INTERCEPTED LETTER - Bob Law's Air Rifle Headquarters

(06/04/2014)

To Galen Duskey,

One of my airgun colleagues posted the news that Robert Law recently passed on, with a link to your "Hur Herald" article. I just wanted to let you know that your late friend Robert is regarded with great appreciation by the airgunning community.

Many of us were entranced by the old ARH catalogs that eventually led to a lifelong sport/hobby. Mine was the '68 edition, acquired while at the U of Wisconsin on a tight budget.

Having always regarded American "pellet guns" as chintzy toys, by this time I had several nice .22 rimfires in my closet at home. But scouring through the ARH Catalog Digest had me hankering for one of those German-crafted precision beauties.

After pretty well wearing out the pages reading and re-reading every specification, my lust concentrated on a $60 Weihrauch. Alas, my gut-wrenching final decision was to buy a really clean Winchester 62 at the local gun shop ($35 then, about $500 now!) plus a budget-priced Czech air pistol at the local discount-mart which became a constant companion, as shooting targets down the hallway was lots more fun than studying.

I kept that catalog safe through some silly times in the 70's but airguns were not on my mind - until one day in '81 I spotted a local pennysaver ad for one of the ARH custom guns from a household that didn't use it any longer.

Holding this rifle with its beautiful walnut and brilliant blue finish made me remember the siren call of that old catalog. Next day, I phoned Robert to ask what I really had acquired - and learned a lot more than I had expected about the Custom 120X project, favorite airguns, and the rise and fall of the ARH business (he was in the process of selling off all remaining inventory).

I bought one of every ARH publication and read diligently, enjoying the homespun promoter's turn-of-phrase that permeates all Robert's writing.

My eyes were reopened to the world of high-quality airguns, and starting from products of the post-war era I eventually became obsessed with collecting ever more ancient air weaponry.

A good number of my airgun friends got started in the same way I did, drooling over an ARH catalog in the 60's or 70's. We appreciate what Robert did for all of us and remember him with fond thoughts.

With best regards,
Don Raitzer