Thursday, May 22, 2014
Mad at Uncle Mike's and other matters of grave importance.
I have the Uncle Mike's rig pictured on the right. But it's just not first class. The straps tend to slide when you pick things up (like a 50 lb sack of feed), which leaves the gun off balance and maybe showing under your vest. It also puts a lot of pressure right on the base of your neck. That's not so bad for short interludes but it has started giving me a headache.
I could go back to my Galco shoulder holsters, but those are all for big hand guns and the weight is oppressive. Put a fully loaded M1911 in one hand, and a fully loaded Walther in the other, and you'll be amazed at the difference.
When I'm fiddling around outside, I can just carry a rifle. Close to home I have a Mauser or an Enfield handy, because they are full powered and sturdy. But if I am going out aways, for instance if I'm walking my property line, I take a mouse gun. I don't really like them, but again, they weigh so much less than a full sized battle rifle. Huffing and puffing through the stifling heat and humidity, that matters. It's especially important in some places where my land is steep.
Obviously, if I am going to town or somewhere else there are people, I can't lug a rifle. So I wear my trusty fishing vest of the many pockets. It covers my shoulder holster, it's cool in the summer time, and I like all those pockets. I can put my wallet, my cell phone, my check book, spare magazines, my folding knife and other useful things in the vest pockets. But not the shopping list. My wife is tired of me having to empty out all my pockets to find the shopping list in the store, because I forget just which pocket it went into.
My vest is many years old now and it is starting to get ripped here and there. I have been looking in Sportsmans Guide for a not so expensive replacement. The NRA store has some nice one's but the NRA store caters to the very well heeled. A bit out of my price range for shopping purposes.
Sportsmans Guide is more of an "everyman's" emporium. I'll find something there that suits me in the affordable range. The next vest I buy won't have quite so many pockets.
The ferrets had a very rowdy night, pushing the fireplace tool stand off the hearth and nearly giving me a heart attack in the process. Somehow, one of them managed to climb up the wall, latch on to the satellite radio antenna, and bring it crashing down too. Today they are sleeping, so for a little while it is quiet. Ferrets can be challenging friends, from time to time.
It's finally nice and warm here, at least for the moment. This picture was taken in April. I sincerely hope that last winter was just an aberration, and not a harbinger of things to come!