Biorgraphy of
Chuck Neely

I presently live in Edgewood NM which is a community about 30 miles East of Albuuerque.  Most of my time is taken at building custom rifle stocks and doing restorations on historical firearms.  I do a lot of general gunsmithing as well. I have two daughters and two granddaughters, ages 8 and 10.

I retired from the Sherrifs Department in Albuquerque at the rank of captain.  Most of my career was spent in investigations, with emphasis on criminalistics. 

I had the opportunity to work for various international organizations after I left law enforcement.  My first mission was in Bosnia to monitor the police forces for the UN.  In 1999 and 2000 I worked as a police trainer in Kosovo and my last mission was to Baghdad teaching criminal investigation to the Iraqi Police.

Between my junior and senior years of college, I took a year off to travel the Amazon countries, mostly by dugout canoe.  After graduation and before real responsibilities, I was able to tour parts of Southeast Asia.

My present "fun to shoot" gun is a Sharps cavalry carbine in 50 70. It is well worn and has a history, but shoots quite well. The buttstock is marked "Co. C 10th Cavalry". That, of course, is the Buffalo Soldier unit of the Indian Wars. It came to me through a black family in Las Cruces; one of the family members had been stationed at Fort McCrae. I've only had it a few months but I hope to be able to trace more of its history. Cavalry companies were only about 20 men in that era and company C was involved at both Beechers Island and at the Adobe Walls fight. I plan to take it javalina hunting in January. I bet it's not the first time.


Dan Davis 2012