“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”

― Frank Herbert

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A weapon makes all the difference in what you can achieve if need be.

Can you tell I like Galco holsters? I particularly like the Miami Classic.  The holster with the High Power in it is an old Jackass Leather Company job. Someone told me once that Jackass Leather Company became Galco, or was bought by Galco, I can't remember which.

At any rate, I have these holsters for the M1911A1, the Sig P226, the Taurus 92 or Beretta 92, and then my High Power. You can tell how old the High Power rig is because as you wear them, they get a dark brown color over the years.


Once it cools off, I can wear a vest so I go with the shoulder holster. Over the years I've built up quite a collection of vests. Everything from expensive sports vests to cheap fishing vests. What I wear depends on what will fit in where I plan to be.

In summer I wear a pig skin inside the belt holster and carry a Walther PPK. It's in .380, and unusually for me, I load it with hollow points. I've fired a good many through the gun and never had a feeding problem so I'm comfortable with that. You have to be careful with guns designed before the 1960's, because you can have feed ramp problems with hollow point bullets.


If I'm at home and just killing time, or working outside, I usually have a rifle. This particular rifle is a Soviet Tokorev SVT-40.  Nice semi-auto weapon, but you have to keep it spotlessly clean and use very high quality ammo or it can jam on you. Relatively light weight for all you get.

I trust this type of gun more than I do a lot of modern weapons. It does have a gas system, but doesn't seem to give the trouble you get with so many rifles that do.


Thinking of some of the blogs I read overseas, I guess if I lived there I'd be carrying a sword and a crossbow. Seems funny at first until you realize that those folks are really reduced to that. Still, you have to make do with what you can get.

21 comments:

  1. is it really dangerous on you mountain? are the guns in case of mountain lions or bears?

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    1. Even vicious mutant ferrets.....hahaha

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    2. Sol, I live way out there. We have a number of animals like bear's and hogs that are dangerous. A few years ago a man and his wife were out walking in the woods about eighty miles from here and were both killed by a pack of wild dogs. But it's the two legged predators I am most concerned about and we certainly have those here.

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    3. Matt, I have to cover the ferrets retreat! :-)

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  2. Man I am jealous of all those holster rigs not to mention the sidearms.

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    1. Took me many years to acquire them. Working part time in a gun store didn't hurt.

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  3. Note to self never ever go to your place WITHOUT calling first..big grin.lol.

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    1. Yes,that would be a good idea. Anyone coming up here via the vehicle trail would have to cut the lock on my gate and I would assume they were up to no good. That would be bad for them.

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  4. Very nice collection, as always. I own a Miami Classic for the Glock 9mm which is my only semi auto pistol type so that's handy. Don't use it all the time but it is great for the times I need it. Would like one for the big wheel gun but probably wouldn't use it enough to justify the cost for a long time.



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  5. It depends on how often you would carry the revolver I guess. All of my carry guns are semiautomatics. The Miami Classic is comfortable and I can get the gun out in a hurry so I look at it as a good investment. I know you are particular about your equipment so I am not surprised that you got a Galco for your Glock.

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    1. Harry, For years when I was younger I got what was affordable. Thankfully over the last couple years we've been doing better and I knocked some low hanging fruit off the list to free up funds. At this point often a new purchase is getting the "just right" thing that, baring loss, will never need to be replaced. In any case I like the idea of buying something that is the right answer for a particular category instead of an OK one that kicks the can down the road another year.

      Frequency of carry is the rub. With the exception of my little .38 I carry Glocks for defense against people. I like having a full sized steel .357mag on inventory for 4 legged game there are few times it is the best answer for carry right now. In a couple years when our daughter gets out of diapers and we start camping/ hiking/ etc it's utility will increase and such a purchase might be justified.

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    2. You're the only one I know who carries a revolver anymore. A steel pistol is heavy, and only six shots. They are better for camping and the field, though, because in general they pack more power than a semi-automatic pistol. I know there are Desert Eagles and other such oddities out there, but just as a general rule. I have a couple of the Ruger .44 pistols but they're so big and they kick so hard that they just stay in the box.

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  6. Sonny Crockett (Miami Vice) would be proud sir. :^).

    I used to carry horizontal underarm for several years, the firearm is easily accessible seated / standing. Some women have issues with the carry due to having to cross their 'anatomy' :^) but my issue with the Uncle Mikes cordura was the rubbing of my inner arm as I hiked, as well as it interfereing with my standard slung rifle carry method, Whelan carry. That is carrying it on off shoulder, muzzle down.

    A darn pity, I usually carry crossdraw now but that horizontal shoulder carry sure was comfortable.

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    1. I like the shoulder holster rig and I'm usually not carrying anything else because I don't do much hiking these days. The thing I notice most now is the weight of the pistol. I know it sounds ridiculous, but lugging around a .45 starts to be tiring as the day passes though it never bothered me in years past. I am seriously giving consideration to switching to something lighter. I have an Uncle Mike's shoulder rig (nylon) for the P-38. That's a nice light set up.

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    2. That Uncle Mike's is probably the one I have. Padded black cordura with nylon straps. The opposite side has a leather tab with a flap for one magazine reload ? If so, that it. During deer season, I pretty much always wore a M65 G.I. jacket and the rig was protected and still easily accessible.

      That UM sure was forgiving on the firearm used. I inserted a 4 5/8" Blackhawk .41 Magnum and a Star PD .45 and the holster did work fine for both. The PD was about 1/2 the weight and is my 'high miler' - I carry that pistol very often.

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    3. Go Glock!!! A G19/17 weights very little and packs more ammo than a high power. Not saying we're a cult or anything (Children of the Glock;) but if you want a full sized double stack pistol without the weight of the steel to haul around it's a valid answer.

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    4. I don't really feel comfortable with Glocks. I have a 17, 19, 26 and I think the .40S&W is the 22? But they don't feel right, they're too light. Worse, they have no "real" safety, just that little thing sticking out of the trigger. I guess I could carry a Glock because I don't carry with a round in the chamber anyway, so there's no way I could shoot myself despite that weird "safety" set up. And the weight of a .45 is getting to be too uncomfortable. I must be shrinking as I get old.

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    5. My Uncle Mikes that I use with the Walther P38 doesn't have an extra magazine pouch on it. I wish it did. I've been keeping my eye out for a mag pouch that would hold the P38 mag and fit on the rig. Wouldn't matter who made it, so long as it worked.

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  7. It does look like a great collection! You look prepared.

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    1. Well, I'd be a bad choice for the local Hispanic gang bangers to pick on, that's a fact. When you get older and can no longer do the Conan the Barbarian routine, you still don't have to be helpless.

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