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August 16, 2003


There were a few moments there when I wondered just how long it would take for Toronto the Good to turn into Toronto the Bad if it looked like food, gasoline and power were going to be interrupted for more than a day or two.


Fortunately, my temperment is one of grave pondering and icy silence. Ok, maybe not. Time to learn how to do some three-dimensional double-fisted shootin' with the deadly art of Gunkata!

"The Gun Katas: Through analysis of thousands of recorded gun fights, the Cleric has determined that the geometric distribution of antagonists in any gun battle is a statistically predictable element.

The Gun Kata treats the gun as a total weapon. Each new position representing a maximum kill zone, inflicting maximum damage on the maximum number of opponents, while keeping the defendant clear of the statistically traditional trajectories of return fire."

The precaution of gun-ownership struck me as an entirely sensible one and bugout bag preparation is now toward the top of my to-do list. Flea-readers with suggestions for surviving the forthcoming collapse of Canadian civilization are welcome to comment on current gun legislation and weapon-of-choice.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 16, 2003 01:34 PM


Para-Ordnance P14-45, because you just can't go wrong with a .45 calibre pistol (especially if you can get a full-size magazine in the US), and it's even Canadian-made. :-)

Posted by: Paul Jané at August 16, 2003 05:57 PM

Plus the .45 has more stopping power than the 9mm. Folks I know in the U.S. Army who got the 9mm's after I left (I was raised on the Colt .45) said that it would take three or more 9mm shells to knock somebody down, whereas the .45 would do it in one.

Always best to use something that allows you to practice good conservation (of ammo) habits.


Posted by: Fred Kiesche at August 16, 2003 08:44 PM

So it's Canadian made and environmentally friendly! I am going to Google this sucker and see what I need to budget. Are we allowed to own hand-guns in Canada anymore?

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at August 16, 2003 08:49 PM

Sweet. This Para products site lists the P14-45. Ok, so the "14" is for fourteen round capacity? Yet the website claims that in Canada and the United States this is restricted to ten rounds for non-police or military use. Clearly, I need to do some research! Another site claims this weapon is available with a light alloy or carbon steel frame. What difference would this choice make in terms of price and performance?

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at August 16, 2003 08:58 PM

Yes, the 14 is for 14 round capacity in the full-size magazine, which you can't get up here, but it is pretty easy to find in the US.

I use 10-round magazines on mine, but only because I haven't had the time to do any shopping when I've been in the US lately.

Personally, I'd recommend the P14-15 Ltd. in stainless steel (because of the stainless steel and the fact that it won't need any gunsmithing).

I don't have the Limited model, but the carbon steel version, which I am very happy with, but its trigger needed to be lightened, the hammer changed, and a beavertail safety installed. Had the Limited existed at the time, I would have just bought that one instead.

I'd stay away from light alloy if I were you. Weight is a good thing when it comes to guns.

Oh, and yes, we are allowed to own handguns in Canada, I wouldn't have three of them otherwise. *lol*

If you have any questions, e-mail me.


Posted by: Paul Jané at August 16, 2003 11:05 PM

Basically, to own a pistol, you need a Possession and Acquisition Licence with a Restricted weapons notation. To get that, you take the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course and get the licence. After that, you go to your friendly neighbourhood gun seller and order what you want. And they'll explain the process from there.

Posted by: Dr_Funk at August 17, 2003 09:49 PM

Thanks for the tips guys. The Flea-budget is looking better this year due to my full teaching load but the out-goings still mean this next purchase will have to wait awhile. It looks like there are quite a few people in Toronto who teach the Restricted Firearms Safety Course... Can anyone recommend a particular instructor?

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at August 19, 2003 11:15 AM

I can't recommend any being in Montreal, just prepare yourself for two days of utter boredom, and people telling you such obvious things as not to point a weapon at anyone, avoid cleaning your gun when it's loaded, and so on...

Posted by: Paul Jané at August 19, 2003 11:51 AM