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Pictured above is one of my favorite pictures of Roland J. Beauchemin, the long time gunsmith at Silver Dollar City. Roland retired two to three years before passing away late last year. Roland was one of the first SDC staff that I captured on film. He was always willing to let me snap a picture and was the inspiration to photograph others.

I gave Roland a copy of this picture (taken in 2000) and remember him telling me I should get people to autograph their picture. I never followed up on that suggestion -- holding the memories to be the greater value.


  1. Treat every gun as if were loaded.

  2. Unload your gun before taking it into home, camp.

  3. Be sure the barrel and action are free of obstructions like snow, mud and ice.

  4. Carry your gun so you can control the direction of the muzzle should you trip or bump your arm.

  5. Be sure of your target before you put your finger on the trigger.

  6. Never point your gun at anything you ain't shoot'in.

  7. Before you put your gun away for an hour or a year ... check and recheck to make sure it's empty.

  8. Never climb a tree ... over a fence or into a boat with a loaded gun.

  9. Never shoot at a flat, hard surface or the surface of water.

  10. Do not mix alcohol and firearms.

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