Introducing Steve, a new Optics Planet product specialist
This is my first entry, and I’d like to introduce myself.
My name is Steve, and I’m a product specialist here at Optics Planet.
I’m a gun guy, and have been my whole life. As a toddler, my earliest memories, even before girls, or motorcycles, or money, were holding dad’s shotgun and game birds. As an older boy, my worst punishment was to stay home while he went hunting on the weekends with whatever dog we had at that time.
I spent the last couple decades as general manager of one of the country’s largest gun shops and ranges, and in sales and purchasing in a “big box” outdoor sporting goods store. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for the world; they can’t be bought.
I was an aircraft carrier based U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate before that. Saw some big chunks of our wondrous world.
Here are some other qualifications that brought me to Optics Planet:
• NRA certified instructor: all firearms and muzzle loaders
• Competitive firearm shooter and archery staff shooter
• State of Illinois private investigator
• Boy Scouts of America merit badge counselor
• State of Illinois volunteer hunter’s safety instructor
• Glock armorer
• Consultant to Illinois DNR biologists
• Occasional expert witness in firearm related court cases
I’ve hunted from Canada to Africa for large and small game, and prefer to process my own meat from field to table. I love wildlife, especially with butter and garlic.
I am also a fisherman, and watch birds for Cornell University every winter for their feeder survey, although I prefer to watch game birds through my oven window.
I regularly shoot a variety of rimfires and high quality adult airguns in my basement range. I do some gunsmithing and have mounted thousands of scopes.
I love watching wildlife, and use many different spotting scopes and binoculars for this purpose. From pocket Swarovskis to 10X50 Nikons and everything in between, there’s a good purpose for all of them.
I am blessed with Shirley, my beloved wife of many years and the best chick in the world, and my beloved son Radical Lee von Dundee, the world’s most human German Shorthaired Pointer and my best friend.
I’ve raced and crashed cars and motorcycles, jumped out of planes and bungee jumped, gotten lost in different countries, broke things (including myself), built things, blown stuff up, and in general, had a hell of a good time. I’m truly blessed, and wish the same for you.
I look forward to working with the Optics Planet team. I will answer all your questions to the best of my ability and will give you the best advice I can. Keep an eye out for new blog entries.
Steve at OpticsPlanet
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