Wednesday, August 03, 2011
In Saskatoon the only people besides police officers you'll encounter on the street with legal handguns are the crews of armoured trucks. While Canadian police forces have universally gone over to semiautomatic pistols armoured truck guards have continued to carry revolvers. But it seems this is changing. This morning I saw a Brinks guard heading in to a liquor board store, and it looked like he had magazine pouches on his belt. Sure enough when he came back out I could see his right hip, and he was carrying a pistol instead of a revolver. (I'm familiar enough with guns that the design of the grip made me think it was a Smith and Wesson product, perhaps their recent M&P model.) I would imagine this is simply a case of the older guns needing replacement, as armoured truck robberies aren't common here. In fact I haven't a clue when the last such attempt might have been. It also makes me wonder again how much shooting practice these guys actually get.