of the problems he sees that he feels is completely unnecessary is an airgun with multiple pellets stuck in the barrel. “If you shoot your gun and something doesn’t happen, take the magazine out and fire again at a safe target. If something still doesn’t happen, pull the bolt back and slide your cleaning rod down the barrel from the muzzle. If you see the tip in the breech, you’re okay. If not, send it to us.”

He notes that sometimes shooters complain that their gun isn’t accurate, but some shooters don’t realize how many variables are involved in shooting a good 50-yard group: Is the scope tight? How are you resting the gun? Is it the right pellet for the gun? What are the wind and weather conditions?

He says, “When I was shooting smallbore, we’d find a particular lot of ammunition that the gun really liked, buy a bunch of that ammo, and shoot it until we ran out. Sometimes the next batch of ammo wouldn’t work as well in that gun as the first batch, and we’d have to go through the ammo testing process all over again. I think that is possible with airguns; sometimes you have to go back to pellet testing at shorter range to make sure you have the right pellet for the gun.”

“The bottom line,” he says, “is that if you have a quality rifle, quality scope properly mounted, and a quality pellet that the rifle likes, you’re probably going to have a good combination, and I won’t be seeing it very often except for the occasional resealing.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott


One of the joy-laden moments in an airgunner’s life is when that package arrives containing a new air rifle or air pistol. When a new airgun arrives at El Rancho Elliott, the moment is loaded with expectation. I think about the care that went into selecting the new airgun, and I hope that it will be as accurate and fun to shoot as I anticipated.

Airguns of Arizona knows about that; they know that opening the package of a newly delivered airgun is one of the critical moments in a series of critical moments that ultimately leads to a satisfied customer. As a person who has tested and reviewed airguns for a number of years, I have seen hundreds of airguns delivered here and some failures along the way – guns with stocks broken in half, parts snapped off, or components crushed.

Airguns of Arizona takes safe delivery of product so seriously that they “went to school” with UPS to develop a packaging system that most likely to result in the delivery of an airgun that is in perfect shape: double boxing every gun, wrapping smaller stuff in bubble wrap, and surrounding everything with packing peanuts. It is a system that is actually more effective than shipping an airgun in a hardshell case.

The person in charge of making sure your order goes out packed as safely as possible is Kevin Lamoureaux. In case the name sounds familiar, Kevin is the younger brother of Brad Lamoureaux, who also works at Airguns of Arizona.

Kevin Lamoureaux Shipping“I’m the last line of defense before your order goes out the door,” Kevin says. “I’m in charge of the double-boxing, the bubble wrap, and all those peanuts.”

Kevin has been working at AoA for just over a year. “For many years, I worked in the food and beverage industry and had a painting company, but I wanted a change of career. I met Robert Buchanan (president of AoA) through Boy Scouts, discovered AoA had a position open up, and he asked if I wanted to come to work.”

Lamoureaux adds, “I hadn’t been an airgunner previously, but I really enjoy shooting them, and it opened my eyes to a new world. I wasn’t aware of how popular airguns are becoming, and it’s a lot of fun because I am constantly learning.”

“I try to shoot as much as I can at work,” he says. “The shop also allows me to check out guns and bring them home. I have targets set up in my back yard so I can shoot there.”

Kevin in Repair

Kevin Lamoureaux is also cross-trained in helping out on the phones at busy periods, and he works in the showroom on Saturdays. When he is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his 8-year-old daughter.

He adds, “This is a great company to work for, more like a family than a workplace. It has been a great experience so far. I am excited about the future and want to work for AoA for as long as I can.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

  • Jock Elliott

So imagine this: you’ve just ordered a super whiz-bang airgun from www.airgunsofarizona.com. Maybe you talked to one of the sales people on the phone, or you emailed an order, or maybe you ordered on-line. The point is, you’ve made your choice and laid down your money . . . have you ever wondered what happens next?

Dillon Treloar happens next, that’s what. In a very real sense, Treloar is the last line of quality control for Airguns of Arizona. He’s the guy who takes an order – regardless of its source, the phone, an email, online – and pulls it all together and checks it so that AoA’s shipping department can actually ship it to you.

Dillon sighting in an airgun.

Dillon sighting in an airgun.

He says, “If somebody orders a gun, I get it all set up for them. I pull the requisite parts from the warehouse – the gun, the scope, the mounts. I set the gun up for them and make sure it is doing the proper velocity. If the customer wants a regulator installed in a precharged gun, I pull the gun and the regulator and take them to repairs to do the installation. After the regulator is installed, I check the gun to make sure the velocity is correct.”

He adds, “Most days, I try to come in a little early to pull some orders and bring them to shipping so they can get started filling boxes as soon as they come in.”

Dillon prints off a shot target to send with the order.

Dillon prints off a shot test target to send with the order.

When I asked Treloar if he had been an airgunner as a kid, I could almost hear him grinning at the other end of the phone. “Well,” he said slowly, “Robert Buchanan (president of Airguns of Arizona) is my stepfather. He bought me my first airgun, a Daisy Red Ryder, when I was about seven.”

Treloar still enjoys airgunning. “I try to get out to the local airgun benchrest match about once a month, and I am starting to get into field target.”

The gun he uses most often is Daystate Mark IV Panther in.177, but Treloar also owns a somewhat rare gun, a Parker Hale Phoenix lever action.

I asked if Treloar had ever encountered anything unusual in his duties at AoA. He replied, “Occasionally, a wealthy new customer will order three or four high end guns all at once or order multiple guns of the same model for his friends. That has happened several times since I have been here.”

When he isn’t at work, Treloar plays lead guitar in a band and enjoys country music and classic rock and roll.

He says, “I am just super blessed to have this job. I love every minute of it, and we’re all like family here.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

– Jock Elliott

If you to want to get a job, conventional wisdom these days is that you post your resume in the right places on-line, scour the on-line job posting sites, apply for jobs, do interviews, and go through the process.

Or . . . you can do it the way Brad Lamoureaux did.

Brad at AOALamoureaux’s main responsibility is for sales, so if you call Airguns of Arizona or visit the showroom, you stand a pretty good chance of talking to him.  However, like everyone else at AoA, he fills in wherever he is needed, testing guns and so forth. (I find the corporate structure of AoA fascinating; it reminds me of what I know of a Green Beret team: everyone has a specialty, but everyone also has enough competence to fill in at another person’s specialty if needed. So, for example, if the medic gets hurt, there is at least one other person who can fill in. AoA is like that.)

So, now, let’s set the scene for how Lamoureaux found employment at AoA. Lamoureaux is the Scout Master of a troop of 50+ Boy Scouts. Robert Buchanan, president of AoA, is the troop’s chaplain.

“I had just finished my master’s degree literally the night before,” Lamoureaux says, “when Robert came up to me and asked ‘How’s your job going?’”

Lamoureaux explained that he had just finished his master’s degree and that he was thinking of applying for something perhaps in hospital administration. To which Buchanan said, “Yeah, but how’s your job going?” Then he said that he wanted Lamoureaux to come work for him.

“But I don’t know anything about airguns,” Lamoureaux protested. You’ll learn, Buchanan said, adding “If you don’t know something, ask. Besides, if you have the temperament to handle 50 boys, you can talk to people on the phone.”

Lamoureaux says, “When you spend all day testing airguns and talking about airguns, you learn very quickly. I shoot a lot at work, and my favorite gun is the Daystate Wolverine Hi-Lite in .22. I still don’t consider myself an airgun enthusiast, but I really enjoy shooting with my son in the backyard. He has a Webley springer in .20 caliber.”Brad from AOA

One of the things he enjoys most is that every day he gets an interesting phone call. “I have one customer who raves about how accurate his FX Independence is. He hung up washers from strings at 80 yards, and pretty soon hitting the washers got to be kind of boring, so he started shooting the strings and dropping the washers by cutting the strings with a pellet. “That’s pretty much the epitome of accuracy,” Lamoureaux says.

On several occasions, he has had members of the military or SWAT teams tell him that they use airguns to take out street lights without giving away their position with a muzzle flash.

“One of my favorite things,” he says, “is to educate people about airguns, tell them Kip’s hunting stories, update them about what’s new, and get them excited about the sport. Then there are guys who make special trips here like it is their Graceland, that’s always fun.”

He adds, “My satisfaction comes from making people happy, finding out exactly what their needs are, and then finding the exact airgun that will fulfill those needs.”

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight,

– Jock Elliott