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Man Magnum May 2020

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The leading magazine for the South African hunting and conservation fraternity. Suid-Afrika se top-tydskrif vir die jagter en bewaarder.

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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
R 390
8 Issues

in this issue

5 min.
shoot that defensive handgun

RECENTLY, THE CHOICE of defensive handgun and appropriate ammunition became a hot topic around the braai fire. One individual was adamant that his chosen big-bore handgun is the ultimate in stopping power. Of course, everyone is entitled to an opinion and personal preference, and I respect that. Buying a Glock or even a massive Desert Eagle because you have been dreaming of having one is all part of the joy of gun-ownership. However, there are a few practical rules you should apply when choosing a handgun to protect yourself and your loved ones. Of course, the first rule is to have a firearm with you at all times, irrespective of type, calibre or ammunition choice, rather than be caught without one when things go wrong. A firearm is no good to…

6 min.

Baobab Death I much enjoyed the Baobab Tree article by Gregor Woods in your February 2020 edition. On page 42 he mentioned the death of a baobab tree, and how quickly the wood disintegrates. A few years ago, I went on a hunting trip with a good friend of mine in the Messina area, where I saw the remains of one of these dead giants. On our arrival at the farm “Caliente” south of the Messina-Pontdrift road, the manager, David, who was also our guide, mentioned that he would like to take us out the next morning to show us something that had occurred on the ranch about 12 days before. That was it... he gave no explanation or hint of what it was. David, who was born in that area, was…

3 min.
boots on the ground

THERE ARE A great many excellent and hardworking game rangers in Africa. Men and women who will apply the regulations, follow standing procedures a extend themselves, even when it comes to bucking local communities, councils and their fellow, less diligent rangers. Of course there are those who just don’t give a damn. The rot starts at the top; if the leaders fail to ensure the rules and procedures are followed, then why should others bother? It began with the discovery of a dead white rhino. After an aircraft was called in to investigate, four more rhino carcasses were found in the same area – all with their horns missing. After lion, hyenas, vultures and rot, little was left. The remains of a large dead animal’s dried-out skin, bones and the poisoned, stained ground…

6 min.
apx beretta revisited

IN THE MARCH 2019 edition, Paul Scarlata a introduced us to the new Beretta APX pistols – Beretta’s attempt to win the US Army’s Modular Handgun System competition. The APX is a chassis-based design with a focus on modular features such as interchangeable grips and ambidextrous controls. Beretta did not win the contract, but the APX was made available to the civilian market. In addition to the full size service pistol (17-round capacity) they have the smaller Centurion and Compact. Both feature a shorter slide, slightly shorter than that of the Glock 19, while the Compact has a short grip and a magazine capacity of 13 rounds. The Centurion’s grip length is in between that of the Compact and full size, and has a 15-round capacity. Beretta also opted for interchangeable frames,…

7 min.

FROM 1957, I hunted crocodiles commercially and for safari clients in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), Botswana, Zambia Angola and Caprivi, so I have some experience. I have never shot, or even seen a croc that measured more than about 18 feet (nearly six metres) and, as far as I know, there has never been one registered much over that size in southern Africa. The biggest croc I know of in southern Africa was shot by Boet van Bart on the Kafue River in Zambia and measured 18ft 4-inches. Van Bart was enormously strong but he, and six local men, could not get it out of the water and had to skin it in the shallows on the edge of the river. They estimated that it weighed about a ton and a half. I shot…

6 min.
pall mall peacemaker

THE AME AN CIVIL War, 1861-1865, was the last great conflict to be fought with muzzle-loaders while breech-loaders taking self-contained cartridges were fast becoming popular. In 1873, the Colt factory, under their new boss, Richard Jarvis, intro ed the .45 calibre Single Action Army revolver which caught the attention of the US Ordnance Department and soon became the standard issue side arm of the United States Cavalry. Most of the last Indian Wars were fought after the Civil War, and the world was fascinated by tales of fierce fights with Indians (now called Native Americans), romantic stories of cowboys, daring outlaws, and deadly gunfighters of the Wild West. The most-mentioned gun was always Colt’s famous six-shooter. In later years, travelling Wild West shows run by Buffalo Bill Cody and others…