Last November prominent fine-gun dealer Steve Barnett of West Point, Mississippi, passed away, a victim of cancer. Barnett had established a business widely known for its high-quality inventory and excellent customer service. The fine-gun trade would have been at a loss had the business passed with him.
But it has been announced that Steve Barnett Fine Guns will continue in name and philosophy under Barnett’s stepson, August Morris (pictured here). Morris came into Barnett’s life when Barnett married Morris’s mother, Joan. Starting when he was 12, Morris remembers helping out at the many gun shows Barnett attended. Later Morris worked as Barnett’s first photographer, taking images of hundreds of guns. In his early 20s Morris spent several years organizing large event shows, and then he went to work as an analyst for Chevron. He also received a master’s degree in computer science. But for the past two years Morris had been back working with Barnett.
Speaking about the business, Morris said, “I don’t want to change anything and will continue on the way my dad, Steve, would have.”
Outside the shop, Morris and his wife, Brooke, enjoy good food and wine. Morris also finds time for duck and quail hunting, and he especially enjoys the traditional Mississippi Delta dove opener with family.
“We’re not going anywhere,” Morris said, “and our West Point showroom is still open by appointment.”
For more information, visit stevebarnettfineguns.com.