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Over the Counter by Eddy Pretorius

Planning and Practice

I am an old man who has been around the block a few times, with some scars to show for it. One thing life has taught me is that the only fair fight is in a ring with a weight division, rules, and a referree.  There is no such thing on the street.

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Survival of the fittest

What does ‘ survival’ mean? Is it eating bugs and lizards in the jungles, deserts and wastelands of the world? Or is it avoiding becoming a statistic in South Africa’s murder and robbery rate?

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By Eddy Pretorius

Ins-and-Outs of applying for a firearm licence

There are several steps involved in acquiring a firearm licence

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Characters and Loony Tunes

Twenty years in the trade, and I think I have met them all. It’s a wonder that I haven’t become a loony myself.

Gunsmiths are a dying breed by Eddy Pretorius

Just as in any profession, you get those who know and can and those who think they know and can’t. Gunsmiths are no different. In the years I have been in the trade, I have been fortunate to work with some good ones.

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Good Intentions

January was the month of New Year’s resolutions. I wonder how many gun owners made any of the below-mentioned promises on New Year’s Eve:  

Over the Counter:  Consider the Cs
Eddy does it by the alphabet

OVER THE COUNTER By Eddy Pretorius


While advising a client on a handgun choice for self-defence, it struck me that all the aspects to take into consideration begin with the letter ‘C’. 

Collecting and knowledge
There is so much more to firearms that makes them interesting than just shooting them. Ask any collector.

Protect yourself

After 50 years of shooting, I no longer hear as well as I should. I find that if I am talking to a client with my head bent, as it would be if I were completing a document, I often have to ask them to repeat themselves. I am not alone when it comes to this impediment as I have spoken with many older shooters whose favourite phrase is, “say again”. We brought it all on ourselves by not protecting our hearing when we were younger....