Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quick reviews of the Ken Null Model UNS IWB Holster for the Glock 19 and the Ken Null Model CBT Gun Belt

Ken Null has been recuperating from two recent major surgeries.  Filling back-orders and new orders while convalescing has Ken running a bit behind.  My latest order was called in on June 10 and everything arrived here on July 18 (thank you Brenda and Ken!).   That's just a day or so over 5-weeks, which is still pretty darn quick when compared to the delivery times estimated by many of the other top holster makers.

Please join me in wishing Ken a speedy and complete recovery.

I really did not want to buy any more holsters, but the notable IWB holster that I thought would be my G19 Gen4 forever-and-ever carry gets progressively uncomfortable (for me) after around 4-hours of wear during an active day.  That same holster is darn comfy for around 8-hours of wear during a day of leisure, but I desire something that is relatively comfortable (or at least tolerable) for no less than 12-hours, regardless of my level of activity.

I own two other Ken Null Model UNS holsters and both have repeatedly proven great for long, heavy days.  My first UNS was purchased for my Glock 43 and the second UNS was purchased for my Glock 26.  Will the UNS for my G19 prove itself as well?  We shall see.  After wearing the G19 UNS for a few consecutive days that had over 12-hours of activity each (all days were HOT and humid with one of those days touching 100F),  I am very happy with this holster;  it is superbly comfortable, concealable, and secure.  Let's see how it works out for me through the balance of this summer and then during the fall and winter months.

Why did I get a new gun belt?  My other gun belts are too old and gnarly looking to go well with a suit and tie, so I decided on Ken's Model CBT as my new dual purpose dress belt / gun belt.

Below is the full Model CBT product description copied from the Ken Null website.

This highly specialized belt meets all the requirements that I strongly believe to be necessary in a belt that is to be worn with a holster. The CBT is constructed with a full face lining of dense high-quality leather laminated and lock stitched with durable nylon thread creating a sturdy belt with minimal lateral flex.

It is designed to perfectly fit your holster, guaranteeing a no slip, no drag body hugging carry.

To complete and compliment this fine *1.5 inch (38.1mm) belt, we provide it with a solid silicone brass buckle of our own NULL copyright design. It is engineered with rear flanged edges to maintain the buckle in a position parallel with the belt for a sturdy, neat appearance. It also has no visible means of fastening to mar its graceful lines, but relies on a hidden fastening tang which is contoured to engage the belt more securely as increased tension is applied. Although it was conceived as a highly specialized piece of equipment, this unique ensemble is inherent of the beauty of being able to function as a dress item at all times.

With a refined masculine ruggedness, the classic form of this handsome buckle silently speaks to discriminating professionals worldwide of a fraternal kinship, and the fact that the wearer appreciates, demands and wears the world’s finest holsters and accessories. To the unknowing, it reflects only the wearer’s good taste in dress, thus your secret remains secure.

Be reminded that a quality holster will not function properly on an inferior belt, and an inferior holster will not function . . . period! ! !

*Each buckle is individually hand cast using the time honoured lost wax process. It is then patiently ground to exact contours and meticulously polished to a flawless luster, one at a time, the right way!

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.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Review of the Wilson Combat Nylon Pistol Case

A quest has finally ended; after decades of looking, I found that this case fits my needs exactly.  I own a few of them already and will be adding at least a couple more in the near future.

I am a KISS kinda guy and organizing "pistol stuff" is easiest for me when I am able to keep all related parts and accessories with the intended pistol.  E.g., mags for the Colt Defender will not work in a standard Government Model 1911, mags for a 1911 .38 Super are not for use in a 1911 .45 ACP ...  you get the idea.  For the guns I use most often at the range (or for traveling), I like having everything set to go in readily identifiable GAG (Grab a Gun) Bags.

The main storage compartment is rather cavernous, doncha think? 

The Wilson pistol case has two spacious exterior storage compartments that provide more than adequate room for housing dedicated tools, more mags, more ammo, spare grips, spare parts and springs, blah blah blah ...   

A Colt Defender has a proprietary recoil spring assembly (with a relatively short life); I keep a goodly supply of them in the Colt Defender GAG Bag.

These 15# 1911 Government Model recoil springs are in the .38 Super GAG Bag.

Yes, this case works wonderfully for pistols with big ole double stack mags like the Beretta 92 ... and my Glock 19.

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 I review for this blog are purchased at retail price by me.  I do not accept payment, discounts, "freebies," products on loan, demon alcohol, drugs, probation, parole, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review.  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How long have I been a customer of Wilson Combat?

Above is a clue that I found in an old file cabinet in the basement.  Actually, IIRC, I first bought from them a year or so before 1992.  Back in those days they were simply known as "Wilson's."  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Born under punches ... yeah ... weren't we all ...

Occasionally we choose our own level and duration of madness.
Other times our level and duration of madness is chosen for us.

This used to be one of my introspective bourbon and cigar songs.  Just hearing the music brings back long forgotten flavors and aromas, pains and pleasures.

Time leaves us all behind, but our memories often refuse.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Apparently, GTR Sporting Club of Waukegan, Illinois is currently undergoing some sort of reorganization

EDIT 7/18/2016:   CLICK HERE for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court of Lake County online system for searching records.  Choose to search by Business and enter GTR for the business name; voila, a couple of pages of what has and is happening in the legal world regarding GTR Holding and GTR Sporting Club.  

I can imagine that it is tough to hold a business together nowadays; winding up in court probably is not too unusual.  Are there any conclusion(s) that we can draw from GTR's legal challenges?  I dunno;  it does look like it all is a tough row to hoe.

Perhaps the following is a sign of GTR attempting to return to a state of normalcy.
EDIT:  Nevermind, it was removed from the website a day later.

Police Pistol Combat League07/21/16 to 08/25/16  
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

REQUIRED MATCHES: Minimum of 10 matches. MATCH FEE: $130 for the GTRPPL SPRING COMBAT League. The league will run for (6) weeks and you may shoot up to (3) matches at any scheduled league event. Match sign-up is based on a first come, first serve basis and will be limited to 50 competitors. Please call 847-782-8888 for more Information!

EDIT JULY 11, 2016:  The above sign is posted inside the GTR Sporting Club.   Time will tell us whether CALIBER MANAGEMENT's performance will turn out to be large caliber, small caliber, or sub-caliber.   Management wise, this initial year-and-a-half of GTR Sporting Club's existence has been akin to some kind of reality TV show (I will not attempt to summarize; only an insider could explain what has transpired).  Frank Orsi, the man that most folks recognize as the founder of GTR Sporting Club, currently appears to be the person in charge.  Charles "Chick" Baruffi, an indomitable 1959 - 1962 era Marine, is still part of GTR's team and (IMHO) appears to be more enthusiastic than ever.   Never bet against any team that has a Marine, unless, of course, the opposing team has two Marines.    

At a glance, GTR may be somewhat of a wounded bird but it is not yet cold and dead in the water.  

Since I did have a receipt, on Sunday GTR cordially validated the remaining unused punch-card that I purchased last December.  Will GTR still honor the card during the days, weeks, or months ahead?  Stay tuned.  When I purchased the cards my plan was to shoot at GTR no less than one-day per month during 2016.   Having a range within minutes of my house has really been nice, but I'll move on if need be.

*****  ***** Below is the original post from 6/29/2016 (along with a few updates) *****  *****

Something has been going on at GTR Sporting Club in Waukegan, Illinois;  I have heard it said that the club is under new management but I can find no such announcement in the media and nothing official is posted at the facility.

A few clues that something is happening:

A) Their Facebook page has not been updated since May 24 of this year.  This is very unusual.   From inception, GTR has always had an active Facebook presence.  EDIT 7/8/2016:  GTR resumed updating their Facebook page.

B) There are no future events listed on their webpage.  Again, this is unusual because they always had something planned.

C) The training calendar on their website has only a couple of items for the near future.  Again, very unusual ... EDIT 7/8/2016: Training classes are again being offered; caveat emptor.

D) Those who are members of the club allegedly cannot use their membership range-time allocation; they have to pay-per-session.  I have not verified this; this is something that I heard and I also read it in reviews at Google+ GTR Sporting Club page.  The following couple of items are via a "copy-and-paste" of those reviews:

1) "I hear this place is under new management! I heard that people who have legitimate memberships which include free hours now have to pay upfront even though they have the free hours until they sort things out with the new owner. Hmmm, glad I never joined."

2) Hmmm, went to range today to find out my membership ( which I paid 1,000 upfront) was put on hold till further notice. New management said I could pay for range time as I go now. Ridiculous ! I suppose I should of realized something was up for past several weeks as certain range lanes were no longer available for use and club was being run with a skeleton crew. Be careful don't give them any money upfront."

E) This afternoon there were lots of official looking people with clipboards (one that I know to be an attorney and one dude sported a badge) busily shuffling through things.

F)  The Gun Store / Pro Shop section is dark and locked tight with a sign stating that it is closed for "Inventory / Audit."

NOTE:  Today I overheard an employee tell a concerned customer that, "Everything will be back to normal sometime around the second week of August."

What I know for certain:

1) Pay-per-session shooting at GTR, for a large part, looks to be business as usual.  I last went shooting there on June 10th and they accepted my prepaid range-time punch-card.

2)  One section of the shooting range (I believe it is referred to as the 8-Lane Combat Range) has been closed off.  I will venture a guess that this MAY simply be just to save some energy costs by not running the very elaborate air-handling system and the lights on that section; there is no reason to keep equipment online when pay-per-session shooters have been scant.

3)  EDIT 7/9/2016:  I stopped in just after noon today to get an Italian beef and I see that there is a sign posted that Frankie's Cafe is temporarily closed.  Ignore everything (below) that I wrote the other day about Frankie's Cafe.

The third (or fourth ... I lost count) reincarnation of Frankie's Cafe has been a bright spot in all of this; it has been under new management for a while now via Bobby, a very personable and notable food pro from the North Shore, and it is open Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday).  Bobby serves up sinfully good Italian beef, Italian sausage, pizza, etc.   Seriously, this cafe is an undiscovered local treasure;  get your grub to go or eat at the "inside bistro."  You say that you are not a gunslinger?  Hell, even if guns are not your passion, GTR Sporting Club is worth a visit just for the chow at Frankie's Cafe.


I was a member of the club for their first year of existence.  During this second year of operation, I have been a pay-per-session customer (about once per month).

At this blog site I have written prior entries about GTR:
and HERE.

EDIT 7/6/2016:
CLICK HERE and scroll down the page for some recent comments left at YELP: 

Read Dan C.'s review of GTR Sporting Club on Yelp
Read Bouch B.'s review of GTR Sporting Club on Yelp

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The first Colt civilian version (the semi-auto Model SP1) of the M16 military (select fire full-auto / semi-auto) "assault rifle" sold to the public in 1963

Please get over it, folks.  Evil Black Rifles (EBRs) have been in the hands of civilians in the USA for over a half-century.

CLICK HERE to see the Colt SP1 serial numbers from the year 1963 through the year 1982.  Any questions?

I first saw one in the hands of a civilian around 1966.  Currently there are estimates of between 5-million and 8-million of these modern sporting rifles in the hands of civilians in the USA.  I dare say that the number of this type of rifle in civilian hands would likely be less than a million if it were not for the buying frenzies caused by the cyclic waves of politicians trying to ban them; for many years, relatively few gunnies paid much attention to civilian black rifles.  Politics has provided free marketing for those selling EBRs and now black rifles are on the "must-have list" for the masses; they have become fashionable.   One of our local gun stores (once again) reports being nearly sold out of this type of rifle and all related components.  Oh well ...

Hat tip to: retroblackrifle.com


CLICK HERE for the history of the M16 rifle.

NOTE: Over the years, "AR15" has become the common-usage name of the semi-auto civilian version of the M16.  When Eugene Stoner of ArmaLite created the select-fire full-auto / semi-auto military rifle, he designated it the AR15.  COLT bought the rights for the original AR15 from ArmaLite and it was rebranded the M16 by the military. AR stands for ARMALITE; it does not stand for AUTOMATIC RIFLE.  Colloquially, AR has taken on a patriotic connotation as standing for America's Rifle; so be it.

I believe Colt still owns the marketing rights of branding any rifle as an AR15.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Far-out, man! This Italian pot is primo! It came in via Atlanta.

Here, you can see for yourself that the pot is from Italy.

I never woulda thunk that terra cotta pots would be coming in to the USA from Italy.

Honestly, for some reason I found that to be uber cool.

My usual snail's pace of bloggin' will be even snailier 'cause I be busy patio surfin'.