Phil Massaro named 2019 John T. Amber Literary Award Winner.

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Phil Massaro

An old hand on the Safari circuit, Phil Massaro knows his way around dangerous game rifles. This knowledge has earned the New York native his share of heads on his trophy wall and a place in some of the country’s most illustrious gun publications. Recently, it also bagged him another prize, though not the kind with a goring risk involved.

Phil Massaro was chosen as the 2019 winner of the John T. Amber Literary Award. The accomplished hunter, custom ammunition manufacturer and writer earned the rare honor for his article British Style, German Engineered, detailing the Heym Model 89B double rifle that appeared in the 2018 edition of Gun Digest. Never content to simply put a gun through its pace purely off the firing line, Massaro evaluated the fine double gun on the hunt in Mozambique where he matched it against Cape buffalo. The Hemingwayesque exposé not only proved highly informative, but also wildly entertaining – all the elements of an Amber Award winner.

In addition to writing for Gun Digest annual, Massaro is the editor of Handloader’s Digest, 19th Edition and has written a number of books for the publisher, including Gun Digest Shooter’s Guide to Reloading, Understanding Ballistics and most recently Gun Digest Big Book of Ballistics. He is also a host of Modern Shooter TV and has a monthly column on reloading in Gun Digest the Magazine, drawing from his years of custom ammunition manufacturing for his business, Massaro Ballistic Laboratories.

The John T. Amber Award is presented each year to a Gun Digest Contributor whose work demonstrates significant knowledge of the subject matter through experience and research, and also for the ability to express it in a way to inform, inspire and entertain the annual’s readers. The award is named for the late John Amber, who served as the editor of Gun Digest from 1951 to 1979 and is fondly remembered by many readers and industry people of his knowledge and love of fie firearms. Read more about Massaro and the John T. Amber Literary Award in Gun Digest 2019.


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