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Archive for June, 2006

How The Deadly Cavalry Draw Will Hurt You

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 14th June 2006

The infamous “Cavalry Draw” is one of the most dangerous draws on record.

What’s a “Cavalry Draw” you ask?

Remember in the old westerns when cowboys would carry their pistol with the butt facing forward on the strong side of their body? In the old 50’s TV series, “Wild Bill Hickok,” Guy Madison carried two guns that way.

Bill Elliot did the same thing before him. The Cavalry Draw requires gripping the pistol with the back of your hand toward your waist and twisting the gun “right way around” as you draw and bring the gun toward the target.

With their single action Colts, they could cock the hammer while drawing the pistol.

It’s a little different today. Like everything else, while it may look good on TV and in the movies – it just isn’t practical in real life.

Where the Cavalry Draw shows up today is when a right-handed shooter finds it feels comfortable to carry in the small of the back using a left-handed holster with the butt of their gun canted toward their strong side. 

They draw with the back of their hand toward their body during the draw and inadvertently sweep the muzzle across their body as they bring the gun to bear on their target. 

Look, we all know you just can’t afford to point the gun at yourself during the draw, especially during the stress of defending yourself for real. 

Time after time, police officers and civilians have pulled the trigger early and fired a shot in their holster, into their leg, their foot, the floor in front of them.  The mind is screaming “Shoot! Shoot!” and the trigger finger wants to obey. 

It’s not unusual to see bullet holes in the floor or carpet walking up to the target when examining the scene of the shooting afterwards. I’ve seen it myself. 

If you pull the trigger early while inadvertently sweeping your body with the muzzle, it’ll just ruin your whole day.

Bottom line?  Avoid unintended injury by carrying your pistol in a way that eliminates an accident while drawing.

Do this instead: if you want to carry near the small of your back, offset it slightly toward the strong side (away from your spine) and use a holster that requires a normal draw – a draw with your palm facing your body instead of away from it. 

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We’ve Shortened Our Lead Time!

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 13th June 2006

It used to be that you could count on us to ship your IWB’s within 4 weeks. Almost all of you were happy to wait because Tucker always delivers on his quality workmanship, custom-made to your satisfaction.

Well, I pay attention to your comments on the gun forums and email, and it’s clear there’s something missing – a shorter wait for your holsters.  Some of you want high-end stuff like Tucker’s with a shorter time waitin’ on the mail man. 

Tucker and I were talkin’ and I told him it was time to see what we could do to shorten our lead time. I asked him if there was anything we could do.  He asked me, “Well, are people happy with the quality, even if they have to wait?”

I said, “Sure they are. I get emails and phone calls braggin’ on how much they like ‘em.” 

Then I hesitated, and finally said, “Well, the only thing more folks say they want, is they want their holsters quicker.”

Tucker didn’t say much. Just “Huh.” And then walked off, muttering something about calling me in a few days.

“Here’s what we’re gonna to do,” Tucker began, a couple of days later. “We’re going to get them their holsters quicker. That’s what they want, then that’s what they’ll get. Tell ‘em, Rob. 3 weeks from now on. No more of this 4 weeks crap.”

So there you have it folks, Tucker’s has set the shop up to keep the craftsmanship at the same elite level, only now you’re going to get them faster.

3 weeks from receipt of order and your IWB holsters (inside the waistband) will be in your hands. .

Christmas came early this year. Pass it along.

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It Really Is The “Answer”

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 12th June 2006

A number of you have been wanting to know how the Answer holster got its name. 

It started one day when Tucker and I were kicking around some ideas, talking to some customers and we asked the question, “How could we make the ultimate IWB holster?”

Because we knew all the current designs seemed to leave something out that people wanted.

They left out things like stability or comfort or speed. Very few allowed you to tuck your shirt over the rig when it was too hot to wear a jacket (or when the fashion police frown on just hangin’ your shirttail out to cover your gun.)

Folks told us it had to be fast, stable, comfortable enough for all-day carry, completely concealable and easy to reholster. They wanted it to be virtually indestructible and tuckable too.

We know about “hot” in Houston and that means no coats, vests or jackets if you want to stay cool. 

People wanted to tuck their shirt into their pants over the top of their holster and have the whole rig disappear. We saw a big possibility for a breakthrough: a holster that had it all.

Working with our friends at Comp-tac, who make fine Kydex holsters, Tucker came up with a leather/kydex hybrid that has the best of both worlds. It’s “comfortable Kydex” to coin a phrase.  (Sometimes people complain that regular Kydex holsters are so hard they poke them in the wrong places.)

The new design was also adjustable, fast and very concealable. In fact, it had everything but a name. So, I decided to let the folks on the gun forums (many of whom are our best customers and dedicated fans) pick the name and win one of the very first hybrid holsters.

A win-win for everyone, right? And boy, did they come through for me!

The response was terrific but some of the names were a little odd – like “tool shed.”

Ok, I get it, sort of. A gun is a tool, but . . . 

So, after a few days the deadline for the “Name The Holster” contest came and we picked the winner. A very smart contributor had noted that the problem with most IWB’s was how to put all the desirable features in one holster design with nothing important left out, and he declared that our holster was the “Answer.”

It was the Answer to the problem, maybe an Answer to a prayer. So, if you’re looking for comfort, concealability and tuckability when you need it, we’ve got the Answer: The Tucker Answer IWB.




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Custom Leather/Kydex Holsters Built To Your Specs

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 5th June 2006

Tucker holsters are not some cheap-ass, mass produced holsters. They are expensive, and they are worth it. Sure Blackhawk can make 500 Kydex holsters and have them sitting around, but thats not what Tucker is about.

Tucker makes custom leather/kydex holsters built to your specs, within reason.

When I ordered the first of my 2 “Answers“, I wanted a few custom things done to them –have it sit a ‘lil lower, double up on the leather, have a sweatguard.

When I asked about having that done, the only response I got (from Tucker’s super-friendly rep) was “Sure, no problem!” I have since purchased 2 more holsters from Tucker, and they are all top-notch.

I do not mind waiting for them, and usually the wait time is less than what I was told it would be anyway.

Good things come to those that wait. If you will give them a chance they will earn your business.”

— Tim P.

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