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

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

 

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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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  

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

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

Sharps Rifle Manufacturing

created on October 9, 1851
Hartford, Connecticut

  • 1848 – Christian Sharps (1810–1874), patented his rifle
    – used paper cartridges
  • 1850 first contract for 5,000 rifles
  • 1851  manufacturing started
  • second contract for 15,000 rifles
    – purchased 25 acres in Hartford, Connecticut for a factory building
  • 1853 Christian Sharps left the Company
  • 1855-1876 manufacturing was moved to Hartford
  • 1872 Sharps introduced the .50-90 Sharps cartridge
  • 1876 moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1878 the last rifle made y Sharps
    – Sharps-Borchardt Model 1878