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The sensitivity warning that you saw before entering this blog site is a a Google Blogger option. Since we are in the era of everybody being offended by everything, I decided it was prudent to flip the switch that activated that optional canned warning. I'll do my best to make myself worthy of that warning,

Blogging to you from the Northeastern Badlands of Lake County, Illinois; DEEP DEEP DEEP DEEP inside the heartland of the Socialist Banana Republic formerly known as the 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, INSOMNIA, SOCIAL ALIENATION, GENITAL ULCERS, BLINDNESS, POLITICAL EROTICISM, 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, NYC, Chicago, Seattle, 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!
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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Shoulder Holster Review: Galco Miami Classic 104 (MC104) with a 2.5'' Colt Python

Ah yes, the Christmas present that I bought for that very special someone in my life; ME!  

Wore it daily since it arrived.  After trying different configurations over that period of time I concluded that this rig works best (for me) with tie-downs on both the gun-side and the off-side.

On some days I did find that I was comfortable with just the off-side (ammo side) tie-down. When wearing the rig with no tie-downs at all I often caught myself in public places performing some indiscreet shrugging and tugging during my attempts to readjust the rig.  

On most days I wore the rig over a teeshirt and under a regular shirt; everything seemed to conceal well. When I was outdoors it obviously was further hidden by my winter coat.  I tell ya, it is such a beeeeoootiful looking rig that it is a damn shame to hide it --- however, open carry is considered uncouth and impolite at the least and is generally illegal here in Illinois.  On a couple of outings I did wear it over a regular shirt but hidden under a vest.  If I ever attend another open-carry advocacy event (usually held on private property in these parts) I'll probably sport this rig just to turn a few heads.  

I tell ya, Galco must have hordes of genuine talent on hand.  It is hard for me to believe that any large outfit can mass produce these great looking holsters with stitching and leather finish that is on par with many of the bespoke master-craftsman rigs I have run across.  

Will this rig be one of my frequent carries?  Nah, I bought it strictly to feed my lust for fine gun leather worthy of this fine old Colt revolver. It was simply a selfish indulgence.  From here on out I'll wear it on the rare occasions when I am feeling cultured and dignified, which is only a small fraction of any calendar year.  





The twin speed loader carrier pictured above is available from Galco but it does not come standard with any rig.  I bought one just to give it a fair ride with this rig and I liked it!  I liked it a lot.  It was not difficult to conceal.  Again, some great design and craftsmanship by the Galco team.  Ultimately I switched the rig back to the standard flat dump pouches; it is nice to have options.





The inspiration for me to buy this particular rig came when I rescued this early Jackass K-frame rig a while back. After giving it a suitable test ride I decided that I just had to have one like it for my dear old Python.  (Notice that there is no provision for a gun side tie-down on the original holster design.) 





This shoulder holster rig is suitable for every revolver listed on the label pictured above.





It appears that Galco is transitioning their shoulder harness straps and fasteners away from the post-and-screw to a keyhole-and-button.  Do I have a preference?  I kinda like this newer system but have grown proficient in managing the post-and-screw method; I can live with either.  My guess is that the new system will prove to be a big win for Galco and many / most of their customers.

Maybe Galco will come up with some special-edition fancy-ass fasteners made from precious metals and inlaid with precious stones.





The body-side of the holster is as flat and smooth as possible; my baby soft skin will never suffer any chafing from this holster buffing my hide with the fabric of my teeshirt; it is just too smooth to ever cause a saddle sore. 

The holster design overall is remarkably the same as the Jackass design from the early 1970's; the notable difference being the extra material needed to create the fin below the trigger guard in order to accommodate the snap button for the gun-side tie-down.





The molding on this side of the holster is not just to make it look cool, it provides for some native-retention of the revolver when the safety strap is open (unlike some of Galco's designs, this holster does not have an adjustable tension bushing).  The holster passed all retention tests that I performed.





That black plastic surrounding the snap-ring on the thumb-break keeps it from scraping at the gun's finish during the draw; it is a very nice engineering detail.  

The leather safety / retention strap took some work to get it conform to its needed shape, which is normal for new leather.  Further, until the strap was adequately broken in it did not want to let go of the hammer during the draw stroke; again, new holsters normally do require some break-in time and effort.


Yeah, I really like this rig.  No regrets.  It's a solid keeper.


(Handheld devices do not display the heading of this blog site so I'll include the disclaimer portion below)

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, demon alcohol, drugs, plea-bargains, probation, parole, Papal Blessings, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review or blog post



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