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    ranedouglas
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    ….. shoot…….i just found out that duane sorensen passed away lately from a massive stroke.   i worked for them refurbishing the handpumps and warehouse mgmt……i just got of the hosp myself for a two week ordeal , but this was sad for me.   duane was the person that made it possible for a blue-collar guy to have a pcp airgun (benjamin discovery package) .    yall remeber ' compasseco ' airgun company ?   that was duane bringing in stuff from china.  yall remeber all those $75 ak-47's that were not made at baikal in russia ?   that was duane.   before sun optics, he was drawing schematics and blueprint for the cnc machines here in ft.worth to make all sorts of mounts – b-square (remember them ? even made a mount for the daisy 717 / 777 pistols.)    sun optics is now sold to a trigger outfit here around ft.worth.   jim gekeler is retired and playing golf and the drums until he moves to almagordo, nm…….there's just too many people moving into the north texas area…….easy to sell a house here tho…..   these two guys were the coolest people i have ever worked for.  duane kept the handpump part for himself , which was the deal that kinda helped start sun optics.   that's how i met them – i screwed up my benji pump.   there was a younger fella that did the stuff i did (repair pumps) until i ended in the hospital from a badly infected dog bite (jim made me go in, but i had no idea how serious i was infected) .   i have a few reseal kits and i have offered to rebuild them if need be….not sure how that is being handled now duane is gone and all the handpump stuff is at his house.   duane had full military honors – 21 gun salute – the whole 9 yards at his funeral in nebraska where his large family has a 600 acre farm.   he was an army 1st cav sniper, and pretty good long range shooter from what i understand..   …i guess i wont be seeing them at the airgun show here in few weeks……shoot….           God-speed, duane.    – paul douglas self.   – rane air .

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    xsarfc9x
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    Sad to hear. Duane was always helpful and friendly. I remember him mailing me a new base for a pump for free when i had an issue with my early model Benj pump. Prayers for his family and friends. 

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    likkitysplyt
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    I am soooo sorry to hear of Duane passing … he was a very impressive man who always went above and beyond trying to bring the best to his customers and put so much of himself into his various endeavors. It was not uncommon for you to call Sun Optics and have Duane be the one who picked up the phone. You tell him what your problem is and he has the resolution in his mind even before you have finished telling him the problem … a lot of the time he would ship whatever component you might need to you free of charge … it wasn't all dollars and cents with Duane, he loved this sport and had quite a nice collection of guns gathered over the years. Yes, he was a Vietnam veteran, didn't talk too much about it, but if I remember correctly (and I could be wrong) but I was thinking he was a sniper with the 1st Air Cav near Pleiku, we exchanged a few old war stories from when I provided medical support for our own snipers … not a fun thing to do. Kinda like pop one and wait for another to try and drag him back until you could stack them up. Anyway, he was a very friendly person who was intimately concerned with the overall satisfaction of his customers. I know we were all waiting for his compressor to come out for years but it hit so many roadblocks to where Duane was almost ready to give up on the project. One thing is for sure, people like Duane don't grow on trees they're kinda rare … but when you do, they are to be prized and respected and honored. Condolences and prayers for the whole family, this old world is a little less with his passing, he may be gone but not forgotten … though the music may have ended, the melody lingers on. 

    John

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    It's a short pony ride.

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    ranedouglas
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    …maybe you're right – maybe it was the army…lemme edit that part.  he shot competively at long ranges (600+ yards)….i do remember him telling me that….i dunno if it was while he was still enlisted or what.  i was working there when he got some problem with his heart and had to quit smoking – but that only lasted for a few months.  i never gave him much shit about that, tho.   even after watching my grandpa die from winston cigs…….they knew about my vodka struggles , so i sure wasnt in a place to speak out against bad habits…..    but i reckon that's what caused that stroke he went thru from 8 am till 4pm.  jim gekeler said he was brain dead after that and after a few weeks in hospice, they pulled the plug.   the thought of him stoking out for 8 hrs by himself hurts, man.     – paul.  

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