It was a blistery cold and wintry evening.. and I decided to spend it with my fellow Pak gunners. Me and the Sky watcher had some fried fish at Kemari port and than I moved on to Boat Basin at Clifton where I was joined by fellow member Foxhound who had dropped in from Australia for a few days.
As we were chatting amicably, this dude on a bike slowly coasts up to us and asks” Where is Karachi Broast?” Since we almost standing in front of it I simply pointed it out.. Whereupon he promptly changed his mind and asked us where the “embassy” was.. When we asked him which embassy he had in mind. He had no idea.. And the fact that 12 in the night embassies tend to be closed was something we did not tell him (would not want to break the poor dear’s heart) Maybe he was a severely prosecuted chap who was desperately seeking asylum…
What we did do though, was that we sneaked our hands inside our jackets. My piece was at home and the good Foxhound was carrying his.. in his car.. And the car was right in front of us. But may as well be a million miles away.. I suppose we could have called ‘Time out’ till we retrieved at least his weapon from his vehicle but I had a sneaking suspicion the wannabe ‘Broast-eating-asylum seeker’ was not going to display any sportsmanship. :/
He insisted on finding an embassy.. Any embassy…. At that point in time... But we sort of sidled away with our hands in our jackets.. And told him very firmly kay there were none in the area..
He realized that hungry as he was for a piece of fried chicken... We were not really the plucked chickens he was looking for but more like hissing geese….
Lessons learnt: Its not the weapon you have in your holster or our hand that matters but the one between your ears that can help you survive.. and 2ndly a weapon on your person.. Regardless of how small it may be… is far more valuable than the combat customized laser equipped full size 9mm sitting on your side table at home.
Many of us go for the latest super snazzy imported, nice big shiny big brand large sized handgun and gleefully carry it. At least for a few months.. Than the burden of lugging that big and heavy piece of metal becomes a chore and we start leaving it at home or in the car.. It is far better to have a compact (or even sub compact) that is a part of you on an everyday basis than a large weapon that you may not have on you when you need it the most.
Tailpiece: Carry permits in Karachi are still closed, therefore we cant really carry our licensed weapons on us as such..