We received word today that the world renowned cartridge illustrator, Gene Scranton, passed away yesterday, Jan 2, 2013, at his home in Tucson, Arizona.
It would be an understatement to say the 2 volumes (and eagerly awaited Volume 3) “A History of Modern U.S. Small Arms Ammunition” by F. W. Hackley, W.H. Woodin, and E.L. “Gene” Scranton are the iconic US military small arms cartridge reference, bar none. I would add Gene’s “Color Tip” reference work as a cornerstone to my fascination with the color markings of small arms rounds (how I have wished it was continually updated)(what a daunting task to consider!)
Many were graced with Gene’s congenial presence at SLICS 2012. I will, as many, many folks will, miss his quiet unassuming way that a treasure trove of knowledge was cloaked within.
Stay tuned for a fitting tribute in the IAA Journal
A lousy start to the 2013 year!