I first met Burian way back in 1999 at a gun store I was working at the time. Burian came in to order a couple of those “Mitchell’s Mausers” being advertised heavily in every gun rag. His Dad was a veteran of the 1st Infantry Division in WW2 and landed on D-Day. Naturally this lead to a life long interest in the war and the guns. Not long after he took my advice on getting a new hunting rifle and bought one of the Winchester Model 70 classics in .30-06 which you may recall seeing on the old website.

We become friends pretty quick after that and had many misadventures together. Burian was divorced and worked for the railroad. he was injured and had a multi million dollar lawsuit settlement with the R&R and then retired. So he had lots of money after retirement. He used that extra money to get his Class III dealer and you can recall me showing you his various belt fed machinguns like his M60 and HK21.

Burian married again to a wonderful woman that spoiled him. Three years later, about 8 months ago, she died of brain cancer. I spent a lot of time with him keeeping him company and trying to help him the best I could. He was alone in the world since his first wife turned his kids against him, He caught her cheating on him with a “friend” and so of course the ex-wife made him into the bad guy to the kids natch

Earlier this month was his 57th birthday. I called him to wish him a happy birthday and he said to me- “I hope this year is better than last, it can’t get any worse than that.” a few days later he had a massive stroke and was put on life support essentially brain dead. My dear friend lingered for a few weeks , then mercifully passed from this hell world this morning. May he rest in peace now that he has joined his beloved wife Sandy.

My friends, we have little time on this world as bad as it is. Stay in touch with your friends no matter how much effort it takes. And please think of Burian this week if you can.

I may take a few days off or slow posting schedule this week. I know you will understand.

Burian and his wife before the cancer took hold of her
Burian at age 19 in the 80s with his Mother.



  1. Wild, wild west says:

    We are diminished.


  2. Pathfinder says:

    Sorry to hear that.

    My condolences.


  3. John M. says:

    Condolences, Shawn. Take care.


    1. Shawn says:

      thanks buddy


  4. Pissed off family says:

    I’ve asked nicely for you to please take this down. The majority of what you wrote isn’t even the truth. But dragging the children and their mother into this is unreal. This is sad.


  5. Irate family says:

    This is the 3rd time that I’m asking you to take this down. There are multiple untruths in this post. This is libel. Take it down. The family wants this removed.


    1. Shawn says:

      You are right, the circumstances of his death were not correct, no one who knew the details at the time seemed to bother to tell anyone outside of the immediate family and I was told Burian had a stroke from several people who obviously didn’t know the details. The post was written before I knew the correct info on how he passed away. He fell and hit his head which lead to his death.
      The rest are things he told me to my face first hand and I stand by it, Now you can decide if he lied to me about it or not, but I chose to believe him as he never lied to me about anything else. Maybe you don’t know him as well as you think you did? I don;t know. A man will tell his friends things he wouldn’t tell his family. That’s up to you to decide privately as I will decide.
      Lastly, you dont tell me what the fuck I can and can not say on my own fucking website. I see you are angry but I don’t much care how angry you are about it. The last Burian mentioned to me about his kids, was neither one spoke to him in years, and he had not even seen his own grandchild from his son according to him, So i don’t give much of a shit how angry they may or may not be about what I chose to say about one of my best friends of 27 years. And throwing around legal terms you don’t even understand aren’t very scary for me since the above post does not meet any of the legal thresholds for libel. My advice is to ignore it if you don’t like it and move on or tell everyone I am a liar and scumbag on social media if it makes you feel better to vent your spleen. Though you may not want to do that either because it will draw attention to the post making you angry. Again, i am sorry for everyone’s loss, Burian was a good man and a better friend I could not have asked for.


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