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He was an agent, chemist and firearm examiner. Eventually he was intimately involved with building and maintaining the FBI firearm collection.
One of my most prized possessions is the sidearm he carried every day.
Your article brought many memories back for me as my father had
familiarized and trained me to shoot many of the firearms mentioned in
your article. Many people are completely unaware of the long gun traditions of the FBI. Thank you for this wonderful part of the story.
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R

ick Hacker's interesting article on the "Wartime Browning Hi
Power" (December 2012, p. 92) and the recent "Readers Write"
(November 2013, p. 24), brought back an interesting wartime memory. I was an armorer in the British Army's Royal Electrical & Mechanical
Engineers and was enjoying leave during World War II. A friend, also on
leave, came to see me and brought with him a Browning Hi Power he'd managed to take from a German prisoner. He knew I was interested in firearms
and asked if I'd like to buy it. His only stipulation was that he'd like to fire it
before he handed it over-and he had some 9 mm cartridges with him.
Normally this would have been very awkward; however, it was wartime and
people were used to loud bangs. But not wanting to take any chances, we went
down to the Anderson shelter in my back garden.We both fired off about halfdozen shots each, and I gave my friend his money.
The war ended and the government sent men round to dismantle the
corrugated steel shelters. The man loading ours on the truck to carry it away
noticed the bullet holes in one of the sections. "You had a lucky escape didn't
you? What was it, a Heinkel? I suppose they were after the balloon." I didn't
enlighten the good man, but we all had a good laugh after he'd gone! Acting
on impulse I gave the pistol up following an appeal from the settlers in Africa
for defense-during the Mau Mau troubles. I wish I still had it!
ROBERT WHITER, CALIFORNIA
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