Tony Walker was born in York, one of England's oldest cities, founded by the Romans in 71 AD.
In his varied career, he has, among other things, driven a bus, sold insurance, worked as an archivist, looking after medieval documents, owned a gun store, and he was also a market trader in London, where he sold antiques, (some of which were actually genuine!), and military memorabilia (some of which were 'Snides'!).
He was also heavily involved in the shooting sports, and has been a firearms instructor for more than thirty years. In addition, he ran defensive handgun classes in England at Delta Training, which was the premier shooting school in the UK.
His students included military personnel, police, and even the occasional TV actor and actress, who needed to learn how to shoot and handle firearms in a realistic way for their roles.
After moving from London to Arizona in 1993, he now lives in Scottsdale, where he runs a firearms school, SAS Training, with his wife Vannessa (known to him as the Amazon Queen), who is also an experienced firearms instructor.
His articles have been published in numerous shooting and collector magazines, in the USA, UK, Australia and South Africa.
His interests include reading (history and biographies), photography, collecting old maps and prints, shooting, old movies, and drinking gin & tonic (while the sun is up), and Jameson Irish whiskey (after sundown).
He has also embarked on a career as a novelist. His first book was Snides, and introduced John Pilgrim, British ex-SAS trooper and military antiques specialist, and Sally Brandon, feisty sharp shooting American investigative journalist. When these two get together, bullets fly, and the bad guys die!
Right now, he's working on a third novel, titled Pilgrim’s Luger, which sees Pilgrim buying an old pistol, which turns out to be one of the long-lost .45 caliber Lugers used in the 1907 US Army tests.