Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of Lake County, Illinois USA, WELCOME TO THE NEXT CHAPTER! WARNING! ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA ARE ADDICTIVE; EXCESSIVE USE MAY LEAD TO MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS, REDUCED JOB PRODUCTIVITY, LACK OF SLEEP, SOCIAL ALIENATION, BIRTH DEFECTS, BLINDNESS, SEXUAL IMPOTENCY, AND / OR DEVIANT FUNAMBULISM. NOTICE: NO GUNS OR AMMUNITION ARE FOR SALE VIA THIS BLOG. (No, I will not trade my Colt Python for some lubricious adventures with your trophy wife and a future first-round draft pick.) CAVEAT: This blog is not suitable for viewing while at work, while inside a public library, while inside any public or private school, or while inside any public or private restroom. Do not view this blog while driving a motor vehicle or while piloting an aircraft. Viewing this blog may be illegal inside the EU, Chicago, and other parts of the Third World. THIS BLOG CONTAINS (albeit often very childish) ADULT-CONTENT. DISCLAIMER: This blog is a hobby, it is not a livelihood. Even though much of what I blog about relates to firearms collecting and recreational shooting, I am not an expert (by any measure) on any facet of guns, shooting, hunting, or personal defense. Entries at this blog are akin to good old-fashioned campfire chats or post hunt bourbon-fueled barroom-bluster; I offer no opinion on what you should or should not purchase, or what you should be using or doing. What does or does not work for me could be rugged-country-miles away from your tastes and your needs. All products, places, and miscellany that I review for this blog are purchased / rented / leased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, gifts, discounts, freebies, products on loan, distilled spirits, recreational pharmaceuticals, plea-bargains, probation, parole, Papal Blessings, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review or blog post. TRACKING COOKIES: Google et al stick tracking cookies on everybody. If you are online, you are being spied on via one method or another, for one reason or another; 'nuff said. You may be able to minimize your online DNA residue by using Tor and Duck Duck Go. Vive la liberté! Vive all y'all! Ante omnia armari. To each of you, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it!
Please consider RECURRING UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS of ALL FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL POLITICIANS (including but not limited to school records, acquaintances, employment history, Social Media, financial, drug, and psychiatric screenings). Please consider TERM LIMITS; political power corrupts.

'We the Politicians of the United States, in Order to avoid a more perfect Union, manipulate Justice, destroy domestic Tranquillity, provide for the common offense, promote general Warfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty for ourselves and our Progeny, do blaspheme and eviscerate this Constitution of the United States of America." ("Zack," circa 1966 -1970)

Make them earn it.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

My 2016 Traditional Valentine's Day Sentiments

“Buy her diamonds,” say the commercials on radio, television, and the internet. Cram it, that just ain’t gonna happen. I don’t care how much these commercials try to shame me into feeling cheap or unsuccessful, there ain’t gonna be any Valentine’s Diamond. Nor will there be a new Lexus in the driveway, elegantly wrapped in a gigantic heart-shaped red ribbon.

Many women, if not most, hate Valentine’s Day. Not having a significant other, or having one who doesn’t deliver a gift, can be painful. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a cruel day of angst. Even if she has a love who has righteously shown up with a dozen roses year after year, eventually she will wonder why the loser hasn’t bought her a Rolex like Mr. Successful does in the TV commercials.

The only guys who enjoy Valentine’s Day are looking to get Fifty Shades of Laid. Most guys detest Valentine’s Day. Roses can jump to $100 a dozen in some areas, and giving the obligatory heart of chocolates is cliché and considered cheap. When your love says she doesn’t want anything for Valentine's Day, you guys best know that you had better show up with something, and you had better hope your sweetheart did not see that damn Lexus commercial.

The legend says St. Valentine died by execution and I am certain the truth is that it wasn’t just an act of revenge for his womanizing. Once Valentine started giving out the gifts, the little fornicator was doomed; all of the other men knew women would expect gifts forever. If Val had only just discreetly jumped from bed to bed, he would have been allowed to die naturally with a big grin on his face, a very worn out but happy old man. Nope, he just had to start handing out his flowery business cards; "Roses are red, violets are blue, while you husban' be away, I'm a humpin' on you."  The horny little proto-hillbilly bastard got what was coming to him; the way I heard it, that short, fat, bald, incontinent hit man named Cupid was hired to put an arrow through Valentine’s cheatin’ heart.

We now need to find out if the fool who started the "Sweetest Day" nonsense is still around, and if he is, we need to paint everything below his waist with honey and stake it to a Texas anthill.

With my eternal love, and all of that other unctuous saccharin rot, 

Your Valentine,


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Don Hume Pocket Holster 001 No. 43 for the Glock-43

I am real picky when it comes to pocket holsters; since the Glock-43 first came out, none of the pocket holsters marketed for it impressed me; I just recently ran across the above and it struck me as a potential bargain.  Don Hume products have worked out for me in the past; for the ~$25 retail price of the above holster, I didn't think there was much downside risk.  Once it was delivered, I found that the holster properly fits the G43 (only a wee bit of break-in was needed), it fits and protects my pockets (it is ambidextrous), it positions the pistol as it should, and it protects that Glock trigger.  How will I feel about this holster a year from now?  Please check back later.

The above horsehide Galco PH286 is a Glock-26 pocket holster that I have used for around a year to pocket carry the Glock-43.  It did a good job keeping the G43 positioned properly in my pocket but the fit was not ideal because the G43 is a much slimmer pistol than is the G26. 

The Galco PH286 does look to be a good fit for the Glock-43, but looks are deceiving.

By giving the Galco PH286 a strategic squeeze, you can see that the fit is loose enough to allow an unintentional finger or something else down by the trigger of the Glock-43; I have always been keenly conscious of the fact that my improvised use of this holster only marginally protected the trigger of the G43.  Anyhow, now that I have the Don Hume 001 No. 43, a holster that is properly sized for the Glock 43, I can return this ever faithful and durable Galco PH286 back to the Glock-26 kit where it rightfully belongs.

NOTE 3/15/2016:  It has been a month.  I have used this holster almost daily since I got it and it is working out just fine!

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.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Recently I found out that Brownells carries some Milt Sparks holsters

(Shown above with a  Colt Combat Commander)
I always wanted to give a Milt Sparks holster a try but did not want to suffer through the wait.   So, I gots me this here purty little IWB Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 for a Colt Commander from Brownells; not shown is another Milt Sparks SS2 for a full size 1911, also from Brownells.   Although worthy of being preserved as collectibles, the beautiful leather of both holsters will suffer the same fate as my underwear by turning 50 shades of gray over many years of abuse inside my hot, sweaty, pants.  

Notice that the belt loops fit my 1.5'' belt; the holster does stays where it is supposed to and at the intended angle.  I am not a fan of mass produced holsters with loops that are "one size fits all, up to and including belts 1.75'' wide."  Your taste may be different.  BTW, you can purchase different size replacement loops for these Milt Sparks holsters.  As do all makers of quality holsters (that I know of), Milt Sparks uses quality directional snaps where appropriate.  These loop-snaps are easy-on and easy-off but they will not unsnap accidentally, which is good thing because a handgun is one of a very few universally recognized items that had best stay in a person's trousers until an appropriate occasion.

I have been a frequent (and very satisfied) customer of Brownells lately, and I'm not just talking about holsters.  They have "stuff" that I could not find elsewhere.  Few things are worse in life for a guy than needing "stuff" and not being able to find it.  I even tried having a friend look around Facebook for me,  but they must have banned the buying and selling of "stuff."  Until Facebook offers "stuff" that interests me, I'm not joining their silly cult.

Milt Sparks holsters come already broken in better than from most other vendors (the Commander required zero breaking in while the full size 1911 holster required maybe a couple of dozen vigorous "in and out" exercises to be at ease, which is NOT the fault of Milt Sparks;  1911 frames, slides, and finishes are NOT uniform between makers and model years.  I once tried six different 1911 pistols in a new holster (a different vendor than Milt Sparks, BTW) and each fit differently.)  Anyway, if you want a holster that already fits your handgun, Milt Sparks is the best I have yet seen in this respect, but you will probably still need to do a bit of work; Ken Null holsters also require relatively little break-in.

The Summer Special 2 comes with a metal insert sewn into the leather to keep the holster from closing up under your belt when the pistol has been removed from it.  Reholstering is a breeze.   It is a very well executed example of Bruce Nelson's Summer Special, and is as close to the original maker as you will find.

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.  

Monday, February 8, 2016

More than the amount of time spent in the classroom, more than the expense of the course, more than the online application process, and more than the high fee charged by the state, my impression is that the Illinois Concealed Carry live fire qualification range session is what intimidates folks the most.

What exactly are the Illinois live fire requirements for getting a concealed carry license?

Illinois requires a live fire qualification with a concealable firearm consisting of minimum of 30-rounds which must include 10-rounds from a distance of 5-yards, 10-rounds from a distance of 7-yards, and 10-rounds from a distance of 10-yards, all at a B-27 silhouette target approved by the Illinois State Police.

70% of the 30-rounds (21-rounds) must be in the scoring rings of the target.  In order to be scored as a hit, the round must break through the target within the scoring rings.  This includes any portion of the round touching a scoring ring.  Any round outside the outermost scoring ring will be counted as a miss even if it is within the silhouette picture. 

IMHO, Illinois anti-gun politicians have made getting a concealed carry license as difficult and as expensive as they politically could in order to keep the number of issued licenses to a minimum.   They say it is a public safety issue.  I say it is crap.  I am NOT convinced that a live fire session is needed to "qualify" for the right to carry a gun.  That said, I can see where using the above requirements, as a voluntary "personal standard," would be a benefit for me.  However, if some 100-year-old lady can only hit a man size target from kissing distance out to just beyond the length of her arm, and she can only manage to fire 1-round from her Seecamp .32 or her .22 caliber Ruger LCR before her arthritis cripples her trigger finger and her grip, I say God Bless Great Great Granny and her gun; she has the same rights as everyone else does.  Those with infirmities need protection more than the abled.  Give Granny her concealed carry license!  CLICK HERE for some fresh news on PERMITLESS CONCEALED CARRY.  BRAVO!
CLICK HERE and then CLICK on over to HERE to read some concerns regarding concealed carry licenses being issued by states that do not require a live fire qualification.  Well, to me it is unclear why this is any concern.  I have not seen any studies that provide conclusive any evidence that Illinois concealed carry license holders, by virtue of them having a live fire requisite for a concealed carry license, are safer to be around, or are more effective in a gunfight, than are the concealed carrying gunslingers from the states that do not require a live fire session.  

Please considere joining / donating to the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA).  For now, the Illinois Concealed Carry requirements are what they are.  If you want a Concealed Carry License, you have to play by the State of Illinois rules.  If you don't like the rules, you can help by working within the political system to change them; the Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day (IGOLD) is a great way to add your voice to the process.  For now, don't let the requisite live fire session intimidate you; you can do it.  Don't be self conscious; some folks will shoot better than you and you will find that you shoot better than others.  Practice does bring improvement.  Most of all, shooting is fun!  Enjoy the adventure.


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