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Pyne, J.M. J.M. Pyne was created by Lucian Cary and appeared in ten stories in The Saturday Evening Post and The Passing Show from 1934 to 1940, beginning with “Johnny Gets His Gun” (The Saturday Evening Post, Apr. 14, 1934).

J.M. Pyne is a master gunsmith, one of the best rifle-makers in the world and one of the best shots who ever lived. Now in his seventies, he is content to live in a small town in the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts, very occasionally competing in shooting matches and making rifles for those who order them from him. (His rifles are famous among shootists for their quality). But trouble often finds him, whether it is gangsters pursuing Pyne’s adult son or escaped convicts who flee through the Berkshires. Pyne is crotchety, cunning, extremely knowledgeable about everything having to do with guns and shooting, and is still a top shootist, and all of these traits and skills allow him to overcome adversity and bad men.

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