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Finn Aagaard used to be a unique guy. He was once a hugely revered Kenya specialist hunter (1967–1977) and, later, a gun specialist and author. After the searching ban in Kenya, he and his spouse of thirty-two years, Berit, moved to the united states the place Finn grew to become a looking advisor in Texas. quickly thereafter he turned a author for the NRA, and his critiques on weapons, calibers, and African searching received him all over the world reputation. the 1st a part of Aagaard's African Adventures comprises the whole, unique manuscript of Aagaard's Africa, which was once released in an abridged shape in 1991. Berit, who knew him higher than somebody, has accelerated on Finn's looking tales whereas delivering new, and never-before-published fabric present in Finn's meticulously stored journals relationship again to 1956. including those and the adventures and stories recorded on CDs almost immediately ahead of his dying, she paints a distinct photo of the guy. We persist with Finn throughout the bloody Mau Mau rebellion; we research what it took to turn into a PH;...

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Days later I learned that Finn had signed a contract with the NRA’s American Rifleman and American Hunter magazines. And the rest, as they say, is history. American readers soon sensed the authority and openness in Finn’s stories of African—and, later, North American—hunting and his practical expertise in firearms and ammunition. He quickly developed a broad and very loyal fan base. In the meantime, I came to admire his entire family, especially his wife (and compiler of this volume), Berit Aagaard.

Very few (if any) beginning gunwriters have this kind of experience, and even fewer have taken the trouble to so carefully document that experience. ” But could he write? Over the next few months we learned that, indeed, he could. His manuscripts were clean, his phraseology precise, and his points, based on his level of experience, could be argued but could not be dismissed. Without hesitation I published the first manuscript he sent me—and every manuscript thereafter. Like most new writers (certainly me), he and his first editor (me) had early discussions over his photo packages.

The fact that Finn’s business partner was the late Dunlop Farren, an acquaintance of long standing from my Safari Club days, was persuasive as well. My expectations were not high, but a trip back to Texas would at worst cleanse me of some Los Angeles toxins. Yes, I would go. On the appointed day, I flew from Los Angeles to Austin. John and Dunlop met me at the airport, and we drove to the Bar-O Ranch in Llano County. That was the headquarters ofWildlife Safaris’ operations. The house was a classic example of the design that dominated that part of the country in the late 1800s.

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