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.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Is this tactic in some handbook for the politically insane?

(from POLITICO 6/29/2018)

A California man is charged with threatening to kill FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's children because he was "angry" about the repeal of net neutrality regulations, the Justice Department said today.

Markara Man, 33, of Norwalk was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with threatening to murder an immediate family member of a U.S. official.

Prosecutors say Man sent three emails to Pai in December 2017, the month the Republican-led FCC voted to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules.

One of the emails, sent Dec. 20, to Pai's government and personal accounts had the subject line "Cheers." The body of the email listed the names and addresses of three preschools in and around Arlington, Va., where Pai lives, followed by, "I will find your children and I will kill them," according to the affidavit against Man.


Friday, June 29, 2018

Monthly Weigh-in 06/29/2018 = 210 lbs

Yesterday (and on the couple of days prior) the bathroom scale confirmed that my weight is down 5 lbs from a month ago ... that is a total loss of 15 lbs so far this year.  Although 210 lbs is still too much lard for me to be lugging around at my age (my vanity insists it is still too early for me to be categorized as being in my late sixties, "I'm only mid-sixties, dammit!"), I celebrated this dieting milestone by having walleye and asparagus at one of our finer local restaurants (the bowl of chicken and dumplings that was included was nearly a diet buster but was too devilishly delicious for me to push aside).  We then went to the local mega-mall to stroll off some calories and found that we durn near had the place to ourselves ... very few customers ... or mall walkers.  The place used to attract the (ahem) oldster crowd of health walkers ... the only signs of old-timers doing any mall walking that I saw last night was when I caught my reflection in a store window.  

The mega-mall sometimes has physical activities for the youngsters too, as shown HERE and HERE, but I prefer the quieter moments.

I spent most of year 2017 at this weight (210 lbs) and only suffered moderate discomfort, but when I porked up to 225 lbs earlier this year I suffered through the excruciating reminders about how dangerous my weight can get.  It's no longer an option; I can't treat this as a hobby; serious calorie counting is now a rule.   

I toast the simple pleasures.   

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A Peter Fonda admirer?

Be it ever so humble, it is my opinion that this guy is a damn fool idiot.  Then again, maybe he was just following orders from up the chain ...  I wonder if "The Party" will reimburse his legal expenses.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

I predict that in a few years many folks, if not most, will opt to wear body video cameras.

Many will wish to clarify the fog of "he said or did this, she said or did that" during incidents involving injury, negligence, or malice.  Many will do it for the same reasons they take vacation photos, purely for securing treasured moments but I predict most will do it for protection.

Confronting others for their political affiliations, whether it is on a public sidewalk, in a restaurant, at the gas pump, or in front of their home, is rude and uncivilized.  The law should not tolerate such disorderly conduct.  If the zealot clowns of any political persuasion think that all is fair, then we'll see you in court ... and perhaps forever on the ever-entertaining interwebz videos.

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.

ADDENDUM 2/16/2019
Even works with this Ruger SP101 .357 

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).


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