Raymond “Pappy” Smith

April 30, 1887 – May 24, 1967

  • 1906, age sixteen married the first of his five wives, Dora Mae Pigeon
  • 1908 moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • bought an old roulette wheel
  • creation of Harolds Club. Harolds was one of the first modern American casinos
  • 1964 played a significant role in convincing the federal government to build the I-80 freeway over the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • 1981, four years after Pappy was named Grandfather of Gaming during the fiftieth anniversary celebration of legalized gambling in Nevada
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Milt Sparks

1917 – Sept. 9, 1995

  • 1968 Started making holsters as Milt Sparks Leather
  • 1983 Tony Kanaley joined the operation
  • 1990 incorporated as Milt Sparks Holsters, Inc.
  • 1995 Kanaley took over the business

 

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Eric Kincel

02/01/1967

  • 2001 Began VLTOR in Idaho
  • 2004 – bought by Abrams Airborne Manufacturing, Inc. (AAMI) in Tucson, AZ
  • 2005 – Invented Modular firearm buttstock
  • 2008 Invented the KeyMod
  • 2011 (2013) Invented Charging handle with improved gas deflection
  • 2013 Director of Research & Development for Bravo Company USA
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Steve Urvan

  • 1999 – Created GunBroker
  • 2014 – GunBroker in the top 500 Websites
  • 2014 – GunBroker reaches 3 Billion dollars in sales

CEO of GunBroker.com

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Alcan

Incorporated in 1951 – 1980

  • Homer Clark Jr
  • most of the components  sold were imported from Europe
  • Shotgun Powder manufactured by Baschieri & Pellagri
    – Bolona, Italy
  • powders from Bofors of Sweden
  • 1964 plastic cased shotloads and blanks
  • 1970 the company over extended itself
  • 1970 acquired by Smith & Wesson & Fiocchi 
  • 1972 Smith & Wesson Fiocchi was manufacturing and selling Alcan branded ammo & components
  • 1980 stopped manufacturing under the Alcan Name

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Jerry Henry

Grandfather, operates a therapeutic riding center for persons with special needs in Fairburn, GA

  • 1967 – 1971 – U.S.Navy
  • 2008 – joined GeorgiaCarry.Org
  • 2009 – GeorgiaCarry.Org first Executive Director  
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Stephen L. Sanetti

  • 1975 -1978 – US Army – Captain, 1st Cavalry
  • 2008 – Present – President and CEO – National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
  • 1980 – 2008 – Strum Ruger – President, CEO, Vice-Chairman of the Board
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Mike Dillon

 January 2, 1935 – November 7th, 2016

  • flew for TWA
  • writer/photographer for Air Progress Magazine
  • started the warbird restoration movement in the 1960’s
  • redesigned and manufactured the M134 Mini Gun
  • Restored – P-40 Warhawk.
  • Restored – TT-1 Pinto jet
  • Restored – 3 T-34A military trainers
  • Restored – UH-1H Huey
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