Val J. Forgett, Jr., (July 31, 1930 – November 25, 2002) Founder of Navy Arms Company, Inc. (1956-present) and internationally recognized as the "father of the modern replica firearms business". Forgett created over 100 different replica firearms models in his lifetime. Forgett was President of the National Firearms Museum, Chairman of the United States International Muzzle Loading Team, leading the U.S. to five consecutive World Championships, a feat unmatched to this day. An avid big-game hunter, Forgett was recognized by Safari Club International (SCI) as the first person in over 100 years to take all "Big Five" game species of Africa (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and Cape buffalo) with a muzzle-loading rifle.
When Forgett died in 2002 from the effects of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare blood cancer, numerous firearms magazines published memorials of his life, including:
- Guns & Ammo ("The Passing of a Legend": http://www.gunsandammomag.com/in_the_field/forgett_0625/index.html)
- National Shooting Sports Foundation: http://www.wmsa.net/organizations/nssf/021202.htm
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