I don't really have any stories. I never got to meet Sterling. I just know he was funny, thoughtful, and dropped the occasional pearl of wisdom that only ever added to the experience here. I'm sad today knowing his personality won't be among us moving forward.
I knew him from a shoot in DFW that was hosted by another forum and of course on TGT. He was a kind man and the kind you want your sons to grow to be. I don't believe he ever said a serious derogatory word about anyone (politicians excepted).
He made us laugh
He laughed with us not at us
He had love in his heart
He put heart in the ones and things he loved
He was an honorable man
I'll never forget my 1st Hicksville meet. Sterling came rolling in with his trailer mounted smoker.
Fire box going wide open. Backed up under a shade tree and closed the dampers.
Finished smoking a brisket he'd been smoking the previous day.
We visited a long while that day. Definitely some of the best brisket I've ever had.
He and Robertc1024 were supposed to come out last spring for a range day.
Weather turned bad on the weekend we'd planned. Never got rescheduled.
Was going to have Sterling out at my father in laws and neighbors range. A three gun course is being added. Heh, never three gunned in my life. Father in law and I joke around that it will be entertaining to watch us jokers learn.
Sounds like I missed out on meeting a good dude and making a friend.
A few months ago Sterling and I did an ammo trade. He needed some 7mm-08. I swapped him for some .45acp. He really moaned about how deep he had to dig to give up that .45 ammo. Oh how I was taking food out of his childrens mouths kinda thing.
He said all this sitting in a new pick-up truck.
I raffed at him.
You had to know him to understand but it was funny to me.
^^Ha! That sounds just like him. He and I drove together for a couple of the TGT get-togethers. Shot together several times outside of that. One thing I can say, we were never lacking in conversation - loved that guy. We'd text back and forth pretty frequently - last one was me sending pictures of the beer I was drinking in Germany last week. He'll be sorely missed.
Sterling and I had just a couple of phone discussions. He read that I work for ZEISS and that I offered the team employee discount on scopes. We laughed and joked about how I’m not the guy to ask about how to long distance shoot. He also rolled in some laughs about his bride whoopin’ his butt for planning to spend all that money. He sure as heck is shooting those long distances now.