Customs: I Dreamt I Was in Jo'burg

When an Afrikaner looks at a girl and sighs, "Ah, a 38!" he is less apt to be ogling statistics than calculating calibers. More than 27,000 white women in South Africa these days belong to pistol clubs, and many thousands more go armed. The latest boon for pistol-packing mommas is a lightweight leather holster that clips on any brassiere and facilitates an Instant Oakley draw in case of trouble.

The designers, Johannesburg's Francois Joubert and Willem Taylor, both 27, say that 900 distaff Dillons in Kansas City, Chicago, Paris and Gibraltar have ordered the bra, which at $4.55 (including...

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