If this has been posted already, please forgive me. I have been away at the Western States cartridge show in Reno, and while I have looked over the Forum, and saw nothing, if I missed it, I apologize for the repitition.
It is my sad duty to report the passing of Fred Datig, an important member of the firearms and ammuntiion collecting fraternity. I am told he passed about two weeks ago, but I don’t have any other details, except that there was no funeral.
I was proud to call Fred a friend, and while I only had the privilege of seeing him about once a year, I will miss him. He was one of the giants of our hobby. Fred wrote the pioneer works on several firearms subjects, and was not afraid to share the knowledge he acquired before most knew much on the subjects, even at the risk of having some wrong and missing information. He wrote on subjects, such as Soviet Weapons, when the information on almost anything to so with them was “secret” and pretty much unknown, sharing much information he had that no one else had been able to acquire. In later years I read occasional criticism of some of the work in his cartridge books and his books on Soviet firearms, but at the time they were written, they were absolutely the best information available, and remain valuable research tools despite the amount of knowledge acquired since they were written, much of which built on Fred’s pioneer efforts.
I am sure that in various firearms publications, we will get much better obituaries about Fred than I can possibly write, from those that knew him better.