Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review of the Aker Express Sharkskin L.W. Seecamp Pocket Holster

(This short blog entry has been over a year in the making, and that is not entirely because I am an indolent old SOB; I kinda like to see how things work out over time before blathering my opinion.  Further, this review (as with all of my reviews) is just good old fashioned "campfire talk" and not a recommendation for or against purchase.  The photos are a year old, and shot with a cheap cell phone camera.  I have a slightly better camera nowadays, but quite honestly I am too durned lazy to freshen the photos and I fully realize that my lack of talent would provide little aesthetic improvement.)

The only holsters that I know of that (legally) carry the super cool L.W. Seecamp logo are the Aker Express models, available only directly from L.W. Seecamp.  These holsters are usually "in stock" so there is no waiting list as is common with many custom holster makers.  These classy looking holsters fit all of the L.W. Seecamp (current and former production) semi-auto pocket pistols (ACP calibers .25, .32, .380).  Purchased initially as a collectable (actually I bought a pair, one right handed and one for the left), I did not think I would like carrying this wallet size holster.   I was wrong.  It works and wears very well for me.  Most pocket holsters of similar size and shape fail to stay upright in the right front pocket of my jeans; this one behaves nicely, even when I am pedaling a bicycle.

The photo below shows the side of the holster that faces toward the body.

I work and play outside a lot and it is common for sweat or rain to soak me all the way down to my pocket holster.  Moisture can readily deteriorate any holster material that is not top quality.  The construction of this Aker Express looks to be sharkskin laminated and stitched to cowhide (or possibly horsehide).  After a year of general use with a few episodes of significant abuse, IMHO my Aker Express holster is still in great shape. 

The photo below shows the side of the holster that faces away from the body.  The anti-print panel is to make the rig look like a wallet and impede printing the shape of the pistol through clothing.

The photo below shows how the anti-print panel is hinged to the side of the holster by a length of stitching; it opens like a book.  Other holster makers hinge such panels to the bottom of the holster.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Today is a heavenly beautiful Indian Summer day

Am I allowed to say “Indian Summer?”  Is there a politically correct terminology I should be using?  Perhaps we should morph it over to “Native American Summer.”   Yeah, that’s the ticket.  “Today is a heavenly beautiful Native American Summer day.”  Nah, wait a minute; I said “heavenly.”  That hints of religion and by golly, some folks will have a leaky sphincter spasm over that.

“Today is a nice day.”  I guess that’s the best I am allowed by our culture.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sold four bricks (2,000 rounds) of .22 Long Rifle ammunition today to a local gun store

They needed the ammo far more than I did and offered a fair price.  Availability is low and prices are ridiculously high compared to a few short years ago.  That leaves me with around 6,000 rounds of L.R. still on the raft.  I’m tempted to unload all but two or three bricks (locally; this chitchat blog entry is not a solicitation for online offers).

The most often that I will be going to the range will be once a month (if they EVER get that new local range open) and I usually practice with centerfire ammo.  There no longer is any place around here for me to hunt with a .22 rifle (or a shotgun for that matter).  The older I get the less inclined I am to lay in supplies that would last me for the years when “SHTF.”

How much ammo is enough?  Darned if I know. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

GAT GUNS is offering FREE Illinois Concealed Carry Classes to ACTIVE MILITARY and their spouses until the end of November 2014

This is yet another reason why I think  highly of GAT Guns. From now until November 30, GAT GUNS is offering FREE IL Concealed Carry training classes to ACTIVE MILITARY and their spouses.

(You must be 21 or over)

ACTIVE Military members need to take only 8 hours (Parts B & C)

Spouses must take 16 hours unless they have prior approved training credit.

See the TRAINING CALENDAR for the schedule.

Do not register on-line.  Register in the store or by phone.


970 Dundee Avenue,
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 428-4867

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gunsmoke and Hoppe’s No. 9 prevents Ebola infection

CLICK HERE for the source.

Thus far, my research shows that, in the entire history of the disease, the CDC and the WHO failed to trace a single case of Ebola back to a contaminated firearm.

I reckon it’s time to spend an afternoon cleaning some hardware.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Retired lawman Glenn B’s Mom recently passed away.

Glenn B., you have my condolences; you are a good son. 

I read his post during some introspection on the anniversary of my Mom’s last day on this earth, even though her passing was several years ago.  It was an honor to be one of her sons; she is impossible to forget.

It is natural that eventually we all will lose each other.  I reckon it is up to each of us to cherish the moments and the memories, although I think it natural that most of us wish we could trade some of the memories for a few more of the moments.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Another Prepper Experiment: Coffee made from five-year-old coffee grounds.

Yep, this unopened can was two years on the larder shelf before hitting the “best before date” and then it sat for another three years after that.  How is the smell and taste of the coffee brewed from these grounds?

Opened on September 18, 2014, the initial aroma of the grounds seemed to match that of a fresh can.  IMHO, the early taste and aroma of the brewed coffee was surprisingly acceptable.  In the ten days since opening, the brewed coffee has no aroma to speak of and there now is a noticeable stale taste.  But hey, during my lifetime I’ve had coffee that was much worse; if we were five years into an apocalypse, I’ll bet I could muster a few paying customers. 

We’ll finish using up the contents of this can, but, short of TEOTWAWKI, I see no compelling reason for us to ever repeat this experience.

EDIT: I have been experimenting with nuking the grounds in the microwave (in a dish, not in a paper filter) for short lengths of time before brewing; it seems to blunt most of the stale flavor.

Below are some raw links on keeping coffee.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

It is once again Cub Scout POPCORN time!

The drive is on and I ordered $50 $70 of goodies (should last us about one year EDIT: more Scouts were canvasing the store exits so I bought some Caramel Corn for the Wife).

There is a special place in my heart for Scouting.