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Now there are no more excuses

Balancing time between work and family often allows little time for hobbies.

The Ubiquitous .22 Long Rifle Cartridge

by Eddy Pretorius

Fifty years ago, I acquired my first firearm, a Star Model F in .22 LR, from Kings Sports in Durban. My second, purchased from Kings for the princely sum of R50, was a Brno rifle, also in .22 LR. At that time, I knew precious little about firearms or ammunition. You could have written on your palm and forgotten all I had been taught in Police College. However, it was these two firearms that began my education in shooting and ballistics.

Consider the C's

by Eddy Pretorius

While advising a client how choosing a handgun for self-defence and daily concealed carry, I noticed that all my points began with a ‘C’. Hence ‘Consider the Cs’ was born. What follows is really common sense (the first C). However, common sense is not really that common, now is it?

Over the Counter: The Departure Lounge

by Eddy Pretorius

Recently I met with an old friend who had come to me seeking advice on how to dispose of his collection of Mauser rifles, bespoke shotguns, and other firearms acquired over a lifetime of collecting. It was nice seeing him, but sad as well, as he is soon to be on dialysis for renal failure. Peter has accepted this with grace and serenity, like the Peter I have known for over 20 years.

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?


By Eddy Pretorius

Ins-and-Outs of applying for a firearm licence

There are several steps involved in acquiring a firearm licence

Over the counter by Eddy Pretorius

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: