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  • January 30, 2009

    Petzal: Fan Mail

    By David E. Petzal

    The late G. Sitton was the most gifted gun writer of the generation that is now fading from sight. During the 1980s he moved to Arizona and whored after false gods by writing advertising copy. We kept in touch, however, and once in a while he would send me a fan letter. This one is reproduced exactly as he wrote it, and is in response to an article I did in the 1989 Gun Digest entitled, “I Sold All My Lovely Wood.”

  • January 29, 2009

    Bourjaily: You Saw It Here First

    By Phil Bourjaily

    First Blood

  • January 28, 2009

    Petzal: Random Wisdom from SCI

    By David E. Petzal

    Whilst taking in the splendor of the SCI Convention, I was treated to three insightful quotes. Here they are.

    “You know what the trouble with some of these gun companies is? They’re run by yuppies who don’t know anything about guns. They’ve all got MBAs and they draw up a business plan and when it doesn’t work they still stick with it because it’s The Plan and they don’t know enough to do anything else.”
    —S.C., a grim and grizzled gun writer.*

  • January 27, 2009

    Bourjaily: Pistol Packin' Paula

    By Phil Bourjaily

    As always when  SHOT Show comes to Orlando, you can find plenty of  girls with guns. What's hard to find, though, is a girl with guns who knows how to use them. Here is Pistol Packin‚ Paula, who is definitely not your standard booth babe. Paula has been twirling six-shooters for 16 years, and entertains crowds with fancy gun handling and riding. She shoots balloons off horseback, getting close enough to pop them with blanks.

    "I can't use live ammunition or I'd kill my audience," she says.

  • January 26, 2009

    Petzal: Getting Lucky in New York

    By David E. Petzal

    World Peace Declared; Dow Tops 15,000; New York State Gets Pro-Gun U.S. Senator

  • January 23, 2009

    Bourjaily: What'll It Be?

    By Phil Bourjaily


  • January 20, 2009

    Bourjaily: How Was Your Season?

    By Phil Bourjaily

  • January 16, 2009

    Bourjaily: The New Benelli Vinci

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Sometimes new guns aren't ready for SHOT Show. What manufacturers usually do is cobble together a prototype, show it to us and lie about when we'll see production models. Not Benelli.

  • January 16, 2009

    Petzal: SHOT Show Update

    By David E. Petzal

    The horror, the horror…

    Anyway, before we get into guns, you all heard about the jet that took a swim in the Hudson River yesterday because a flock of birds flew into the engines. According to a friend of mine who works for the Federal wildlife control service, the person who got the bird-control stopped at New York City airports was Madam Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Apparently Hillary heard they were killing birds and made a phone call. Now she is off to bring peace to the world. I will not hold my breath.

  • January 16, 2009

    Bourjaily: A Sign of the Times

    By Phil Bourjaily

    The picture here sums up my first impression of the  2009 SHOT Show. "Tactical" is the word. That's the Woolrich tactical booth, which conjures up images of Elmer Fudd rapelling down the side of a building.

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