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hammerstone

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Anyone know anything about scorpion longbows made by M. R. Hamilton ?
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M. R. "Randy" Hamilton was a Marine based at Twenty Nine Palms, Ca. He made bows in his spare time at the base shop. After leaving the Marine Corp he moved to Colorado and set up a shop to make bows full time. He eventually decided to give it up and become a minister. He left a few orders unfinished and his brother-in-law completed them and continued making bows for a time.

Here's a few shots of his catalog.

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I took a few photos when Randy visited Hugh Rich in July 1985. In the upper left photo Hugh is showing Randy a flaming arrow used in a 1927 movie. At the lower right Randy is holding a Howard Hill arrow.

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This is the bow Randy made for me. It's 69", 57# @ 28". It has maple limbs, black walnut riser, brown glass and water buffalo tip overlays.

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I owned one and loved it.Great shooting bows.
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I had one years ago in the early 90’s and loved it. It was 70# at my draw. I sold it when I no longer could handle the weight.
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Very interesting stuff!!

Id love to find one or even loose some wood from one!
And its nice to see Hugh Rich even dropped our own Fred Anderson a praise comment

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wow uc is that all you could come up with ? lol... actually its more than I expected , but then again this is the "hill" campsite ,and so far I have been very impressed with the knowledge therein.
I have acquired a scorpion longbow that follows all the design characteristics I've been able to find out about Randy's bows.. reverse trapezoid limbs ,same handle wrap , walnut riser .
the only difference is the builders name is Lee Kinsey . Could this be his brother in law that he supposedly sold the company to ?
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I thought t remember that Scorpion Longbows was resurrected at one point in southern IL.
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That may very well be true steve as I  heard that Lee Kinsey is from Sesser and, I bought this bow from a guy in Christopher.
There is also a round scorpion logo on the bow with # 8 inscribed on it.
Sorry but I'm unable to post pics at this time. Trad bowyers encyclopedia says Randy was born in Paducah ky. and had sought bow building  assistance from Chuck Jones.
Guy I bought it from said he thought Lee Kinsey was an engineer with Toyota.
Only thing I know for sure is this is one sweet bow for $100 .
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Ill give ya $120 and the shipping😈
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sorry red but, I like your style. Cant blame a guy for tryin.
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Ya never know brother😜
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He later,(not sure but maybe 10 to 15 years ago) he started making a few bows under his own name. I think I might have that brochure still. I'll look for it.

I had a nice visit on the phone with him when he was Scorpion. Heck of a nice guy.
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Just found this forum. I was stationed with Randy in 29 Palms I guess it was 1983 or 84. Helped him in the wood shop as he worked on his prototypes. As a gift he gave me the first scorpion longbow. I have it to this day. One of my prized possessions. Gunnymikecl@gmail.com
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Ira has all the nice bows, and is a Lefty to boot! [biggrin]
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ASL:
1. “The White Eagle” - John Schulz - 66” #60@28” - Lefty

2. “The Hunter” - John Schulz - 66” #54@28” - Lefty
3. “Sunbear” - Charlie Lamb - 66” #58@29” - Lefty
4. 2-Piece String-Follow - Brian McBroom - 66” #57@28 - Lefty

Non-ASL:
1. Baleen Whale/Yew longbow - Fred Sevier aka "Tukaluk" - 68" #60@28 - Righty
2. 3-Piece Zipper Extreme - Foam/Carbon limbs with Elk overlays - Lefty
 
Selfbow:
1. "Spirit Stick" Selfbow - John Strunk - 68" #60@28", Dual shelf 

 


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Hi Gunny,

Welcome to the forum. Small world, you knowing Randy. He did make some nice bows. Too bad he gave it up.
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I owned a few of M.R.'s bows in the 80's.  He was mentored so to speak by Chuck Jones, least ways he made lams for him for a good while and if you look at the back of the riser that is a Chuck Jones trademark overlay back of the grip.  I owned a red elm, the silver fox and a red fox.  He used a toilet seat to get the riser fade out shape for his longbows.   One thing cool about the original design was the stiff tips about 6" or so from the end of the bow.  Nearly a straight limbed bow till right near the end of the tips.  He also trapped to the back of the bow.  He did become a minister as I understand it but as i heard he gave that up too to become a mine electrician or engineer I think.  That red elm bow accounted for a few deer and lots of woodchuks when I owned it.  Got shot out of my hand at a 3D shoot at Creekside Gun Shop.  It was with Randy's bows that I learned the heavier the bow the longer it should be.  His were exceptionally smooth.  
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