George Nonte

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Major George C. Nonte Jr. (February 9, 1926 – June 30, 1978) was an American expert on firearms and handloading a prolific magazine writer, and the author of more than a dozen books.

Nonte was born on February 9, 1926 in Monticello, Illinois.[1] He was the son of George C. Nonte Sr., (b. Dec. 17, 1898 d. Oct. 6, 1959.) George Jr. entered the U.S. Army late in WWII and retired 20 years later, in 1964, as an Ordnance Corps Major. He was stationed in Europe, the Middle East, and in the United States. Following his retirement from the Army, he sporadically did private contract consulting work for a US government agency, throughout the 1960s and 1970s, much of it overseas. Nonte authored more than a thousand magazine articles that were published in dozens of outdoor and gun magazines, including The American Rifleman, Guns & Ammo, and Shooting Times.

He was a recognized expert in the firearms field. In the 1950s he began a long career as a writer on handloading and guns, and was listed in the mastheads of more than ten firearms publications.

Nonte frequently gave court testimony as an expert witness on firearms.

Nonte was peripherally involved in the investigation of the asassination of John F. Kennedy. At the time or Kennedy's death, Nonte was an Ordnance Corps Captain, stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. An investigative report by Ray and Mary La Fontaine, published by the Washington Post in August, 1994 mentioned Nonte, and alluded to him running guns with Jack Ruby, but provided no conclusive evidence. Reports identified Nonte as "cooperative" with the FBI in the Kennedy asassination investigation, and that he assisted the FBI with information about a renegade operation by Cuban exiles that planned to invade Cuba, following the Bay of Pigs invasion. The same information was repeated in Ray and Mary La Fontaine's book Oswald Talked, published in 1996.

Nonte died in his office at work June 30, 1978.

The Major George C. Nonte Award for Excellence in Firearms Journalism is awarded annually, in Nonte's memory, by American Handgunner magazine. The first recipient of the award was Massad Ayoob.

His wife was Theresa England Nonte.[2]

One of his daughters, Yvette, became a US Army Intelligence officer, and retired as a full Colonel.[3]

Partial bibliography

  • Pistol Guide ~ Complete, Fully Illustrated Guide to Selecting, Shooting, Caring for and Collecting Pistols of All Types - 1980
  • Handgun Competition: A comprehensive sourcebook covering all aspects of modern competitive pistol and revolver shooting - July 1978
  • Handloading for Handgunners - 1978
  • Walther P-38 Pistol Manual - 1975
  • Pistol & Revolver Guide - 1975
  • Home Guide to Muzzle-Loaders - 1974
  • To Stop a Thief: The Complete Guide to House, Apartment and Property Protection - 1974
  • Pistolsmithing - 1974 (slightly revised and reprinted in 1977 and 1981)
  • Firearms Encyclopedia - Various iterative editions starting in 1973
  • Modern Handloading - 1972
  • Complete Book of the Air Gun 1970
  • Gunsight Guide (Complete, Photographically illustrated Guide to the selection, mounting & use of sights and scopes.) - 1968
  • The Home Guide to Cartridge Conversions - 1967, revised 1986
  • Cartridge Conversions - 1961