Senior Editor, Frederic Franklyn Faust makes his living writing about the history and technology of military and commercial weapons.
Unlike most kids of his era, growing up, Fredric Faust's first firearm was not a .22 rifle, but rather a military surplus high-powered rifle. Faust scrimped and saved wages earned at a Sporting Goods store, where he worked nights and weekends, in order to buy a Lee-Enfield Rifle No. 5 Mark I. Then, to be able to afford firing the Jungle Carbine, he reloaded commercial brass cases using a Lyman 310 tool and dies. As an Explorer Scout in a firearms and camping focused post he fired at paper targets once a week for two years.
After high school Binnie enlisted in the United States Army, became a paratrooper, trained in Military Intelligence and was assigned to a Special Forces unit overseas. He qualifed as an expert marksman with both the M14 and M16 rifles.
After the military he used the GI Bill to attend journalism school at the University of Iowa. Ultimately, he became a professional writer with hundreds of articles published in newspapers and magazines around the world.
Mr. Faust is currently the editor of ShootersReport.com, a provider of online articles about firearms, ammunition, reloading, shooting and shooting accessories. Coverage details commercial and military firearms, reloading data and tools, as well as marksmanship principles and gunsmithing methods and techniques.