Anyhow, the S&W/California Highway Patrol imbroglio continues apace. Here's the original story. Essentially, the CHIPpies decided to replace their aging S&W 4006s with almost 10,000 shiny new S&W 4006TSWs. Such things are competitive bid siutations, but the only other bidder, SIGARMS, was disqualified because it turns out SIG doesn't make a Smith & Wesson .40 pistol. Hmmmm...in Californication, that's known as "business as usual." SIG is less than enthused — this from the morning's SHOOTING WIRE:
Exeter, N.H's SigArms, Inc., is claiming California Highway Patrol (CHP) broke the law when it recently awarded a contract for more than 9,000 pistols to Springfield, Massachusetts-based Smith & Wesson...Here at Poo-Flinging Blog World Command, we thing CHIPpies should be issued rubber band guns if for no other reason than Eric Estrada...there is no statute of limitations for bad taste!
I spent the weekend at the Sportsmen's Team Challenge in San Antonio, mostly hanging out with my old pal Jim Clark of Clark Custom Guns in Louisiana. Jim and I started shooting IPSC about the same time (i.e., when the shift from flintlocks to percussion pistols was almost complete), although Jim had been shooting matches under the tutelage of his father, the great pistol-meister Jim Clark Senior, since Jim Jr. was in his crib. Jim Jr., of course, has both genetics and shooting talent — Jim Clark's dog actually shoots better than I do! I'm goign to get down to Louisiana pretty soon and give you guys a whole show on Jim...
I also ran into my erstwile competititor Jim Scoutten for the first time since he found a home on the The Outdoor Channel. How's the deal going, I asked?
"I'm not going to say anything to you about that," Scoutten said, "because every word of what I say will end up on that damn blog."
Say it ain't so!