For as long as I have been going to the larger gun shows I have know an old cowboy, showman, master of card tricks, gun slinger, straight shooter and spokesperson, Joe Bowman. Bowman knew how to handle his trademark six-guns.
Bowman was a one man exhibit who in recent years traveled with the Strum Ruger Gun Company wherever they would display their wares at various gun and firearms trade shows throughout the world.
Bowman would appear at the functions along with his cowgirl wife, Betty and dazzle everyone with his impromptu shows.
Bowman had just completed his last gig at the End of Trail Show in New Mexico. This morning Betty Bowman woke up in a hotel they stopped at on their way to their Houston, TX home. Betty was unable to wake her husband who apparently died peacefully in his sleep. Bowman was 84.
I shot this video of Joe at the May 2009 NRA Convention in Phoenix, AZ.