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Sunday, June 17, 2018

AIWB Holster Review: Bell Charter Oak Gaylord Holdout II (Lefty Lewis, Maker)

Chic Gaylord is oft referred to as the father of modern concealed-carry holsters.  Retired New York City Lawman Lefty Lewis was his friend, an associate, and ultimately the owner of Gaylord's holster designs, to which he added many of his own innovative creations.  The above clipping is from a circa 1959 Gaylord holster catalog and shows his IWB Hold-Out holster being carried in the appendix position, inside dress pants looped for a 1'' wide belt.   Dress pants ride higher than most modern cuts of denim jeans and therefore are a bit more amenable to AIWB carry.  

Gaylord's primary target-market was law enforcement,  initially the NYPD off-duty and plain-clothes officers/detectives.  

Chic Gaylord circa 1950

It is only on rare occasions that I wear dress pants.  Jeans are my usual attire and having the waist ride lower than it does with dress pants makes it a challenge for me to carry AIWB, especially since I am not overly tall, but it is doable.  Although the holster belt loop strap allows for neutral, forward, or reverse cant I do prefer the cringeworthy cant that points the muzzle at my junkyard.  I wore this Lefty Lewis (Bell Charter Oak) Holdout II holster daily in this position for about four-months straight before my wintertime weight gain made belt carry of ANY type of holstered handgun too uncomfortable for me to bear; whether sitting or standing, my gun belt was squeezing my visceral fat too much and my internal organs went renegade.  Even borderline obesity can be painful ... and I mean a trip to the emergency room type of painful ... and that is a warning for me to lose weight or else.

Another AIWB position that worked for me with this holster is a cross-draw position.  The location of my seatbelt/shoulder-harness in both of my vehicles makes strong side access of any belt gun a problem; cross-draw solves the problem to some degree but I usually go to a shoulder holster if I am going to be sitting or driving for long periods.

The leather belt loop is cut perfectly to lay over the trigger guard instead of over the cylinder; that keeps the revolver and holster combination as thin as possible.   Along with that, the leather itself is very thin but perfectly firm for its designated task; the holster easily slides into the waistband and it rides comfortably.  So what makes a Lefty Lewis Holdout II different from Gaylord's original Hold-Out?  My guess is that Lefty Lewis chose to make some modifications available to customers, e.g., the holster available with a strap larger than for 1'' wide belts (mine is for a 1.5'' belt).  Further, he offers it with a mouth-band reinforcement to aid re-holstering in-situ; I chose to have mine without the reinforcement for a few reasons.  First, I wanted it as close to an original Gaylord as possible; second, I do NOT re-holster a handgun carried AIWB (I remove the holster from inside my waistband, insert the handgun, then put the holstered gun back into position. That's just my preference; I don't suggest to others what is right or wrong.)  The final reason I opted against the reinforced mouth-band was to keep things comfortably thin.   I have no regrets.  

Another feature that Lefty Lewis added was this snap reinforcement; I am only guessing that it is to keep the leather strap from premature wear due to frequent use.

While the holster that I ordered is for the larger Colt Detective Special, the form-fit of this holster (i.e., it is not heavily boned to an exact shape) also works perfectly well (for me) with the S&W J-Frame snubs.

The Holdout II does work for me in positions other than AIWB.  I'll be honest with everyone and say that my wearing any holstered gun AIWB is usually simple "proof of concept."  I want to know which guns and holsters work for me just in case some change in my life makes regular AIWB carry a requirement.   I much prefer IWB carry just behind the hip; while not as fast as drawing from AIWB, it is a much more comfortable carry. There is plenty of room in the belt loop leather of the Holdout II to allow instant adjustment of cant, fore and aft. I will also admit that, if I am not going to be sitting for a while, I often use this holster AIWB for no other reason than it is quick and easy to put on (yeah, sometime we old guys are too damn lazy to reach around and snap on a holster  behind the hip).  Hell, there have been times that I am so lazy that I simply slip the handgun and holster into my pants pocket.  I like this holster ... it gives me options ... 

I did find that if I tried to tuck the holstere down too far into my pants the snap would pop open.  Other than that, I never had my daily activities ever pop the snap open or push the gun and holster up and out of my waistband.  Note: I am not one to get drunk and try a dance-floor backflip while carrying a gun; aside from such antics, this holster keeps my revolver secure throughout my abnormal daily routines.

The final three photos above show the holster being worn in an unorthodox position, lefthand side, cavalry carry (gun butt forward, the hand is positioned palm-side out and slides between the gun butt and the body in order to draw).  I've tried this "proof of concept" with other righthand holsters OWB and IWB holsters and this is the first time that it worked out.   Why bother?  Well, I like Colt D Frame revolvers with Pachmayr grips and they are easier for me to conceal in the butt forward position; right or left handed I shoot pretty much the same.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Ian McCollum 'splains Colt's 10mm 1911 entry, the Delta Elite

I try not to feed Google's ever evil Youtube click tally, but Ian's video summary of the Delta Elite is worth far more than my shallow integrity.  It is a short video and very well done.  It is well worth a look.

Serial # dates this pistol to 1988

The Delta Elite is the only government model that I prefer to shoot with the front-strap wrap-around rubber grips.

Why did I choose to purchase a Delta Elite?  Happenstance mostly;  this lightly fired pistol was available at a bargain price because of a few scratches from handling, storage, and disassembly/reassembly.

CLICK HERE for a few more of my thoughts regarding the Colt Delta Elite (from 2008).

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Monthly Weigh-in 5/31/2018

It is great to be outside again.  

Well, I guess that the only way I am going to lose weight, and keep it off, is to publicly obsess about it.  Currently I am sporting 215-pounds.  I was sustaining a wee bit over 225-pounds sometime around April Fool's Day when I started getting sick ... sooooo on 4/15/2018 I decided to get serious and trim some of the fat.  It has been a slow process.  I feel a bit better now ... but I had better set some serious benchmarks ... I'm not used to feeling like shit all of the time.  I've been old for sometime now ... and I've been fat for sometime now ... suddenly that mix is taking its toll.  Yeah, I know ... it's time for a visit to the doctor ... I really hate seeing doctors.

How much weight should I drop?  Heh ... at my age, if I can survive the rigors of diet and exercise, I'd probably be much better off carrying 50-pounds less than I do now ... about what I weighed 35-years ago.  In recent years I would celebrate when I could diet down to ~200-pounds ... but I don't think that is going to be good enough nowadays.

It's not a "body image" that I am concerned about, it's a comfort issue.  My gut hangs over my belt line and pushes my pants down.   Since I don't have much of an ass for my pants to hang on to, I have to cinch my belt much tighter than is tolerable.   I'm not just trying to avoid showing plumbers-butt, I am trying to keep my pants from falling to my knees.  An RN (or some sort of Licensed Nurse Practitioner) at a late night health clinic a few years ago suggested that I may have a hiatal hernia and she suggested I should lose weight and loosen my belt (or go to using suspenders as is proper for old fat geezers).  Her advice worked but the symptoms always return when I push my weight higher and pull my belt tighter. Belly fat is my largest reserve followed by my love handles.  Belt holster carry (both IWB and OWB) is not as easy as it was when I was just a bit less corpulent; the added weight of even the lightest holster and handgun just helps my belly fat push my trousers down.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rocket Man Elon Musk threatens an attack against MSM

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk is ratcheting up his war with the press, accusing media companies (in a tweet) of hypocrisy and of having lost the public's trust. He also vowed to launch a website where users "can rate the core truth of any article" and track the credibility of journalists and publications. 

"The holier-than-thou hypocrisy of big media companies who lay claim to the truth, but publish only enough to sugarcoat the lie, is why the public no longer respects them," he wrote. 


Heh!  Of all of the newsworthy people on this earth, Elon Musk is by far my favorite.

(Full disclosure:  Yeah, I still dabble in stocks at this late stage of my life and I do own a small number of Tesla shares.)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

He begged family to take his guns away and apparently they did.

63-year-old ex-cop started having mental issues a couple of months ago so he asked his son to take away his guns.

His mental condition got worse.  Sunday his family took him out to a restaurant for a brunch. He got up from the dining table and went out to his SUV; then the unthinkable happened ...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018