13 May 14

“How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?”

Charles de Gaulle

Full Circle!

Popular Chief of the LAPD, Charlie Beck, was photographed today carrying on his waist a (are you ready for this?) 1911 pistol, with hammer in full-cock position!

Recruits entering the famous LAPD Academy, as little as thirty years ago. were told sternly that the 1911 pistol was:

>Excessively dangerous

>Could not be safely carried “cocked & locked”


>Prone to NDs

>Shot a bullet that was “too fat”

>Preferred by criminals and other low-life. Certainly not a proper “police” gun!

.. all so recruits wouldn’t want a copy for themselves.

Well, how do you do?

How things change, including philosophies, within thirty years, eh?

When I was a pre-teen, I was told Limburger cheese was so pungent as to be virtually inedible, so I never tried it. Today, my grandchildren love it. I guess they didn’t get the same memo!

Experienced Operators can’t help but develop personal weapon preferences, but we all need to be comfortable, safe, and competent with any gun we get our hands on, no matter how foreign or “obsolete!”

“It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense!”

Mark Twain