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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review of the Bell Charter Oak "Chicago Rocker," an Appendix Inside the Waistband (AIWB) Holster

Definitions for this blog entry:
AIWB = Appendix Inside the Waistband
Appendix-Carry = Carrying a handgun inside or outside the waistband, anywhere in the area from just in front of the left hip to just in front of the right hip.
Chi-Rock = My abbreviation for Chicago Rocker

I've had this Chi-Rock holster for about one year.  I had no pressing need to buy it;  I simply wanted more B. E. "Lefty" Lewis holsters in my collection.  Well, I'll be darned if it didn't work out to be a dandy niche concealed carry holster for the times when other stuff just didn't quite work out for me.  It is a very no-nonsense, quick-on / quick off, old school design, elegantly utilitarian, and very affordable.  Since I am of short stature and (ahem) somewhat chubby, I don't have enough prime real estate in the appendix area to be carrying anything except blubber; the Chi-Rock optimizes what little my physique has to offer.  The unboned leather is firm, yet it is pliable enough for comfort. The holster does not squeeze the handgun out when I bend or sit, as do the nylon-canvas, cloth, or the overly soft "buckskin" type leather holsters.  

(Description below is a copy-and-paste from the Bell Charter Oak Website)
This traditional revolver inside waistband is ideal for appendix carry. Heavy duty gun spring steel clip will not draw off. Available for most 2 inch barrel J and D frames revolvers from S&W, Colt, Taurus and Charter Arms 2000 revolvers. May be crafted with or without rear position sweat shield, please specify. Available in black or chestnut finish. Neutral cant only.

ABOVE:  I ordered the Chi-Rock to fit my Colt Agent and Detective Special with a veiled hope that it would also be a satisfactory fit for the narrower cylinder (and the frame differences) of my S&W J-Frame and Magnum J-Frame revolvers; it turned out (for my purposes; your mileage may vary) to be just wonderful for use with all of my short barrel D-Frames and J-Frames. 

ABOVE: One problem with owning the long-out-of-production Colt D-Frame revolvers is that many leather outfits don't make holsters for them anymore.   Bell Charter Oak is one of the few firms that still provides quality leather for Colt revolvers; Lefty Lewis likely has been doing so longer than any other leather artisan that is around today.  

ABOVE: The spring belt-clip is quite adequate and is sized on this holster for 1.5'' gunbelts; it seemed overly strong at first but it relaxed after being used over time and is now a very manageable / serviceable strength.  Depending on the fabric of my britches du jour, I sometimes, albeit rarely, wear the Chi-Rock without a belt; yeah, that silly looking old dude shuffling around the block in the early morning hours while wearing pajama bottoms and a t-shirt may have a snub-gun AIWB hanging near his crotch.  

ABOVE: The holster stitching is strong and looks very good.  By design, in order to keep things as thin as possible, the belt-clip is placed a bit on the downside of the revolver's cylinder.  

ABOVE: The closed-bottom is shaped to make sliding the holster inside the waistband a cool breeze, quick on and quick off.

ABOVE:  I can get the rig to ride just a bit lower and closer to the "Zipper O'clock" junkyard position by wearing the clip UNDER the belt instead of over the belt.

ABOVE:  The .357 Magnum J-Frame is a bit larger than a standard J-Frame but it is still smaller than the Colt D-Frame revolvers that this Chi-Rock was purchased to accommodate.

ABOVE: An untucked t-shirt adequately covers the banana gripped Magnum J-Frame used with the Chi-Rock in the prior photo.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

I volunteered for the latest Beta Version of National Healthcare

I had E.D. and a sinus infection at the same time; they prescribed an experimental drug to treat both afflictions ... blowing my nose has become my favorite pastime ...

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017!!

(Above)  This is the morning of Christmas Eve; temperature is 19F and we have a continuing dusting of snow that is predicted to accumulate to maybe an inch.  Yeah baby, that's about all the "White Christmas" I can handle right now.  We'll be stringing single-digit nighttime temperatures Mon - Thurs.  My best to all y'all.   Stay toasty.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Colt Combat Commander .45 ACP Range Review

(#1 target, above) 10 rounds Federal 230 gr HydraShok 21-feet (7-yards)

This was a range session from back on January 19, 2016.  I was unenthusiastic back then (as I am now)  about writing this review because my accuracy was ... well ... my accuracy was pretty much ... boring ... kinda my true average I guess.  It all was humbling but not humiliating.

Anyhoo, this pistol was purchased used; I blogged about it earlier HERE, HERE, and HERE.  This was my inaugural (and thus far my only) range session with it.  I do like the pistol.  The trigger is short and factory semi-sweet.  The little nub of a front sight is a bit of a challenge for my poor old eyes to focus on, but it is good enough.  If I am going to be a better shooter with it I need to shoot it more often.


(#2 target, above) 10 rounds S&B 230 gr fmj 30-feet (10-yards) 

After shooting the first target with hollow-point carry-ammo, I switched over to S&B FMJ ball ammo for the remainder of the session;  I highlighted the bullet holes to make them easier to see

(#3 target, above) 10 rounds S&B 230 gr fmj 45-feet (15-yards)

The bullet hole inside the red circle is an on-paper, in the black, MISS.

Just to further check pistol function, I set another target at 70-feet and blasted at it with near a full box of the FMJ ammo.

A total of 78-rounds of ammo was fired during this session.  There were ZERO-problems (of any kind) with the function of the pistol.  None.  It's a keeper.

Monday, October 30, 2017

We took her to the veterinarian early this afternoon fully expecting that she would not be coming back home.

She is a shelter rescue that has been with us for 18-years.  As near as we can figure, "Coyote" is 21-years and 8-months old although she does prefer that we simply refer to her age as "Forever 21."  Thinking that perhaps this would be among her final moments here at home, I took the above photo; that caption was added after we returned home with her.  The tough old girl again defied our fears and dried our tears.  This cat is living on love.  

My Daughter told me a while back that my teen Granddaughter predicted, "Coyote will outlive Grandpa!"  


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Is the Snubnose .38 better with a laser or without?

Snubs commonly have rudimentary sights.  Am I a better snub-gunner with the laser or without?   

It is a simple muse and I don't believe that this range session answers the question for me.  I guess time will tell; for now, I shoot pretty much the same either way.  The featured snubbie is a S&W 638 Bodyguard wearing Crimson Trace LG 405 laser grips; previous blog entries about "Betty" are HERE and HERE.  Psychologically, I like having the laser and "Betty" has become my favorite airweight revolver for carrying.

EDIT:  Before you read any further, you might want to sneak on over to HERE to view another gunner's laser focus ...

The ammunition used for today's session is pictured above; Federal 130-grain full metal jacket "ball" ammo.  The round nose bullet pushes a hole through the paper rather than cutting it as do (the more expensive) hollow-points.  The holes from the round nose bullets often close up (or nearly so) and are hard to see at any distance (and in photos).

The targets used today were reasonably equal to what Illinois requires to qualify for concealed carry.  My apologies if the target color scheme of "Purple/Pink/White" offends any sector of the human race; these colors are dear to me because they match the spectrum of the blotches on my saggy old butt-cheeks.  In all seriousness, I tend to shoot better with lighter colored targets and prefer them over black targets when available.

All rounds fired today were double-action as fast as I could acquire / reacquire the target (and not piss off the range safety-officer).

(the scoring area of the above target is enlarged below)
(Photos above are target #1)
 30-rounds total USING THE LASER
10-rounds @ 15-feet (5-yards)
10-rounds @ 21-feet (7-yards)
10-rounds @ 30-feet (10-yards)
That was pleasantly surprising; I was able to keep the red dot in a respectable "wobble zone."

(the following EDITs are in the "as far as I know / remember" category; I'll try and find links)
EDIT:  YES, laser sights are allowed during the Illinois Concealed Carry range qualification.
EDIT:  YES, 21 of your 30 rounds fired must be inside (or touching the outside line of) the 7 ring.
EDIT:  YES, Chicago PROHIBITS LASER SIGHTS ON GUNS (other cities may as well)
EDIT:  LASERING A PERSON as a joke or to "scare them away" is against Illinois law.

(the scoring area of the above target is enlarged below)
(Photos above are target #2)
10-rounds @ 15-feet (5-yards)
10-rounds @ 21-feet (7-yards)
10-rounds @ 30-feet (10-yards)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The pants that I prefer almost exclusively for normal everyday concealed carry

This is a trademarked stretch pants version of a trademarked brand that I did not buy for a dozen years or more because they moved the production jobs out of the USA.  Around a year ago I found some (what looked to be) factory seconds that were reasonable priced; I did notice that the size of the front pockets were inconsistent from one purchase to the next (more on that later).

The stretchiness of the fabric helps make inside the waistband carry (IWB) noticeably more comfortable than IWB carry with standard denim jeans.  I found that the placement of the belt loops (from one purchase to the next) were consistently where I prefer them to be and that the loops and the stitching were sturdy enough for the rigors of concealed carry.

All pants that I bought (over time) had pockets at least deep enough to easily carry handgun and holster combinations usually associated with pocket carry, e.g.,  the Glock 26, the Glock 43, J-Frame and D-Frame revolvers, Seecamp and NAA Guardian hidey guns, etc.  But what about pocket carry of something akin to a Glock-19?  Well, a couple of my purchases did have pockets that were stretchy and cavernous enough for the challenge.  In the photo above (to protect the trigger and to keep the G19 in position, a Bianchi OWB belt holster is used as a surrogate pocket holster) we start the experiment ...

 Almost there; so far so good.

Voila!  All gone.  The Glock 19 is now a pocket pistol.   An untucked, oversized, frumpy-fat-old-man shirt will hide the bulges.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The security in Las Vegas struck me as being a few notches better than some places I have been.

Above photos were taken during a trip in January 2005, my first and thus-far only visit to Las Vegas.  Since it was only about 3.5 years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, we had some uneasiness; flashy travel destinations with big crowds make flashy targets for the unstable douchebags that are among our human race.  How to guard against a nightmare?  I dunno.  After last night, Las Vegas and all sites therein will be performing a double-down rethink of everything imaginable.

We visited Mandalay Bay as well as many other sites.  We stayed at Luxor, a very nice place.  If the fates allow, we would like to pay another visit to Vegas.   For now, we pray for the victims of the latest madness.  I am not a righteous enough person to pray for the soul of the murderer.  I do not want to hear his name; I do not want to read his name.

To find Mandalay Bay on the above map, it is at the very bottom.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


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