A true friend to shooters

I was interested to read the story by Dave Rose about circus lions escaping and eating their handler (Australian Shooter, December 2018). Of particular appeal was the photo of ‘Jim P’ when he was a South Australian police sergeant.

I knew Jim very well for many years. He was an excellent friend to shooters, sometimes ruffling the feathers of his police superiors by openly supporting the fact that law abiding shooters had the legal right to own and use firearms.

He completed the TAFE Firearms Instructors course shortly after it was conceived and was a regular and well respected member of the group. I've included a photo of him at one of our meetings with another well known SA shooter, Rod Hunt.

Jim was born Alexander James Pengilly on January 25, 1922 at Redruth in Cornwall. He enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force in March 1941 and served for five years in North Africa and the Pacific, eventually being discharged in April 1946. He served in SAPOL for many years, retiring with the rank of Inspector and passed away in April 2013.

Jim will be remembered as a terrific friend to shooters, a fantastic source of stories and jokes and a thorough gentleman with it.

Geoff Smith, SA

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