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Archive for August, 2006

Do You Intend To Win?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 27th August 2006

Do you intend to win? I’d bet you want to win. I was reminded of the question two weeks ago while watching Tiger Woods win the Buick Open and his 50th tournament title. Tiger intends to win. I saw it again last week as he won the PGA Championship at Medinah, IL by 5 strokes. This weekend (8/28/06) Tiger won once more at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational despite stumbling several times. Intention is not a guarantee, it’s just the foundation for accomplishment.

There’s a huge difference between “wanting” and “intending.” It applies to golf, business, relationships, “life” and especially to winning. We all want stuff, but I assert that we seldom actually, really intend to have it. We don’t demand to have it.

Intending is a conscious decision, a “no kidding” commitment to yourself.

The dictionary says:

1 : A course of action that one intends to follow.

2 : A determination to act in a certain way : RESOLVE

3 : What one intends to do or bring about

synonyms INTENTION, INTENT, PURPOSE, DESIGN, AIM, END, OBJECT, OBJECTIVE, GOAL mean what one intends to accomplish or attain.

If you’re a shooter, a competitor, or desire to survive an armed confrontation, work on your intention. Give this conversation some thought.

We’ve all met “wannabee’s” who focus on wanting the goodies in life, the success, the recognition, the wins, the money, the prizes.  When you hear someone talk about what they want in business, life or the shooting sports what do you really hear?  Can you hear their intention (or lack of it)? You may not have thought about this but actually, you do listen for it. We all do. I request you listen for it in yourself.

If you notice, you can often tell who simply wants something and someone who intends to have it.

You know yourself as well. There’s a lot that you want, but what do you really intend having?

The test might be that you see yourself in action to achieve what you intend, that you are unstoppable, persistent, committed.  You certainly notice that in others, judge their intent by their actions in support of what they say they are committed to having.

I suggest you actually give this some thought.  What do you actually intend?  What are you willing to put your butt on the line for?  What will you declare to someone else that you are committed to having?  Do you intend to win?  Do you intend to develop the skills necessary? Are you willing to get the training you need?  Will you survive an armed confrontation? Someone said, “we either have the results or the reasons why not.”

Notice if your actions reflect what you say you are committed to accomplishing. See if you can feel the intensity of commitment and intention you see in Tiger Woods. You may find a new level of power to have what you want for yourself. 

There is recent brain science that suggest that your brain will organize itself to bring about what you say out loud and intend to have happen.  It’s way beyond “woo, woo stuff.” It’s called intention.

If you intend to succeed in business, your career, your relationships and certainly in shooting competition or in surviving a potential armed attack then distinquish intention for yourself.  Have a conversation about it with other like-minded friends. Have a look for yourself, at yourself, to see if you just want it or if you intend to have it.

I invite your thoughts and discussion on this topic.



Posted in Good To Know, Top Gun Life Lessons | 1 Comment »

Can’t Believe This Is Happening to Me

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 24th August 2006

In defensive situations, people deny that they are actually being attacked. “this can’t be happening to me”, “why would this guy want to hurt me?”

It’s predictable. People even say it out loud, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.”

People who are victims of violence have a hard time understanding what is happening to them. People often get so wrapped up in what’s supposed to happen, or should happen that they’re not present to what is happening.

We’re just not used to violence. Most of us have no experience of it.  It doesn’t seem real when it occurs. Most adults have never been in a violent confrontation. 

How do you go from the comfort your “mental recliner” to the fires of hell? How do you shift your reality that fast and react decisively, with the intention to survive? 

Tucker and I had a part-time shooting school in the mid 1980’s.  I lived in the country and I had a 50-yard shooting range with a big dirt backstop 8 feet high and 50 feet wide. We decided to teach people defensive shooting and had success attracting students.

One day, “Annie” came with her mom and two aunts – four ladies, all with Charter Arms .38 Special revolvers – wanting to learn to shoot defensively.  We split the day alternating between classroom sessions and shooting. They all did well since we concentrated on distances from 3 feet to a maximum of 7 yards. 

We taught them to combine speed and accuracy. We discussed the fact that people who were threatened or attacked often said, either out loud or to themselves, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.”  We felt we had given them a good grounding in the law, mental conditioning, confrontation avoidance and shooting skills.

Several months later, I received a phone call from Annie’s mom.  I was shocked to hear her mother say, “Annie’s been in a shooting.”  My heart jumped. I didn’t know the outcome until she told me Annie was okay and the guy who attacked her was dead.

The story was that Annie, newly divorced, had been out late at a club. She left her purse in the trunk of her car, taking her keys, money and I.D. into the club.  Her Charter Arms .38 was in her purse. When she came out after closing time, she returned to her car, opened the trunk and retrieved her purse. After closing the trunk she opened her driver’s side door.

At that moment a young guy poked a gun in her ribs and told her to get in and slide over. As I recall, his gun was a .25 auto of some kind. Thank goodness he wasn’t interested in her purse.

He drove her car and pointed the gun at her as he drove.  Annie told us later that she actually said to the guy, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.” She said it several times.

After 20 minutes they were in a lightly populated area.  He turned into the drive of a burned-out house, stopped the car, opened his door and got out.  He turned back, pointing the gun at Annie, and told her to get out of the car and leave her clothes in it.

What he didn’t know was that Annie had gotten over her panic, placed her purse on her right side by the passenger door and slipped her hand into it.  She had a good grip on the little revolver.  When he told her to get out and leave her clothes in the car, she knew she had to act. There was no assurance that he’d let her live.  Even so, she hesitated.

In our classroom we had discussed reaction times.  She knew she had the element of surprise even though he had a gun. The guy felt in control and he relaxed. Still, it takes something to shoot another person, even when you want to survive.  It was then that he reached in, grabbed her left shoulder, pointed his gun at her and yelled a command to hurry up or else.

We had told the Annie in class to fire two shots to center of mass, then assess the situation to see if more shots were required.  Annie’s hand came out of the purse and emptied the gun into the threatening mass.

The first shot X-ringed the center of his chest, the second was in the same vicinity.  The third shot hit him in the side as he turned away. The fourth shot hit the back of his shoulder and the fifth shot went over him as he fell face-down outside the vehicle. The little revolver only held 5 rounds.

She had forgotten all about firing two shots.

Annie got to a phone, called a friend, called the police and was no-billed by the grand jury. One bad guy takes a dirt nap and one young lady gets to live and take care of her young daughter.  After a few days, Annie felt remorse and questioned her actions.

Tucker went to see her since he’d been in real life shootings as a police officer and could offer some real world experience.  He had her see that she had done the right thing and that the bad guy had caused his own demise. She was okay with it and glad to be alive.

One last twist to the story is that Annie wanted to get rid of the little gun that saved her life. She didn’t want it reminding her of the incident. Guess what she did – she swapped it for her mom’s identical Charter Arms .38 special revolver and has carried that since so far as we know.

Thank goodness Annie had the time and the control to go beyond “I can’t believe this is happening to me” and took the action necessary to survive.

Posted in Good To Know, Top Gun Life Lessons | 4 Comments »

Secrets Revealed! Tucker Makes A Holster – Part 4 – Wet Molding

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 11th August 2006

Once a holster is cut (often dyed and stamped) and sewn, it’s time to wet mold the holster to the gun.

The holster is dipped in water until just the right amount of water is present. Years of experience dictate just how much. Either the actual gun, or more often, an aluminum “form gun” is inserted into the holster.


Just the other day, Crimson Trace Laser Sights sent us some forms (the laser sight casings with the guts missing) so Tucker can make sure your holster will fit perfectly when you add them on.

Then, with clean hands and fingers, Tucker presses the leather around the gun and the leather begins to show the outline of the gun itself.


Then Tucker has some favorite hard cocobolo wood tools he uses to press and mold in the fine details. Soon every detail of the gun is visible through the leather.






Some people remove the form gun from the holster at this point and then press the leather back in shape because it spreads a bit when the gun is removed. Tucker doesn’t remove the gun at this point.

He leaves the gun in the holster and hangs it upside down to dry for 24 hours in an air-conditioned space. If the gun falls out, the holster isn’t fit correctly.

For the record, Tucker hasn’t had one fall out in 20 years.


After 24 hours, the gun is removed and the holster is allowed to dry another 24 hours. In the past, Tucker has used a drying cabinet that uses warm air to speed the process, but his present method works very well.

Once the holster is dry a special combination of warm waxes and oils is used to apply the final finish and seal the leather. Very little is used because a holster should be hard and stiff, not soft and pliable.


Posted in Tucker News You Can Use, Watch Tucker At Work | 2 Comments »

Secrets Revealed! Tucker Makes A Holster – Part 3 – Sewing The Holster

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 9th August 2006

First, Tucker likes to cut a stitch groove in the leather where the stitch line will be. It makes for a much nicer look and protects the stitching against abrasion somewhat when it’s worn.



The two halves of the holster are glued together using “Barge’s Cement.”
It is applied to both sides and allowed to become tacky before the two sides are mated.
The main purpose of the glue is to prevent movement during sewing.



After the two sides are glued together, the sandwiched edge is abraded with a cartridge roll on a spindle that spins and moves up and down to even the edges perfectly.



Now the mated and edged leather is taken to the machine and sewn.
The machine that Tucker uses is a Tippman pneumatic machine.



Tucker takes a first pass with a single line of stitching.



Then Tucker double stitches the areas of max stress.



The stitching is done with the highest quality synthetic threads so that the seams can never rot and come apart during the life of the holster. And that’s just one of the secrets on how we guarantee our holsters for life . Betcha can’t find one other holster maker with balls like that.

But then Tucker is a unique craftsman and not part of the ‘holster herd’ in the first place.

Tucker uses an oval punch to punch out the belt slots.


Next step will be wet molding the holster.


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The Only Satisfaction-For-Life Guarantee You’ll Ever Have

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 8th August 2006

This is the ballsy-est guarantee you’re ever going to have. And I reckon that’s because frankly, you deserve it. 

You’re my customers. And in over five years I’ve found you to be honest and easy to deal with.  The occasional product issue ultimately turned out to be something we could take care of for you and we all went home happy.

I’ve even found that you even hate to complain when you have a legitimate issue.  I couldn’t be dealing with better customers. As a result, I want to give you a LIFETIME GUARANTEE on the Tucker Gunleather products you buy from me.

Please click here to see for yourself just how we back up our products.

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Secrets Revealed! Tucker Makes A Holster – Part 2 – Trimming The Leather

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 7th August 2006

This is one of the two pieces making up the pancake holster. Once the leather is cut with the clicker die, Tucker trims the leather a bit with the head knife tool.


Next he bevels the edges.  Using a sponge and water to wet the leather in the area he will bevel. Why dampen the leather? Because dampening the leather makes it easier to work.  And from experience, Tucker knows just how much water to use.


Tucker then selects which beveling tool he wants to use.


Once he has the proper tool, Tucker bevels the top edge of the leather.


Quality leather is easier with the right tools. Tucker’s got ’em. And these are just the ones I can show ya. The others are proprietary secrets belonging only to Tucker himself.


The holster pieces are now ready to be sewn together . . .

Which is where we’ll pick things up in the next post. Be there to learn just how is it that Tucker can guarantee his holsters for life.


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An Urban Legend You Haven’t Heard

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 6th August 2006

Psst! Tucker has a secret.  Well, maybe not an actual secret, but it’s certainly unknown. You could even call it an urban legend.  In fact it’s the Urban Legend holster.  The Urban Legend is the younger brother of the Tucker Answer holster, one of the hottest-selling IWB’s in existence.

The Urban Legend is a hybrid belt holster and it’s fast!  A customer from Tennessee who uses the Urban legend in IDPA competition says, “It’s faster than greased owl sh*t!”

Here, see for yourself, no fowl feces involved:


So, if you’re thinking “fast”, then you’ll love our Urban Legend (holster, that is).  Better yet, if you like Kydex with the comfort of leather, you’ll grab it with both hands and never let go.

Now some customers prefer leather and some prefer kydex. And the Tucker Urban Legend is for those of you who “feel the need for speed!”   Check out the Urban Legend page at our online store.

Oh btw, did I mention it’s fast?

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Secrets Revealed! Tucker Makes A Holster – Part 1 – Die Cutting The Leather

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 5th August 2006

Have you ever wondered how Tucker makes your holsters? Well, in this exclusive photo essay, Tucker is letting you sneak behind-the-scenes to watch him make a holster for your gun! These are just the photos, upcoming are podcasts that you can watch online or download to your iPod or MP3 player to watch him at work.

So, stay tuned. Lots more goodies coming down the road for you. If you’re not already subscribed to this blog, then please do so over in the right-hand column, that way you don’t miss a single thing!

For now, enjoy this series.

Tucker has a collection of numerous patterns that are used frequently. To save hand cutting, Tucker uses dies that cut out the rough pattern like a cookie cutter. These are called “clicker dies” and are made to work with a high pressure press.

Tucker has a wall full of different dies that are made to his specifications.


When Tucker begins to make your new holster (and they’re ALL made to order), he selects the appropriate die, and then roughcuts around it to select a piece of leather to work with.

Here, Tucker is getting ready to make a pancake for a J-Frame revolver and will cut the top and bottom pieces of leather.


Next, the leather and the die are placed in the press and the cut is made.


Here’s what the die cut produces, ready to be worked:


Next up, watch Tucker trim the leather. Doesn’t quite look like a holster, does it!





Posted in Tucker News You Can Use, Watch Tucker At Work | 2 Comments »

A Good Gunbelt

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 2nd August 2006

“Do I really need a real gunbelt?” is one of the frequent questions on gun forums on the internet. 

The answer is yes, you do need a good gunbelt, not a belt made with only a single strap of leather.

A Tucker Gunleather gunbelt is made with two strips of premium leather, bonded and sewn together, which prevents twisting and sagging. The lamination provides the strength – like laminated wood does for construction.

Wouldn’t you rather feel your gun is a natural part of you when you move instead of something heavy you have to put up with all day?

A good gunbelt spreads the weight of the gun over a large area on your waist instead of just where your holster is riding.

Why should you care? Comfort, number one. You don’t have to wear your belt so tight to hold the gun securely. Secondly, you aren’t constantly pulling at your holster to hike it up or reposition it which calls attention to the fact you are carrying.

When you order from Tucker Gunleather you specify which belt width you want, 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 1-3/4″, etc. Occasionally, we’ll even make belts up to 2-1/4″ wide.

Keep in mind that belts are made 1/16″ narrower than the nominal width of the belt in order to fit readily available buckles. That means that a 1-1/2″ belt is actually 1-7/16″.

I’ve actually had one or two customers call after receiving their belt and fuss about the 1/16″ inch. I just tell them that it’s the same with all the makers I know of. Now you know.

The belt slot should be slightly oversize to allow for belt insertion and repositioning the holster a bit. It does not cause a problem with holster stability with our holsters.

For you big kids out there, we make belts in lengths up to 70 inches long and only charge $10 extra over 50 inches.

For those who like to change out your belt buckle, you can do that easily with a Tucker gunbelt because we use Chicago screws, not rivets or stitching where the belt holds the buckle.

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