I had no idea that this well-known firearms author was so shady...
I've always thought a good conman would have to be a pretty good actor.While Wilson has been proven a crook, dismissing all he has written would be folly. Lots of crooks remain studied experts in one field or another even after their fall from grace.
For those with interest, R.L. ("Larry") Wilson appeared (starred) in a widely acclaimed motion picture.
"In the Blood", was written, directed and produced by George Butler, who was also the director and producer of the films to which Arnold Schwarzenegger literally owes his launch to fame: "Pumping Iron" and "Pumping Iron II".
It is a VERY good film (documentary) about the issues and ethics regarding hunting and centers around an African safari where Teddy Roosevelt's "Big Stick" (a double rifle) is brought along (perhaps supplied by Wilson or his rich real-estate mogul buddy along for the ride), as well as Teddy Roosevelt IV and Teddy Roosevelt V.
Butler's kid uses the gun to take a Cape Buffalo.
The film toggles back and forth in time with archival footage of President Roosevelt's 1909 safari with his son Kermit (Teddy said "screw it" with politics and went hunting rather than run for another term).
An excellent film, marvelously photographed, and a "must see" for youngsters learning to hunt, or those with questions about the larger implications of big game hunting.. also, it came out in 1989: presumably when Larry Wilson was "deep in the thick of things" toward being a crook.