Monday, October 17, 2016

Something you can do for a Man ...

I am not referring to an ordinary adult male of the human species, I am talking about a Man.  There is a difference between being a male and a Man, as there is between being a Mom and a mother, as there is between being a Dad and a father.  It takes a special heart and soul to be a Man; it takes a special heart and soul to be a Mom, as it takes a special heart and soul to be a Dad.

This Man is also a Dad.  This Man was not just a biological relationship to his Mom, this Man was a Son.

This Man has suffered through some hard losses recently, losses that likely will change him forever, regardless of his knowing so; regardless of his wishes.  Some memories may fill his heart with sunshine and give him the power of Thor while other memories may attempt to destroy him ... or settle for occasionally crushing him into a pulp of shuddering tears.   This Man likely will not be offered any choice as to one type of memory or another,  or where and when they will visit.

This honorable Man has but one request ... something for us to consider ...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Review of the Ken Null Model VAM (Vampire) Appendix Outside the Waistband (AOWB) Holster

Cross-body withdrawal for
2" revolvers and semi-automatics

A highly specialized scabbard intended for use in a seated position. Originally designed for the R.C.M.P., plain-clothes car patrols, and Secret Service protection details. Worn comfortably on the belly or off-side hip. Extremely fast, since the pull-through snap release means no fumbling with any retaining devices. The handgun rides butt down for very natural withdraw.Excell
ent for body guard/chauffer/taxi driver.
(ABOVE: photo and text taken from the K. L. Null Holsters website)

ABOVE: Photo shows the body-side of my VAM holster and its 1.5'' tunnel belt-loop. This righthand version of the VAM was ordered to fit my .357 Magnum S&W Model 640-1 revolver (shown above with the original grips).  On rare occasions I use it with my .38 special J-Frame revolvers, but when I do so there is, understandably, a bit of noticeable loose fit due to the shorter cylinder;  my 442 Airweight has the loosest fit of all.  Aside from the shorter .38 Special cylinder, the 442 has a frame that is much thinner in certain areas than on the beefy J-Magnum-Frame revolvers.  

This holster has been with me over a year.  It was not worn every day during the year but it did see substantial use and abuse; once I was unavoidably drenched during an unpredicted, blinding, sustained downpour and I mean to tell you that I was soaked to the bone and beyond; every piece of paper in my wallet was pulped and the holster looked like a flaccid shell-noodle.  It was a couple of hours before I could get to a shelter and begin the long process of drying off; I thought the holster was unsalvageable; via good fortune and the holster's superior design, build, and materials, I was able to dry it out and coax it back to its original shape and firmness.  

Even though it is designed to be a "desk and driving" holster, I wore the VAM while performing all kinds of chores; it is a versatile little gem.  NOTE: No revolver ever accidentally came out of this holster even though my gymnastics and gyrations did pop the pull-through retention-snap open on many occasions; the rubber Craig Spegel style boot grip clones make such accidental pops less frequent.  What would help the most is me losing about thirty pounds of body fat; short chubby guys are a real challenge for concealed carry holster makers.  

In case you are wondering, being as I am only 5' 8'' in height and  currently sport 215 lbs. of corpulence,  AIWB (appendix inside the waistband) carry just does not work for me at all; it is uncomfortable when I am standing and painfully impossible for me to manage when sitting / driving.

ABOVE:  Photo shows the VAM with my Model 640 no-dash .38 special in a crossdraw position midway between my zipper and the point of my left hip.  The holster easily belt-slides from this position to the point of the hip, making "comfort adjustments" quick and easy while standing / sitting / driving.  This is one of Ken Null's intended positions for this holster design.  It conceals well here, is quick and easy to access, and it is comfortable enough here for me to do some long distance driving.

ABOVE: Drawing the revolver from the VAM is a simple pull to the rear; the trigger guard rides up out of its cradle and the top rear of the frame pops the pull-through snap; as the butt of the revolver goes up the muzzle pivots down.  

ABOVE:  Photo shows the VAM worn in a position where it was not intended, on the strong side point of the hip.  Notice how the front of the holster is a good distance from my body;  the revolver is quick and easy to access here but it is difficult to conceal.  

ABOVE: Here the VAM is again on the strong side (again, this is not where it was designed to be) but I slid it to more of an appendix position between the hip and the zipper.  Again, it is very quick and easy to access the revolver at this position but it still is not readily concealable without wearing oversized shirts, vests, or jackets (yeah, I do kinda like it here and I do dress around it accordingly).

ABOVE:  One of Ken Null's intended locations for this holster design is flat on the belly; this location is probably the best location for concealment.  Sitting is comfortable enough, but I would not wear it here while attempting to drive from Chicago to Resaca, Georgia in one stretch.  A third-party rubber version of the Craig Spegel style boot grips would be more comfortable here than are the  full size banana combat grips that I favor for this magnum.

ABOVE:  *POOF*, the belly holster and gun have vanished.  Hiding a handgun where I can wear it comfortably AND get to it in an instant is where things get challenging.  The VAM as a belly holster is easy to hide with nothing more than an untucked t-shirt.

While you are here, see if you can (at a glance) discern the outline of the Glock-43 in my right-side pants pocket and the outline of the L.W. Seecamp in my left-side pants pocket (each are in a quality pocket holster).  Hiding a handgun is easy enough; most unsightly bulges just look like ... unsightly bulges; at a glance, most bulges don't scream "OMG, GUN!" 

As always, thanks for stopping by (Hey JonT!  You still out there?)

DISCLAIMER: As always at this blog site, this product review is simply a good old-fashioned campfire chat; this is not an opinion on what I feel you should or should not purchase or what you should be using.  What does or does not work for me could be many country miles away from your tastes and needs.  All products that I review for this blog are purchased at retail price by me.  I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, "freebies," products on loan, demon alcohol, drugs, probation, parole, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Obama seems to agree with Trump

Did Obama REALLY say that?  Yeah he did, but in all fairness to Hillary, Obama is also one to "say anything" and I don't see where his incumbency changed a goddamn thing for the better.

I'm fairly certain Obama never said that but it does capture the essence of his tenure.

SPEAKING of WWIII, things are looking tense. Great idea!  Let's elect HILLARY to deal with them big scary Russians!  "Whoopee!  We're all gonna ..."

Monday, October 10, 2016

NOVEMBER ERECTION UPDATE: Righteous GOP party leaders may forcibly replace uber-evil sexist Donald Trump with Uber-Righteous John McCain

McCain, it would be ineffably amusing if you lost your Senate race in November and Trump went on to become POTUS.

All you other "GOP Party Leaders" feigning indignation over Trump really need to take a time out for some deep, personal, introspection; Karma is not a bitch ... Karma is more like a vicious Gorilla ...

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Video of Donald Trump apologizing to all women on behalf of himself, Bill Clinton, JFK, Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, et al.

Zion, Illinois --- 5 Star Firearms Shooting Range Grand Opening October 22nd and 23rd

5 Star Firearms range is located at 41666 N Sheridan Road Zion, IL 60099. Our range is a state of the art 16 lane, 25 yard range that was built by Target Worx and is proudly MADE IN THE USA.


We are a full service gun store located in Zion, IL. With over twenty state-of-the-art CNC machines at our disposal, we can help you customize your firearm to look and shoot the way you want without sending it out. We also design and manufacture our own exclusive line of Billet Aluminum Speed Loaders as well as a variety of other firearm accessories and custom components to make the most of your shooting experience.


To provide premium firearms and accessories to keep you shooting, without shooting a hole in your wallet.

Questions? Call us!
Phone: 847-731-7898
Fax: 847-731-7899
41666 N Sheridan Road
Zion, IL 60099

Monday, October 3, 2016

The FBI allowed WHO to destroy WHAT? WHY?

Seriously, that is most peculiar.

Heh.  It is becoming difficult to scoff at allegations that the Democratic Party has grown to become the most powerful crime syndicate in all of history.   I wonder; is Hillary referred to as "The Godmother?"


Well ... perhaps ...