useful thing of its kind so far designed, one can now purchase a titanium−plated Anaconda. Food for thought.(The "Anaconda" I refer to here is the long−barreled Colt revolver in caliber 44−Magnum.)Considering the recent Christmas festivities we were reminded of an exchange that took place in lowlandScotland in the early 17th century. The English visitor looked around at smoking wreckage and disaster,ravished fields and slaughtered livestock, and exclaimed,"Good heavens, are there no Christians here?"The response was,"Nay, Sir, we be mainly Armstrongs and Elliots."Now that so many states are issuing licenses for concealed carry, and have had to come up with somethingregarded as "qualification" for the issuance, we are treated to the tiresome spectacle of the blind leading theblind. Legislatures do not know what sort of law to pass, and the qualifiers have no idea what it is they aretrying to qualify. This is okay in the big picture since it puts more armed citizens on the streets, but I amreceiving a flood of letters pointing out the inadequacy of the qualification process. You cannot "qualify" ashottist (or a pianist or an airplane pilot or a matador or a dancer) in "six easy lessons." The only sensiblething you can do is examine the applicant for his knowledge of the law as it applies to his jurisdiction. Youmay, of course, make sure he understands how to load and unload his weapon, but to try to turn him into apistolero is absurd.The legislative efforts in this line continue to be mysterious. According to the new Texas law, for example, anurse may not carry her properly licensed pistol into a hospital. As we all know, a nurse is particularlyvulnerable to violent attack, not in the corridors of the hospital, but on her way from the door to her car in thewee hours. If she really needs a sidearm, this is when she needs it, but current Texas law seems unconcerned.In answer to those of you who have written in, the Whittington dates for 1996 appear as follows:
General Rifle Class: 28 April to 3 MayGeneral Pistol Class: 14 to 19 JulyGunsite Reunion and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial: 18, 19, 20 October
Rich Wyatt (303) 232−0542
Keneyathlon: 17, 18 June
David Kahn (303) 697−9495Reluctant as we may be to compliment a dictator who prefers to be addressed as "Comrade," we arecompelled to do so in the case of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. He officially refers to homosexuals as"perverts who do not deserve civil rights." In his words,"Let the Americans keep their sodomy, bestiality, stupid and foolish ways to themselves. Letthe gays be − gay − in the United States and Europe, but they shall be sad people here."How about that?We have struck out on the Gunsite zeroing target. Our printer here in Prescott has decided that marketing it isnot economically feasible. I think very highly of this design and I think the target should be stocked on everywell−equipped rifle range. If anyone in the
is interested in grabbing onto this opportunity, I hope hewill get in touch with me.
Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume FourVol. 4, No. 12/93