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Lee E. Jurras passing

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Topic: Lee E. Jurras passing
Posted By: signedchecks
Subject: Lee E. Jurras passing
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2017 at 4:27pm
Just a quick note to let you know that Mr. Lee Jurras passed away at approximately 235AM this morning at his home in Columbus, In.  Lee had been battling cancer for quite some time.  I spent quite a bit of time with Lee over the past couple years.  He taught me many things and was an amazing guy.  One of my best times was when we met in Shelbyville for lunch and he took me to the old Super Vel plant for a tour.    Rest In Peace Lee.  You will be greatly missed by many! 

Posted By: signedchecks
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2017 at 4:54pm
Also, a nice article and photo of Lee from a couple months ago." rel="nofollow -

Posted By: AUTOMAG
Date Posted: 24 Apr 2017 at 7:03pm
Gary, thank you for the information.

Rest in Peace Lee, you will be missed my friend!!

"This is the 44 Magnum Auto Mag and holds a 300 grain cartridge and if properly used it can remove the fingerprints"!!!

Posted By: usrguns
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2017 at 1:33am
Knew he was sick, but I thought he relocated to New Mexico!!Cry

If you can't have fun doing it, then don't do it.

Posted By: Luc V.
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2017 at 6:01pm
Another interesting man gone, I loved to talk ballistics and reloading with him.
May he rest in peace, and hope he find the eternal huntingfields.

Posted By: Dances with AutoMags
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2017 at 6:07pm
Lee had a case (unknown number) of his Super-Vel ashtrays stolen from him many years ago.  J. Edgar Hoover was said to have had one on his desk at the FBI.  These ashtrays may re-surface with Lee gone.
Many years ago, a collector had sets of the Super-Vel (Auto Mag) newsletters made up, in color in a smaller format.  Lee wanted a "remuneration" from the collector.  He wouldn't pay it.  I expect to see these newsletters showing up for sale.
There is a phony, made to deceive, Backpacker out there, serial number BB-3. 
Collectors should beware of "recently discovered" Jurras items that are now for sale. 
R.I.P.  Mr. Jurras

An armed society is a polite society.

Posted By: signedchecks
Date Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 10:33pm
I believe I remember Lee saying there were about 100-125 ashtrays that were taken.  I cant remember who he thought took them.  They are pretty hard to come across.  Sometimes one may come up on ebay or Gunbroker.  

Posted By: chopperlar
Date Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 10:57pm
It was SO SAD to hear about Lee πŸ™ We lost a really good man &. Friend , "RIP" Lee ,,,

Posted By: desertmoon
Date Posted: 02 May 2017 at 1:18am
I had just gotten home from holding my ex-wife's dead hand in the hospital ( she passed on Monday night ) and I got an email from Patrick letting me know Lee had died.

Lee was one of my childhood heroes and it was like a double slap for me.

I was so VERY fortunate to hang with him and have some fun times on the Kodiak board before it went south.

Lee was so awesome and I am so honored to have been able to interact with him.

Posted By: Pasadena-Joe
Date Posted: 02 May 2017 at 5:56pm
Originally posted by chopperlar chopperlar wrote:

It was SO SAD to hear about Lee πŸ™ We lost a really good man &. Friend , "RIP" Lee ,,,

he came from nothin, he ran with the big boys and he gave the best of them a run for the money.

never see another one like him.  -joe

Posted By: Pasadena-Joe
Date Posted: 02 May 2017 at 5:57pm
there I finally said something nice.  -joe

Posted By: Pasadena-Joe
Date Posted: 07 May 2017 at 3:41pm
Find it kinda interesting that Lee's GOOD friends either dont know or for what ever reason dont bother to note his passing on either of the other two AutoMag sites.

Wonder how soon something will show up on their sites now that I mentioned it here.  -joe

Posted By: BEEMER1
Date Posted: 07 May 2017 at 4:46pm
Originally posted by Pasadena-Joe Pasadena-Joe wrote:

Find it kinda interesting that Lee's GOOD friends either dont know or for what ever reason dont bother to note his passing on either of the other two AutoMag sites.

Wonder how soon something will show up on their sites now that I mentioned it here.  -joe

I too am surprised, especially Bert's website.  They have had a lot of contact with each other in the last 10 or so years.

Posted By: Pasadena-Joe
Date Posted: 16 May 2017 at 4:03am
Lee Jurras Obituary

Lee E. Jurras, 82, passed from this life early on the morning of April 24, a victim of the ravages of cancer. During his last hours he was attended by good friend Mike Hatfield and Lisele Bockes, his loving caretaker for the last portion of his life. As per Lee’s wishes, there were no funeral services and his ashes will be scattered over a caprock area of New Mexico.

Born in Florida, Lee spent his growing up years years in Florida, California, and Indiana. In his late teens he served in the U. S. Marine Corp, first in the reserves and then active duty. His involvement in the shooting sports while growing up, then Marine Corp firearms training, and participation in target pistol competition significantly shaped his later life.

After His USMC service, he returned to Indiana where he attended embalming school and embarked on several careers, often more than one at a time. He worked as an embalmer, worked in the family paving business, worked as a photographer, as a business owner, locksmith, gunmaker, gunsmith, and writer.

It was as a business owner of Super Vel Cartridge Corp. that he truly made his mark. He saw a stagnation in the development and marketing of high performance handgun ammunition. Seeking to fill this gap, Lee joined forces with a financing partner and put his visions into reality. By his ingenuity and hard work. he made Super Vel the leading ammunition for police needs, self protection, and hunting.

During this time he organized and sponsored the annual Outstanding American Handgunner Award to recognize the person who did most to promote the sport of handgun hunting.

Lee became fascinated by the development of a new powerful autoloading handgun called Auto Mag. When he obtained his first one, he stayed up all night disassembling and studying the gun. After the sale of Super Vel, He dealt with the maker of Auto Mag, designing and assembling his own custom version of the gun. The guns he made are now highly prized by collectors. Additionally, he formed a club for Auto Mag shooters, collectors, and fans, giving them up to date information on new products, reloading data, etc.

After Auto Mag production ceased, Lee focused his talents on the Thompson/Center Contender pistol. Again, he designed and built his own version of the pistol, calling it the Howdah. This gun was also well received by collectors and shooters.

During these periods of his life, Lee found time to go hunting. In addition to many, many varmints, he took more than a hundred head of big game most with a handgun.

Knowing that to have good friends, one must be a good friend, Lee developed great friendships with a huge number of people, both inside and outside his areas of endeavor.

We miss him and are saddened by his departure. Lee was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Alecia Halberstadt Jurras and grandson Jacob Manning. He is survived by daughters Michelle Mayberry of Hagerman, NM and Nannette Manning of Bluffton, SC as well as three grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and sisterJamar Schessow of Santa Monica, CA. .

Posted By: Gerry
Date Posted: 25 May 2017 at 1:51am
Last of all the legends I grew up with.
At 63, I don't see any more on the horizon.
I will get out my Auto Mag and give him a 21 shot salute.
Semper FI


Posted By: AutoMagyar
Date Posted: 05 Jun 2017 at 5:35pm
Found out about Lee's passing a while ago, but delayed my response due to my own preoccupation with the recent passing of my mom a few weeks ago. 
I never personally knew or met Lee, but always admired him as one of the founding Auto Mag legends, and I did exchange a few private emails with him a few years back, and once mailed him a souvenir (empty) Canadian beer bottle, called "Curmudgeon India Pale Ale", just for his amusement (from Grand River Brewing Co. up here in the Great White North).  
I also share an interest in some of the old western style revolvers which I know he was also a member on one of the other forums  for.  Too bad we couldn't all have shared a day at the range with Lee sometime. 
RIP Lee. 


"Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?"

Posted By: darrell
Date Posted: 06 Jun 2017 at 6:35pm
Heard he had been sick for awhile. Sad to hear another one gone. No more "Curmudgeon" with his words of wisdom. Rest in Peace, Lee. You will be missed.


Posted By: BEEMER1
Date Posted: 06 Jul 2017 at 11:07pm
John Taffin has a very good article on Lee Jurras and his life in the September/October issue of American Handgunner which I just received tonight.

There is also a web address with lots of photos, and click on Web Blast.

I have not looked at the photos yet myself.

Added later:

I do not think the Web Blast link has been posted yet, at least I can't find it.

Posted By: BEEMER1
Date Posted: 08 Jul 2017 at 4:32pm
The article and pictures are now up on the above web address.

It's worth your time to look it up in my opinion.

Posted By: Ranchero76
Date Posted: 09 Jul 2017 at 1:25am
Real nice article, enjoyed reading it. Thanks for posting it.

Posted By: Mark F
Date Posted: 26 Sep 2017 at 4:58am
Lee was the best of all of us! I remember as a kid wishing to be like him and saving enough money from all summer to buy the .44 Auto Mag. Years later the privilege to chat with him on this forum ... WOW

May God bless the GREAT Lee Jurras and may we continue to tell his stories to are friends, children and grandchildren.

Mark Faraone

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