POMA, NSSF Present Grits Gresham Award

The recipient, Stephen Hunter, is an avid shooter and author of more than a dozen novels. He is known for exacting technical details about firearms and shooting.

Tom Gresham (left) presents the POMA/NSSF Award to author Stephen Hunter.
Tom Gresham (left) presents the POMA/NSSF Award to author Stephen Hunter.Staff Photo

The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) honored novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Hunter with the prestigious POMA/NSSF Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award. The award recognizes extraordinary achievements in communications and support of our hunting heritage and firearms freedoms.

Hunter, an avid shooter, is a 40-year veteran author of more than a dozen novels and is known for exacting technical details about firearms and shooting.

His 1993 novel Point of Impact was made into the movie Shooter, starring Mark Wahlberg, which grossed almost $100 million. The character is also the subject of a currently running TV show. His latest novel is Game of Snipers, which continues the wildly successful series featuring American sniper Bob Lee Swagger. In his 2001 novel Pale Horse Coming, Hunter built the plot around characters based loosely on famous gun writers of the past.

Tom Gresham, Grits Gresham’s son and host of the nationally syndicated Gun Talk Radio, presented Hunter with the award Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve been a Stephen Hunter fan since 1980, when I read Master Sniper,” said Gresham. “I remember thinking then that this guy knows guns and is bringing technical accuracy to popular fiction. The attention and widespread following Hunter’s novels garnered have caused other writers to work harder to get the details right on firearms. Stephen also has exposed the world of the law-abiding gun owner to a greater audience.”

“As a lover of hunting literature from Hemingway to Ruark to Capstick, and particularly the work of the great gun writers, it’s an unexpected honor to be selected by POMA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation for this award,” Hunter said. “It’s a pleasure to be included with some of the best outdoor and firearms writers of our time.”