David Royal is a native of Ocala, Florida, where he hunted with his Savage 99EG during his teenage years. After moving to California he started restoring vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This led to the motorcycles being featured in magazines, books, and calendars. Hollywood also rented the bikes for films. Already an avid photographer, he learned a great deal about photography and lighting by observing and working with motorcycle photographers and movie cameramen. He was hired on a freelance basis to write articles and do some photography for several motorcycle magazines. He moved to Wyoming in 2005, the year he got seriously into collecting Savage Model 99s. His enthusiasm for the rifle led him to write this book.