About the Author

I wish I had all the accumulated experience that is compiled in the 9.3x62 Journal, but I don’t. Thus I cannot take credit for all of the contributions in this book.

The Journal is a product of an accumulative contributory effort by various authors and helpers from very diverse backgrounds. Despite of that or is it, because of that, what a fine product materialized as the 9.3x62 Journal.

Some of the authors have hunting related attributes longer than my arm and they may be quite known on both an international and national level in relevant hunting media.

In this regard, you will learn from well established authors like once Zimbabwean based veterinarian and hunting outfitter, Dr. Kevin Robertson, who authored a few hunting related, books like, The Perfect Shot, It Shouldn’t Happen, and Africa’s Most Dangerous. He brought along a wealth of information from his practical experience.

Or Pierre van der Walt, a gun and cartridge nut who just cannot get enough of anything firearm related, who has been the founding editor of The Big Bore Journal and who has published books such as, Big Bore Load Data Collection and African Dangerous Game Cartridges. Pierre presented us with the most comprehensive reloading data for the 9.3x62 anywhere to be found, … anywhere.

Then there is the walking “gun-and-cartridge encyclopedia”, Dr Mauritz  Coetsee. Connected to anything hunting and hunting rifles like no one else I know. He has published far and wide in hunting related media and was the founding editor of The African Outfitter Magazine  He published a manual on cartridge reloading, The Sum of all Parts and in the 9.3x62 Journal he introduces us to hunters like Joe Lubbe and Mario Serradino who hunts with a 9.3x74.

You will meet an old Zambian hunter, Don Forrester, who has published various articles in Magnum, the Shooters Magazine. Lucky for us he also contributed to the 9.3x62 Journal although he is a stern supporter of the .375 Holland&Holland cartridge.

The hunting adventures of Senator Dr Steenkamp and Harry Flederman will sweep you away to an era that will never come our way again. They used their 9.3x62 rifles to the fullest.

I’m not going to hide the fact that a tenth (1/10th ) of the Journal is written in Afrikaans by Afrikaans hunter-authors who’s life’s gyrates around hunting and rifles. Of all the 9.3x62 users in Africa past and present, Afrikaans speaking hunters made up quite a big portion and we can sit by their knee and learn from them. Even if you cannot read it, the photographs speak a thousand words…

The late Dr. Lucas Potgieter just had to leave a trail as he was the only publishing firearm-guru, cum hunting writer during the 1970’s in South Africa. He had his own gun shop, The Powder Keg, which is still running in the South West of Johannesburg. Dr. Lucas Potgieter published in a local South African weekly column and published in the European hunting magazine, Hatari Times. From his pen no less than four Afrikaans    hunting related books materialized during a life filled with hunting and rifles and such.

Willie Vermaak has published in the well circulating African Gazzette before and is a South African hunting outfitter by trade. Willie grew up in a family of East African hunter-pioneers before him and he, fortunately for us, has excellent skills with the pen as well. Hopefully, one day, he will publish the “condensed adventures of Willie Vermaak”…

We are honored to have hunters like Hendrik Diedericks, the late Nols Thiart and Mauser collecter, Pieter Oberholzer to have made time in their busy  schedules to capture in writing their ideas and experiences around the 9.3x62 Mauser.  

Hendrik Diedericks had tested a wide range of modern bullets in the hunting laboratory on tough African animals and captured his findings in word and picture. This valuable information benefits us greatly

Uncle Adie grew up in “wild country” in Tanganyika in East Africa (now Tanzania) with a rifle in his hands. The 9.3x62 was one of them and he hunted the toughest of them all. You will understand the pictures when you see them, because they will put in your heart a longing for those golden years.

Then there are the faceless many who contributed in the form of quotes, ideas, opinion and photographs. African Hunter Magazine, Jannie Nel, Marius Taljart, Klasie Niewenhuisen and Roy Guthrie. I also want to mention Adelino Serras Pires, co-author of his book of African adventure, Winds of Havoc. Without all these valuable contributions the 9.3x62 Journal would have been less complete.

I, on the contrary, am a bambi and tree hugger with a really big interest in Creation Science.  Whether I hunt, fish, tour, walk or just camp in the outdoors, to me it means that I can study, observe and capture nature in photograph and soul. Therefore, I think it would be only fair to also give credit to all the animals that paid the ultimate price for this book to be complete.

A hunter I am. A sportsman I am not. I grew up in the bush literally cutting my teeth on a piece of biltong or later a rifle butt. That rifle butt was my father’s ‘nine-three’ Mauser, amongst others. My father and my family before him were pioneers and hunting was their lifestyle born out of necessity. This is the milieu I grew up in.

Having published as widely as I did, outdoor and hunting related literature did not come automatically as it did to academics. As an academic under-achiever, it was a huge challenge for me to put academical pen to academical paper. On the other hand I am not an unqualified intellectual under performer. I can and do practice “man-craft” in many forms with hunting as only one of them. It’s my lifestyle.

The first major milestone in my publishing life is when I published my late friend Bill Russell’s awesome life story, Spirit of a Sniper. Bill was a sniper for the Allied forces in Cassino Italy during 1944. When I asked him one time about hunting elephant, he said, “…man they are so big you cannot miss them…” See Bill practiced a very perilous craft. He was a hunter of men that could kill or maim with a single shot. He was a hunter of hunters…

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