(June 2004 Quips)

1 June 04 On “custom” pistols, from an affiliate instructor: “A student arrived at the range last week, showing off his shinny, new SA ‘Custom Operator’ 1911 pistol w/light rails. He told of the months he had to wait to get it from SA’s...

(May 2004 Quips)

5 May 04 Manual Decocking: Last weekend we had a woman join us for a Basic Defensive Handgun Course in MI. She brought with her a S&W 3913LS (“Lady” Smith). The single-column 9mm pistol fit her hand well, and it was light enough for her to carry it...

(April 2004 Quips)

1 Apr 04 Addendum to Carjackings in SA: “An add-on to your carjacking posting: We just had another highly publicized incident here. A family, moving from Johannesburg to Cape Town, was forced of the road. The husband/father was shot immediately. He is currently...

(March 2004 Quips)

2 Mar 04 “Polite Society” My good friend and colleague, Tom Givens, hosted the 2004 “Polite Society” defensive shooting seminar and clinic last weekend at his wonderful Ringmasters indoor facility in Memphis, TN. I spoke at the event, along...

(February 2004 Quips)

3 Feb 04 On serious pistols, from a friend in the Philippines: As you know, I am one of few foreigners here allowed to carry concealed firearms legally. Like so many, I love the 1911, but give me a Glock when I have to fight in the mud, the blood, the beer, and maybe...

(January 2004 Quips)

3 Jan 04 From a friend in SA who owns a gunshop: “Just had a seven Australian Army SpecOps guys in my shop. They raved about how we are able to own such great stuff here in SA: knives, pistols, batons, pepper spray, etc. I found it strange coming from military...