The Land Report

Texas 2018

The Magazine of the American Landowner is an essential guide for investors, landowners, and those interested in buying or selling land. The award-winning quarterly is known for its annual survey of America's largest landowners, The Land Report 100.

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By Henry Chappell Photography by Gustav Schmiege III SHOOTING FOR THE BEST Russell Gordy has a simple goal for Gordy & Sons: to be the world's greatest gun store. I n the late 1950s, a very young Russell Gordy used to tail an older cousin as they roamed around their grandparents' farm in West Louisiana. He begged the older boy for a chance to shoot his Sears J.C. Higgins bolt-action, single-shot .22 rifle, but his cousin always refused. He was out of ammo, he would say. Or so it seemed until he shouldered the rifle and ventilated a tin can, much to Russell's ire. Come nightfall, Russell would devour the dozen or so pages devoted to rifles and shotguns in the Sears & Roebuck catalogue. "That was our Internet," he says today. On more than one occasion, he told his grandmother Ocie Gordy that he was going to buy every last one of Sears' guns. Impressed with her grandson's ambition but worried about his goal-setting abilities, she gently urged the boy to stop torturing himself. "Grandma, if I can ever afford to, I'll buy every one of those guns," he would say. Russell never did buy all of Sears & Roebuck's inexpensive, mass-produced guns, but in 2014, after a successful career in the oil and gas business, he bought two years of production by John Rigby and Co., one of world's most storied gunmakers, as well as scores of other shotguns and rifles from Boss, Stephen Grant, James Purdey and Sons, and other London gunmakers. OPPOSITE: Sixty years ago, a crack shot named George Gordy taught his grandson how to shoot. Nowadays, Russell Gordy, 67, (pictured here) is thrilled to be teaching his own grandsons how to shoulder a gun, lead a target, and take down a crazy quail. T E X A S 2 0 1 8 | The LandReport 85 LANDREPORT.COM

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