Monthly Archives: December 2013


Guns & Roses

Nobody doesn’t care about Firearms. Hated or loved, no one is ambivalent about their purpose, beauty and engineering excellence. The same could be said for the men and women who carry them.

I’ve never been much of a Joiner.  I left Cub Scouts on the second meeting and resented school for as long as it lasted.  The same with firearms organizations.  So when it comes time to show my Credentials as a Firearms Instructor, there isn’t much to show there either.

In those heady days when IPPSC was just being formed and a certain Colonel Jeff Cooper began to question the old ways.  “Defensive Pistol” became a hot topic in the gun world.  About that time a few of us formed a club that was closed to the public and further membership.  We hired a Dozer to make a backstop and began to work on our game.  Our Club members were “working” people.  Jewelers in New York City, a Private Detective; even a Pizza Delivery guy who worked in Trenton New Jersey.  You could always tell when he was on the firing line because he was the only one who held his hand in the air as if holding a pizza.  We weren’t learning to shoot, we were learning to live.

1873 Peace Maker.  It won the West and Kept the Peace.

1873 Peace Maker. It won the West and Kept the Peace.

Going through my papers, I found a couple ear warn Diplomas; two From the NRA and one, that I’m far more proud of from Norm Engelhardt’s NPI (Northeast Pistol Institute). Today however, another Testimonial arrived as an attachment from my friend and old Club Member, Emanuel (Manny) Kapelsohn.

Merry Christmas and an Enlightening New Year,

Paul Furlong


Old photo of Larry.  I had my camera but we just shot the day away with our pistols.

I arrived at about ten to eight; no one there.  Good I thought, I’ll have time to mount some targets and plan a course of fire.

But the river kept me transfixed as it gurgled by, it was a beautiful day and I began to think it would be cool if no one showed.  Then my friends Dan and Joanne drove in.  Always good to see them.  I started wiping the fiddling table of water and grit.

We soon had targets up as we chatted about new taxes, life, babies and the great winter we’re having.  Finally Greg arrived with his new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield from “Hurican” in Alajuela (who also sells Mil-Comm Products).

So we shot till we were out of ammo.  We played with my laser sight but it wasn’t bright enough.  I suppose those green ones are better but I’ve never seen one.  The trick is to keep the surprise factor going for the shooter.  If we make out a dance card and everyone steps right, shoots the closest target and moves to cover over here; what happens if a target not on the sequence suddenly lights up and begins firing?  In a real fire fight there are people trying to flank you.  Everything is moving and we should train for more surprises.  There are some very expensive ways to make this happen.  I want to do it cheap.  Suggestions are welcome from the club.

Speaking of the Club, if someone wants to make up a course of fire, please say so and we’ll talk about it.  One day after the rush of high season is over, we’d like to invite you to a 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. dusk to dark shoot.


DECEMBER 29th 2013

CONCEALED CARRY DAY: Everyone please come concealed.  Your weapon must not “print” or bulge and you must be attired for Costa Rica, not Alaska.  Gun must be accessible and quick into action.  Magazines in back or front pocket are okay.  Must NOT be accessible to a guy walking behind you.  fnx-45 Good lookin Gun