Friday, July 03, 2020

The Holster Dance

With this new pistol, I'm obviously looking for holsters.  It's been a while since I bought a new holster, and I know that the technologgy has improved.  I know I want one good OWB and one good IWB holster.  I've settled on the OWB holster, a Safariland 6378, a holster I've used for years in other platforms.  It's virtually indestructible, has great retention when the belt loop is installed, and is a holster I am very familiar with.

The IWB holster is up in the air, and I admit that I don't have much familiarity with that type.  I'm also aware that the technology has advanced in the past decade.  A YouTube search led me to a bewildering variety of options, and I've also reached out to my son, who keeps tabs on this sort of thing.

Hickock 45 did a video about eight years ago, and while I trust his opinion, the video is eight years old.   Some videos lid me to Crossbreed holsters, and another led me to Alien Gear.  I like the Alien Gear modular system, but I'm not convinced that I'd use it  all.

What am I missing?  Some of you undoubtedly have a favorite IWB holster.  Give an old man some love and tell me what you think?

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Breaking Records

The post below, where Piers Morgan whined about the number of guns sold in the US since March, is only part of the story.  US citizens are buying guns in record numbers.  In June alone, the FBI conducted 3.9 million NICS checks.  That is a record number.

I hit a couple of pawn shops today, places that normally have a nice selection of used Glocks, or Smith's or Sig's.  The shelves were virtually empty.  I later turned to one of my local merchants, Liberty Arsenal, just down the road from the house.  He deals in all types of firearms, and it's oe of those shops where you can sit and talk for hours, if you have the time.

He tells me that the last quarter has been an amazing time to be a dealer.  He's selling guns to people who, three months ago, were anti-gun.  He also tells me that NICS is backlogged to the point where if you are a fist-time gun buyer, you will probably get delayed, meaning that he has to wait three days to give you the gun.  He tells me that one 80 year old woman came in earlier this week to by an AR-platform rifle, the last he had in stock.  She will pick it up tomorrow.

I had been thinking about getting a handgun that fell between my 1911s and my Ruger LCP.  Something small enough to be unobtrusive, but with enough oomph to get the job done.  I had decided on either a subcompact Glock or a SW M&P Shield.

I carried a full-sized M&P in .45 as a duty pistol for several years, and really liked it.  I shot it well, and the hinged trigger on the M&P really doesn't bother me.  It is what it is, and I've learned to shoot it.

Today, at my local merchants, he happened to have two M&P Shields that his distributor had ust dropped off.  I quibbled a bit, then dropped a card on the table and asked for a 4473.  I was not delayed, and within ten minutes, I was out the door.

I can see, right now, it needs a sight upgrade.  And, I'll need to find some ammo, and a holster for it.

Seen On Facebook

I got out today, ran a few errands and hit a few pawn shops.  The handgun cases are positively empty.  One that I frequent had  several revolvers and one pistol in .22LR.  No Glocks, no Smiths, no Sigs.  No Rugers, for that matter.

The counter-guy told me that there has been a run on handguns, and he simply hasn't had time to re-stock.  He did have one old Webley in .455, marked at $1200.00.  I passed.

I came home and found this on my Facebook feed.

I did go over to his Twiter feed and find the post there before I put it here.  And, I'd like to tell Piers that if that depresses him, it thrills me.  Heretofore, we thought that Obama was the greatest gun salesman in history.  Now, we learn that Antifa and BLM have put him inthe shade.


On Masks

On March 16, 2020, I encountered a woman (a middle-aged woman) wearing a mask in public.  I considered that odd, and kept an eye on her, in a retail establishment.

I am a retied cop, a senior white male with 37 years behind the badge, and with a working knowledge of the Louisiana Revised Statutes.   Masking is generally illegal in the State of Louisiana.  Depending on the circumstances, can get you three years in the Iron Bar motel.  There are exceptions.

But, for all of my 66 years on this planet, wearing a mask except at Halloween or Mardi Gras, was considered odd, eccentric, and maybe even criminal.  Today, it's a fashion statement.  Here in Louisiana we are exhorted to wear a mask as an act of being neighborly, to protect the community.

I've seen the arguments both ways, and I'm not going to debate them here.  But, I have come up with an accommodation that seems to work for me.  I bought a box of masks from Amazon, and carry one with me all the time.  If a store or venue asks that I wear a mask, then I'll comply, solely as an accommodation.  It's no skin off my back, one way or another. 

There are places that require masks, and I decide whether or not to patronize those places.  Asking me is one thing.  Telling me is something else entirely.  I don't play well when ordered to do something.

Our governor is begging us to wear masks to protect our neighbors, and I'm okay with the message and the governor begging.  Governors should beg; it should be their natural mode of communicating. Commerical places have property rights, and if they want to require a mask, then I get to decide if they get my trade.  That's the nature of voluntary commerce.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020


From the words of he master, Jeff Cooper

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Fifty Years

Belle and I were sitting in the manse last night, she reading something on her tablet, me scrolling through YouTube, and she looked up and said, "Martin Luther King is probably spinning in his grave."

I took off my headset and looked at her carefully as she continued.  "All Dr. King tried to do was further civil rights ii this country, and he did it  all non-violently.  He worked to ed segregation and to fight white supremacy, often going head to head with racist governors, judges, and cops.  And he did it all in such a manner that no one could accuse him, or the movement, as violent."

She continued.  "These protesters today have st his movement back 50 years."

I pondered that for a minute, and she turned back to her tablet.

This morning, I see at PJ Media that Dennis Prager agrees with her. 
According to the make-believe world of the left, we are experiencing a great moment in American racial history. For the first time, the story goes, more whites than ever are coming to realize how racist America is, how racist cops are and how systemically racist everything in America is. Only now do many Americans understand just how racist Uncle Ben, Aunt Jemima, Ulysses Grant, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, “whitening” agents, meritocracy, Western culture, Christianity, jailing Blacks and the NFL are. The bestselling book in America is about alleged “white fragility” — the term for any rational response to the irrational charge that all whites are racist.
All this is supposed to be good for America’s Blacks. 
 But none of it is. In fact, it is all destructive.
The pendulum swings in both directions.  It swung one way for Bama and another way for Trump.  We're seeing it swing right now, and while many Americans feel that it may be swinging a little too far to the left, we should remember that it can swing back,  It always does.

Professor, Heal Thyself

I like Kayleigh McEnany, the president's press secretary.  She's combative, straight-forward, and doesn't play well with others.  I watch her every chance I get.

Yesterday a reporter asked if President Trump was glad that the North won the Civil War.  She told him that the question was absurd.  And, it was.

She has drawn the ire of journalists everywhere for refusing to legitimize stupid questions.  A quote from an article.  
According to a former top editor and Columbia Journalism School professor, the combative press secretary “is seeking to undermine the credibility not just of individual journalists or outlets but of journalism itself.”
No, professor, journalists, especially the liberal journalists have  undermined their own credibility.  Kayleigh is simply putting their lack of intelligence at center stage.  Most people understand that journalism has damaged itself significantly during the past couple of decades.
“Gamblers would call such an episode ‘the tell.’ McEnany demonstrated that her goal isn’t to respond directly to these questions, or even to engage in a dialogue about journalistic ethics. It is to throw up so much chaff into the media’s radar that even the most basic critique is deprived of meaning," huffed the professor.
Well, professor, I would maintain that if  journalists themselves engaged in a dialogue about journalistic ethics, that Kayleigh wouldn't have to keep calling it out.

Kayleigh didn't put the knife into the back of current journalism.  They did that themselves.  But she's really good at twisting it.

Monday, June 29, 2020

The St. Louis Couple

I'm sure that you've heard of the St. Louis couple who faced down a group of malcontents whle protecting their property with a rifle and a handgun.

Calm down, no one got hurt, but it sure shows how a singe middle-aged couple can turn away an angry mob who violate property rights. 

The conservative twins have added their comments, and I have to tell you, I love these guys.

The only thing I have to add is that the couple should really take the time to get some serious weapons training.  The muzzle discipline made me cringe.  But, it was effective.


Monday Musing

Whatever engineer designed the starter mounting on a Briggs and Stratton Intek engine should be demoted and forced to work in the shop parking lot.  With one set of wrenches and two screwdrivers.

It has long been my opinion that any consumer gasoline engine should be designed to be disassembled with any standard socket wrench set.  In this particular case, having a mounting bolt behind the bendix assembly is particularly evil.  Another particularly evil joke was putting a Torx-head bolt in that location.

I spent the morning replacing that starter when it should have been a ten-minute job.

Then I come inside and find that John Roberts has one again proved that he is a liberal.  He voted with the majority to strike down a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital. 
Roberts had dissented in the 2016 case and said in a concurring opinion that while he still believes that the past case was wrongly decided, he was ruling with the majority in the present case due to court precedent.
Roberts will turn backflips and jump through hoops to reach a liberal conclusion.  He was hailed as a true conservative when appointed by President  George W Bush, and he has given us Obamacare not once, but twice.  He's sided with liberals on abortion on several occasions. 

John Roberts is a complete disaster as a Justice.  If I ever have the opportunity, I intend to spit on his shoes.

Tension In The City

Rapides Parish is abuzz with news that seems to mimic  national news this weekend.  According to our local TV an officer was trying to make an arrest, and was knocked unconscious. 
After the first suspect was arrested, a second suspect resisted arrest, striking the officer multiple times and knocking the officer unconscious. At some point during the altercation the suspect, by his own admission, attempted to disarm the officer by taking the officer’s duty weapon from him. Bystanders, as well as backup police officers, intervened. The officer used a taser on the suspect, and all three suspects were taken into custody. The officer was treated for his injuries and released.
The officer, from all reports is recovering.

Rumors are buzzing, some fairly salacious.   Of course, our local TV station did what they could do to gin up controversy.  They interviewed a man from Los Angeles who helped the perp make bond.  It told one side of the story, but it contains all the buzzwords that you would expect in a situation like this..  Full interview at the link.

Talking with neighbors and friends, it seems that Alexandria is going the way of  the times.  I'm glad I retired when I did.  Our Sheriff, as of this posting, has been silent on the matter.  It probably hasn't even reached his inbox yet.  Of course, the investigation is continuing but we are not going to hear anything from the police perspective until it goes to court.

I was talking with a prominent local politician yesterday, and he said that he eels really bad for the police officers on the beat.  He went further, saying that he understands that they need the paycheck, but that he would not do the ob of a police officer in this political climate.  He's simply resign and find another way to feed his family.  I understand his feelings.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Defund (Some) Police

The movement to defund police departments started in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed in police custody.  Recently, the Minneapolis city council voted to disband their police department in favor of ... something else.

Now, we learn that members of the city council get private security protection that costs taxpayers $63,000.
The city has spent $63,000 on rent-a-cops for Jenkins and fellow councilmembers Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano during the last three weeks after the three said they had received threats.
But an MPD spokesperson said that no complaints of threats against them had been filed.
The City Council gets private security, but the citizens have to fend for themselves.  That should tell you all you need to know about the progressive agenda.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Good Advise (NSFW)

Instapundit remarks that Chris Rock's old video about how not to get your ass kicked is very good advise and should be required viewing at every "woke" gathering.

For your edification, it is below.

It's Saturday afternoon, and I'm going to see if my gal wants to have a little fun.

How Far We've Come

Looking at all the latest news, it's easy to think that we are facing huge challenges that we must address immediately.  To a certain extent, that is true, but it's helpful to look in our collective rear-view mirror and see where we've been.  It's not like we just began having this conversation and race, or police power, or government.  We've been having this conversation for decades.

The Grouchy  Old Cripple reminded me of this fact, just this morning.  He led me to a YouTube video from 2013 that got me chuckling.

Clueless liberals haven't loarned a single thing in decades.