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Friday, January 22, 2016

Illinois Concealed Carry License Holder released without charges in Gurnee road-rage shooting incident.

The following clips were taken from the Daily Herald.

... all (from one vehicle) were charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon as a felon, unlawful use of a weapon as a gang member, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with no firearm owners identification card, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon with no concealed carry license and mob action.

Charged were: Hector C. Arroyo, 36, who's being held on $250,000 bail at the Lake County jail; Avaro Ruiz, 28, Waukegan, who is in jail on $350,000 bail; and Ramon Corona, 23, who is being held on $150,000 bail.

... the driver of the second vehicle had a concealed carry license and was released without charges.

Gurnee, Illinois road-rage shootout at Washington and Greenleaf


This was not far from home.  
The following clip is from the News-Sun (Tribune).  NOTE: The article may vanish behind the Tribune paywall.

Two men opened fire on each other during a road-rage shooting Thursday afternoon in Gurnee, police said.
Gurnee police Deputy Chief William Meyer said the shootout happened just after 1 p.m. at Washington and Greenleaf streets, a busy intersection with multiple medical buildings nearby.
"A secretary of state police officer heard the shots and called it in," Meyer said.
Both vehicles were traveling west on Washington Street when gunfire erupted in the intersection, Meyer said.

One driver then turned around and attempted to flee, but Waukegan police stopped him without incident and took him into custody, Meyer said. The other driver continued west past the Gurnee police station, where he was arrested nearby, Meyer said.
"We've recovered several shell casings at the scene," Meyer said.
Police impounded both vehicles, Meyer said. The two men were in custody but no charges had been filed as of Thursday afternoon.
"It's going to take a little while to sort things out," Meyer said. "We're not sure who started what."

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A most excellent looking IWB holster for the Beretta 84 FS Cheetah

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 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, or sexual favors for doing any review.  

1/22/2016 EDIT:  The holster arrived today, it shipped on 1/19/2016, so I would say that is pretty good service from Beretta USA.  What I am not crazy about is that the belt-loops are RUBBER (or some other damn synthetic) and not leather.  I am positive the Beretta website said LEATHER; in fact, it DOES say leather loops; here is a "copy and paste" from  the website, "Leather loop complete with double button belt release."  BAH!  BTW, the loops are for 1.5'' belts; the site did not specify.  I was hoping for 1.5'' and that's what I got.  Anyway, many years ago I grew to detest rubber holster straps; they did not last back in those days and I have no reason to believe that their durability has improved.  

IMHO, this holster does not sit far enough down inside the waistline, it should sit close to an inch deeper;  if the butt of the pistol hooks on something, the holster (along with the pistol) can flip out of the waistband;  this is a common problem with IWB holsters for (+ or -) PPK size handguns.  Further, the cant of the holster is controlled by hook and pile (Velcro).  The greater the cant of this holster, the more likely it is to flip out of the waistband if the pistol hooks on something.  At a zero cant and with my belt a bit tighter than I like, the holster does keep the handgun reasonably secure.  

I almost sent this holster back but decided to keep it for better or worse; I'll see if I can have some local leather artisan make me a better (leather) belt loop rig for it.  Pictures can be deceiving; knowing what I know now, I likely would not have ordered this holster.  The Beretta 84 Cheetah is a dandy little pistol, but it was never popular enough for the best of our domestic holster makers to invest their efforts into creating top line holsters for it.  This holster may be as good as the market can offer for the Cheetah, but it is certainly not what I was hoping for.   

2/3/2016 UPDATE:   I've been wearing this holster every chance that I can get.  For me, it is a holster for light, casual carry; it is not suitable for me to wear anywhere or anytime there is physical activity.  The snaps on the belt loops are not very secure; they easily pop open with just the stress of brushing against something.   THE BODY OF THE HOLSTER IS NOT BAD AT ALL!  The reinforced mouth does hold-open for re-holstering the handgun.  If they had just set the holster to ride a bit lower, used quality leather belt loop straps, and used quality directional snaps, this would be a mighty fine little rig.  

2/6/2016 UPDATE:  I give up.  I'd be better off just sticking the Cheetah into my waistband without a holster.  This holster is not working out and is going into the "holster box" for now.  The snaps on the belt loops keep opening on their own.   It is a shame.  The holster cost over $80. The body if the holster seems fine, but the cheap loops and snaps ruins everything for me.  Seriously, folks, please   use directional snaps on your holster loops.            


The original blog post of 1/19/2016 is below.
A most excellent looking holster, indeed.  I have one on order from Beretta USA.  The site noted that the holster was made in Italy; that makes it very cool in my book.

The 84 FS Cheetah joined my household a bit over three-months agomy search for a quality IWB holster for it was in vain, until now.

After some serious wearing-time over the past two-months, I find that the Ken Null SMZ shoulder holster has worked out perfectly for me and the Cheetah.  The SMZ and this IWB will be all the holsters that I will need for the Cheetah.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Spring is here! The first robins of 2016 found frozen to death in the bushes outside my home.

Just teasing.  We have robins that stay here all winter.  Braving the below zero temperature this morning, the two robins in the photo were alive and well; a total of six of them were in the front yard catching some early morning sunshine.

Yesterday it was quite a bit warmer and we counted two dozen robins in the front yard.

Monday, January 11, 2016

This 1982 Colt Commander is currently a work in progress

(Don't you be looking at this gun unless you have your new Obama FFL)

IMHO, my recently purchased 1982 vintage Colt Combat Commander, although it has been stripped, inspected, cleaned and lubed, is not yet quite range-worthy or suitable for self defense duties (it's just a mental-comfort-level thing with me).  However,  since our near-zero winter weather required suitable attire, I used the extra layers of clothing as cover to take the old pistol on a few practice (empty chamber) "inside the waistband" shopping runs (my usual J-Frame carry gun was also with me in case of need).

(A sharp eye may catch the fact that the IWB holster in the photo is not for a Colt Commander; it is for a full size 1911.  If this Commander works out for me, I will be purchasing holsters of proper size.  If the Commander fails to be reliable, it will be sold; I have enough guns in the collection that are just taking up space.)

All safety aspects of this old Colt Commander check out.  Since this pistol was made prior to the Series-80 firing pin block, I ordered out (but have yet to receive) enough spare HEAVY firing-pin-return-springs to last any gunslinging-fool a lifetime (NOTE:  It is commonly believed that a heavier than normal firing-pin-return-spring makes pre-Series-80 Colt 1911 pistols adequately "drop safe*."  To some degree, all springs weaken with use, so it is prudent to replace even the heavy springs routinely.)

In a preemptive move to maintain / improve reliability, I also ordered out (and have yet to receive) some new recoil springs; whenevery a recoil spring warrants routine replacement, the aforementioned firing-pin-spring will also be replaced.  Further still on reliability, the sole mag that came with this old pistol will be retired to the 1911 range bag; for carry use, I ordered out (and have yet to receive) some ultra high quality 1911 pattern 7-round-magazines (over the years, my large collection of ultra high quality 8-round-magazines failed to deliver their advertised perfection even when used with ultra high quality hollow-point ammunition).

* "Drop Safe" is the desirable quality of a gun (having a round in the chamber) to NOT go "BLAMMO" when dropped.


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