Dad taught me to hunt and fish, back when I was growing up on the farm in northeast Missouri. Things were much simpler in the '50s and I can't imagine what my life would be like today, had I not enjoyed the benefit of all the instruction of those early years. I shot my first duck at age 9 and my first quail at 13 - the same year I got my first gun for Christmas - a hand-me-down Stevens 16 gauge single shot.
Some of my fondest memories are the hunting and fishing stories Dad and my uncles shared with us kids back then - generally around the wood stove, and other times in the field. Unfortunately, it was pure and simple storytelling, so all I have are the memories.
Now, as a father and grandfather and having hunted and fished all my life, I am taking the time to write down some of my own stories – for the enjoyment of my children, grandchildren, friends and Customers.
Many interesting things have happened to me personally and at MidwayUSA through the years and I've included a few, hoping you will find them of interest. This collection of 100 short stories is beginning to look a little like a history of MidwayUSA and an autobiography of my own life.
These are all real stories that I participated in, nothing is made up; and I write them purely for your enjoyment.
Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA
About the Author
Larry Potterfield often describes himself as a ‘country boy from rural Missouri.’ Certainly that’s true, but so was Mark Twain, Omar Bradley and Harry S. Truman. His compass is always pointed true north; he’s a role-model for personal values and the discipline to do the right thing. A husband, father, grandfather and willing mentor for many, Larry leads by example in everything he does. Through hard work, curiosity, creativity, focus and passion, he has become a real-life example of The American Dream.
It has been said that a man who likes guns is either a hunter, shooter, or gun collector; and that hunters don’t shoot, shooters don’t hunt and collectors neither shoot nor hunt. Larry Potterfield is all three: a hunter, shooter and gun collector; and you can throw in reloader and amateur gunsmith – his experience and knowledge in all of these areas is quite broad.
An adventurist by nature, Larry has been there and done things that many of us only dream about. These Short Stories, covering some of his experiences over the last fifty years, provide an interesting perspective as to how he sees the world and his lifelong love of guns, hunting and shooting – and the MidwayUSA business.
As the Founder and current CEO of MidwayUSA, an internet retailer of shooting, hunting and outdoor products – established in 1977, Larry is one of the most-respected small businessmen in the shooting sports industry. Larry received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1971 and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville in 1974. He served six years in the U.S. Air Force. Larry, and his wife Brenda, have received numerous awards for leadership and benevolence from the Key Conservation Groups and the Shooting Sports Industry. They live in Columbia, Missouri and have two adult children and six grandchildren.