Saturday, July 28, 2012

Jerry Ahern R.I.P.

I belatedly note the passing of Jerry Ahern, novelist, gunwriter, proponent of the fine Detonics pistol and my friend, from cancer. Read the full obit from No Lawyers.

Jerry and I were friends for a long time, all the way back to the days when he was writing The Survivalist action series ( which I always believed was the best of that genre). For a while we even shared an agent in Hollywood.

When Jerry resurrected Detonics a few years back, I took SHOOTING GALLERY to Georgia to document the process in our 100th episode and spend some time with Jerry and his wife Sharon. My 3rd Gen Detonics Combat Master remains the very best small .45 1911 I've ever shot, and the only one that actually runs. And yes, I do occasionally carry it in an Alessi shoulder holster, a la John Thomas Rourke, the original survivalist.

Jerry wrote a regular column for the THE BLUE PRESS and an occasional column for DRTV. He once told me that in his most prolific year he produced an astounding 40-some-odd novels! In my most prolific years as a writer I was lucky to grind out 40 magazine articles. He obviously had the gift, and the was nothing more fun than talking guns with Jerry. Those conversations will be missed, a lot.

Go with God, brother.


Anonymous said...

We have lost another good one. I always enjoyed his work.

Anonymous said...

I grew up reading his novels.

gunman42782 said...

All the good ones are going fast. RIP, Mr Ahren.

Anonymous said...

Dang Michael, rough week for you. My condolences.


bigdrumdaddy said...

Absent from the last few issues of THE BLUE PRESS, my worst fears are realized . . .
Godspeed, Jerry Ahern. You were a gentleman and an inspiration to us all.
Heartfelt condolences to Mr. Ahern's family - and to Michael, and all who knew him.

It has indeed been a rough week for us all.

Frank F. said...

My condolences to his Family. I've been reading his novels since the '80s (My favorite series is Hank Frost, the one eyed mercenary); I'm now reading his recent books on Personal Defense and Concealed Carry Handguns. Excellent work!

Anonymous said...

I have read this mans articles since days back when Mel Tappen was writing. Sometimes Jerry was accused of giving the camera baleful mean looks as he was pointing a firearm of some kind. I still remember Michael and him ringing out some Detonics pistols on Michael's show. I will miss this guy, because he had a unique style, and knew a lot of interesting gun facts. Condolences and prayers go out to his family. Jimmy

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