Friday, January 20, 2017

Matt Del Fatti has some PH-3 Pocket Holsters available and ready-to-ship for J-Frames and Seecamps

The availability is a rare event; Del Fatti in-stock holsters usually sell out pretty fast.







Photos above:  My S&W Centennial Airweight in a PH3



Photo below:  My natural, rough side out, Seecamp PH3. 
This tough old holster is a loyal friend; it has withstood the challenges of blood, mud, sweat, and bone soaking thundershowers for many years. Likely it will still be around long after I am not.  I have other Seecamp pocket holsters (Del Fatti et al), but this is the one I will continue to ride with.


Happy POTUS Trump Day! You still here? You said you were leaving the USA.

That's the same damn thing you said with both of the POTUS Bush dudes ...
same thing you said with POTUS Reagan ... 



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Waukegan Police seek to provide shelter and care for missing, homeless, Daniel J. O'Brien

Waukegan Police considers the dude to be armed and dangerous.

1/20/2017 UPDATE:  CAPTURED! CAPTURED!  CAPTURED!
(Source of photo above, and the text below: Waukegan Police Facebook)

Armed Robbery Warrant

The Waukegan Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has obtained an arrest warrant for Daniel J. O’Brien, 30 years old, who is described as “homeless”. The arrest warrant carries a bond of $500,000.  

O’Brien has been charged with two armed robbery incidents that occurred in November of 2016…

1) November 22, 2016 at approximately 12am the Murphy’s gas station, in the 3800 block of Fountain Square, was robbed at gun point and


2) November 22, 2016 at approximately 7pm the BP Amoco, in the 2900 block of Belvidere Road, was robbed at gun point.

O’Brien is considered armed and dangerous. Investigators believe he is in the greater Waukegan area. If anyone sees O’Brien they are asked to not confront him and immediately call 911.

Daniel J. O’Brien, 30 years old

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.



Monday, January 16, 2017

Burgundy Room Downtown Waukegan Armed Robbery

Happened maybe a just bit over an hour ago ... this is pretty normal lately in Waukegan and Gurnee area ...





Armed Robbery (Waukegan) Waukegan PD issuing an ISPERN alert for the armed robbery at the Burgundy Room, 215 Washington St. 3 male black suspects (one was wearing a red hat) fled in a dark colored SUV possibly a Nissan Murano with a tail light out. They fled northbound on County St from Washington St.


UPDATE 10:30 PM:  Robbery happened ACROSS THE STREET from the Burgundy Room and the victim went to the Burgundy Room to call the police.  WHEW!  Good news ... I feel safer already ... keep that crime on the streets where it belongs ...








Sunday, January 15, 2017

CLOSED FOREVER! Libertyville, Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services Facility is GONE GONE GONE!

SURPRISE!  I knew they were moving but I had no idea that it was this soon; I found this sign in the window of the now erstwhile Libertyville SOS office on Peterson Road last week;  I'm glad I did not wait until the last minute (end of January) to go get my license plate sticker for the GMC van.  Anyhow, a couple of days later I drove on over to Lake Zurich and took care of business there (they were not busy at the new location).

The clerk I dealt with at the new Lake Zurich facility asked why I didn't just go over to the Waukegan facility.  I explained that, over many years, I suffered through too much drama at the Waukegan facility to ever go back; not enough parking, long lines, bad manners, and some mighty quick tempers.  I wasn't there during THIS CRAZY EPISODE but I did hear it over the police scanner and it cemented my decision to NEVER return to the Waukegan facility.



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Michael de Bethencourt's SnubTraining.com is also on Facebook



I honestly did not know that he was on Facebook until today.   Even though I don't have a Facebook account, there is plenty on Michael's page that I was able to peruse.

If you favor carrying a snub (or are considering purchasing a snub), it is my studied opinion that shadowing this feller can lead to some serious knowing ... which is the reason I again hunted him down ... at my best I was an average snub gunner and lately I am shooting more badder instead of more better ...   snubs can be very humbling.








Thursday, January 12, 2017

AR-15 class on January 14, 2017 at Caliber Gun Range of Waukegan, Illinois (FKA - AKA GTR Sporting Club)


(TEXT BELOW is a transcription of an email I received from Caliber Gun Range, FKA - AKA GTR Sporting Club and is posted here as a newsworthy item of local interest) 
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Still a few spots open for the AR-15 class

Caliber Gun Range will be holding an AR-15 class on (Saturday) January 14th, 2017.  
The class will contain the following:
  • Disassembly
  • Cleaning
  • Re-assembly
  • Maintenance
  • Zeroing Iron Sights or Optics
  • Clearing Malfunctions
  • Alternate Firing Positions
  • Basic Drills
Location: Caliber Gun Range
                3059 Washington St
                Waukegan, IL 60085

Register: 10am 
Time:  
Starts 10:30am 
Ends 2:30pm

Cost: $125
Please bring eye and ear protection, 300 rounds of non-penetrating ammo, basic cleaning kits and something to take notes with.
If you do not have any or one of these items we are offering a special in the Armory for anyone who signs up for this class a 15% discount.
If you have any questions feel free to contact us at:

Monday, January 9, 2017

From the divinely gifted heart, soul, and hands of Matt Del Fatti


(photo by Matt Del Fatti)

Treasures from a storied master artisan

Above is a brace of bespoke holsters for my Magnum J-Frame revolvers; one is an outside the waistband (OWB) holster (Del Fatti LPS) and the other is an inside the waistband (IWB) holster (Del Fatti ISP-LP).  Each holster is intended primarily for use at the same location, just behind my right hip.  Most of the time the OWB will be my “practice at the range holster" because some ranges are militantly against IWB holster practice.  The IWB will be an all day long carry holster.  With proper attire, the OWB can also serve as an exquisite concealed-carry.  

Also shown is a pair of .38/.357 speed strip carriers (Del Fatti SSC).



It's a shame to keep most of this holster hidden inside my pants next to my 50-shades-of-gray briefs.

Yeah, I'm just a short barrel kind of guy.  We all can't be Dirty Harry ... or Anthony Wiener.



I'll need a new suit to go with this holster ...

Quality OWB holsters for short barrel handguns may often require no more concealment than that provided by normal attire during fall, winter, and spring.  I have a couple of shooting vests that will serve during range sessions.  I'll see if my "dumpy fat old man" Hawaiian shirts will work during summer, otherwise then it's time for IWB ...








Friday, January 6, 2017

First Shooting Range Session of 2017


Nigh exactly 5-months ago (7/31/2016) was the last time I did a range session with my gen-4 Glock 19.  Yep, it has been a bit of a long while since I last practiced with this pistol, but overall I was happy with my performance on this first range session of the brand new year.  I discovered decades ago that I'm not anywhere near world class with any firearm even on my very best of days.  More important than how I did with the pistol during this session is the fact that I HAD FUN!  Yeah baby, this was all for ME!  Truth be told, I was actually the second best shooter at the entire range while I was there ... but then the only other shooter left ...

Anyhow, the yellow duct tape on the silhouette gives my funky old eyes something easy to target.  Ball ammo usually pokes a nice round hole through the duct tape and that makes it easy for me to see at a distance where my shots are landing; the smaller, raggedy hole that ball ammo punches through paper is very hard for me to see and doesn't provide the "instant feedback" that I desire. 

Except where noted otherwise, all ammo used was Federal RTP9115 115gr FMJ target ammo.

On the target above:
Head = 15-rounds @ 15-feet
High chest = 15-rounds @ 21-feet
Center mass = 15-rounds @ 30-feet (Federal 9BPLE +P+ 115gr JHP carry ammo)

On the target below:
Same as on the target above, except 16-rounds were fired at each distance (a round in the chamber plus a full magazine)

The entire session lasted under an hour.  A total of 93-rounds were fired.








Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A belated Merry Christmas to all ...

 ... and to all a good night!


 As close to Peace on Earth as it gets around here with these three competitors.  


Until next year!