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Archive for October, 2006

If you could only have ONE! (One Tucker holster, that is.)

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 30th October 2006

I got this email earlier today and it answers that question beautifully. If I could only have one Tucker holster it would have to be the HF1.  See what Dan has to say below:
 
“What can I say that has not been stated before!  The HF1 is the holster I wear almost everyday and when I can not it is the Answer.  I just love them both!  The HF1 is my favorite and is very easy to conceal with almost any garment or jacket.  The HF1 is the holster I use when I shoot IDPA and the one I wear when driving my truck.  I have never been outed by a police officer or civilian that I have been in contact with unless I informed them. The workmanship is beyond compare, it is beautiful!!”        

Sure, I’m blowing our own horn here, but there’s valuable information in Dan’s comments. He does have a Tucker Answer IWB, but his HF1 fulfills every need he has. The Answer just offers a nice option. If you can only own one Tucker Gunleather holster, you can’t go wrong with the HF1.
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Light on the Gun? Does Tucker Make a Holster for It? Good Idea?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 25th October 2006

I get requests for holsters made to hold a pistol with light attached. At present, Tucker doesn’t make them and may never do so. Yes, he has an opinion about it. So do I. That doesn’t mean we’re right, but it does mean we don’t offer it at the moment.

A recent email prompted me to give a customer a link to an article on the “Harries Method” of using a flashlight in a way that works for many. This appeared on a the Suarez International website.

“The Harries Flashlight Position – Modified                             (Courtesy of Suarez Intn’l)

 The need for incorporating light with the firearm during reduced light confrontations has always been an issue. The methods used were limited by equipment and techniques until the late 1960s, when a man named Mike Harries developed the flashlight technique named after him – the Harries Flashlight Technique. 

This position not only allows similar weapon control to that of the standard Weaver Stance, but it also maintains a rough coaxiality between the pistol and the light before and during firing.  

There have been some new methods devised by instructors, such as the Chapman and Rogers Method, which are equally effective when practiced.  Equally effective – I should say – in coordinating the light with the gun.  The Rogers Method, promulgated by Surefire (the makers of the small super-bright tactical flashlights) is suitable for Isosceles shooters as well as Weaver shooters. 
Although I teach a number of different methods, I personally and prefer the Harries Type hold for a number of reasons.  The flashlight is not only an illumination tool.  It is also a great first response (reactive response) impact weapon.  Consider that if its dark, you’ll already have the light in your hand, but perhaps not the gun.

This is even more true if the confrontation is unexpected.

Remember that every fight is not necessarily a gun fight.  I have personally used surefire 6P, 9P, and the weapon mounted variants as impact weapons without any damage to the light (nothing a quick rinse-off couldn’t fix).
This alternative force use almost demands a “club like hold” as seen with the Harries flashlight position.  Don’t agree grasshopper?  OK, grab up your Z-series light and go for a 3 minute round on the bag.  Chances are your cigar hold will send the light flying at first impact.  So is the Harries perfect?  No.  Its critics decry that its unnatural.  Well of course its unnatural!  So is ANY lighting or shooting position.  We were not designed to incorporate weapons and lights when its dark (we are designed to huddle by the fire and hope that something big and furry doesn’t come out of the prehistoric night and eat us up).  Rather, we make certain compromises based on how our physical bodies work, the technical developments at hand, and the mission requirements we are facing.

One thing that I have seen with the Harries is that it is fatiguing.  It doesn’t need to be so.  The problem comes from a school of thought that teaches students to exert outward pressure with the hands while in the position in order to “control” the recoil of the pistol.  This is totally unnecessary.  For those who are unfamiliar with the concepts of recoil control, I go into them extensively in my books and in an article on “The Fighting Stance”.

Nevertheless, the way the Harries is often taught is to blade the posture extremely, and to exert pressure outward (deltoid power).  Even a big strong weight lifter will tire out after a few seconds.  Ahh grasshopper….there is a better way.

The mission is to hold light and muzzle in some degree of unity.  It is also to utilize a platform as similar to the daylight shooting position without compromising the alternative force aspects of the flashlight.  The mission requirements point to a Harries-like hold due to the need to hold the light in a club position.   The Harries is not bad except for the excessive blading that some schools teach, and the outward tension created in hopes of controlling recoil.  Solutions.

1).  Position your upper body in a way that the mass of the body, at a slightly forward (aggressive) incline, and the grip, not arm tension controls the pistol during the firing cycle.

2).  Rather than trying to keep gun and light in a completely vertical state, allow both arms (and elbows) to move out slightly.  This moves the inherent tension from the deltoid muscles and spreads it out evenly over the upper body musculature.  This Modified Harries is no more tiring than any non-flashlight shooting position.

Like anything else, progress demands an open mind.  Try it with an open mind and you’ll see that it does accomplish the mission much better.  I think you’ll like it.”

 


               

 

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Passing It On – Well, he asked to do it.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 23rd October 2006

Passing on happiness – what a concept!

“I just wanted to pass on my happiness with Tucker Gunleather. I am purchasing my second Cover Up from Tucker Gunleather, for my new HK P2000 for several reasons, but most of all is the excellent handcrafted product Rob delivers.

My first holster was for the Walther P99 Compact and I had difficulty finding other businesses that would even make one for it. Then I was referred there by a friend on packing.org and although my gun was not listed, Rob went the extra mile and made one for my particular model. (Now a standard item)

The holster itself is perfect, fully adjustable for height and cant and makes carrying my gun, dare I say it, comfortable! The kydex clips are a godsend.

If you’re on the fence and thinking about a new holster, hesitate no longer, this is a fantastic product. I cannot say enough about the holster, and knowing that Rob himself is responsible from order to shipping gives peace of mind that you cannot get from other retailers. I will do business with Rob again and again. You really cannot go wrong.

While I chose an IWB holster, there are plenty of open carry rigs that he makes, and I would like to see the “little guy” (small business) get some business for a job well done.”

Jackie Treehorn

 

 

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The Answer’s Hidden Benefit

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 22nd October 2006

The Tucker Answer IWB has a hidden feature with a huge benefit to your comfort. It’s what’s on the back. The Answer isn’t just a piece of leather with some kydex attached – it’s a comfort/concealment system.

There’s no hardware exposed to contact your skin or corrode, but more important the Answer is a layered sandwich with premium Hermann Oak cowhide and a comfy soft, moisture-resistant, specially treated leather backing. This black backing is what makes the Answer so comfortable, while keeping it where you put it and holding your shirt in place as well.

If you tuck your shirt over your gun, the backing on the Answer feels great against your skin, even if you wear it 18 hours a day. If you sweat, it acts as an effective moisture barrier. Note also that the stitching is a special “no rot” synthetic that will last the life of the holster. The hidden hardware is stainless. It’s no accident. It’s part of a well-designed system that adds value every day.

In the picture below, you see the black backing on a used Answer holster. I chose that picture to tell you that even after lots of use, the backing will still protect you and your gun.

The backing is part of the concealment system because you’ll find you won’t have to be fiddling with your gun and holster, calling attention to the fact you’re carrying concealed. This special backing, keeps your pants and belt from sliding downward from the weight of the gun. (Of course a good gunbelt is the first requirement.)

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Tucker knew what he was doing when he designed the Answer and hundreds of customers agree.  There are forty pages of testimonials saying just how much people love the Answer. Tucker’s special backing, the “hidden benefit,” is just one reason of many.  No wonder we have to make more and more and more.  Is it time to make your Answer? If you carry every day, then every day you’ll be glad you have “The Answer.”

 

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Have Gun – Will Travel

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 20th October 2006

A Swedish newspaper called The Local (Sweden’s News in English) reports today that Stockholm is overrun with bunny rabbits.  Put down that adult beverage now and call Priceline for an airfare, hotel and rental car. Let’s help reduce the marauding bunny population and make Stockholm safe for the always grateful Swedish girls. Any volunteers?

Here are the details:

Shooters sent out to curb bunny explosion

Published: 19th October 2006 12:36 CET Written by Paul O’Mahoney
Online: http://www.thelocal.se/article.php?ID=5269

The volume of rabbits in Stockholm has become such a traffic problem that the city authorities have taken to sending out shooting squads at dawn to reduce their numbers.

“There are between 5,000 and 6,000 rabbits in the city,” Mats Freij from the Traffic Office told The Local. “This is too many and they are damaging the parks and roads. “Many of the rabbits are to be found near Klarabergsleden, which is the busiest road in Sweden. The rabbits are a danger to motorists, who put their foot on the brake every time they see one,” said Freij. Rabbits are not native to Sweden and the problem has stemmed from just a few domestic pets being released and rabbits doing what rabbits to best.

“All they do is eat and reproduce,” said Freij.  Local authorities have had to take drastic measures to reduce the rabbit population.

“We have two people whose only job it is to track down the rabbits and shoot them. They take out between 1,000 and 1,500 rabbits per year. Mostly they work at dawn,” said Freij. Stockholm authorities realise that the rate at which rabbits reproduce means that more must be done. “We are now also trying to catch them with nets.

“Today a journalist wrote that we are considering gassing them but that is not true. It is not interesting to us at all. Gassing is a very controversial solution, which leads ones thoughts to other times,” said Freij.

Get packed, grab your passport and your shotgun. I’ll meet you at the airport. 

Wire Paladin, San Francisco.
 

  

   

 

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Muzzle Blasts – Shockwaves and more.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 18th October 2006

High-speed Imaging of Shock Waves, Explosions and Gunshots

New digital video technology, combined with some classic imaging techniques, reveals shock waves as never before.  Whether you are into the science behind these amazing pictures or not, you’ll find the images stunning.

Muzzleblast

Read more in this article from  the American Scientist Online.

 

 

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Cavalry Draw – Would you have given him what he wants?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 16th October 2006

I got a request the other day from a very nice guy who wants a holster I don’t want to sell him. He’s not the first who wanted an S.O.B. holster (small of the back) but he also wanted a left-handed version to use as a right-handed shooter. That set up means you draw with the back of your hand toward your body and it’s called a “Cavalry Draw.”

I really don’t like that setup because it’s inherently dangerous if he ever has to draw under the stress of life and death when there are many instances of unitentional premature discharges.

I wrote back:

“What you describe requires you to draw with the back of your hand toward your body. It’s called a cavalry draw. It’s no problem in practice but in a defensive situation your brain is shouting “shoot, shoot” to your trigger finger and it’s common that people have premature discharges. That’s only important because the cavalry draw often has you point the muzzle at your own midsection accidentally on the way to the target. There are countless examples of people (cops especially) firing rounds near their feet as they do a conventional draw. I’ve seen the aftermath of a shooting in a gun store where the holes in the carpet clearly show several “early rounds” fired. The holes went from just in front of the shooter and walked their way to the target.We won’t knowingly sell a holster to be worn that way.”

Here’s a link to an earlier post on the “Cavalry Draw.”

He responded with:

“Not even if I take full responsibility for myself? I know that we’re entering the last gasp of America’s socialist decline, but will “The customer is always right” still get me anywhere? Is there any way you could suspend disbelief and cater to my comfort?I’ll happily sign a statement that says that I only intend to use the holster with molded rubber gun replicas, for martial arts disarming practice on IWB SOB carriers. “I, being of sound mind and body, wish to risk the potential of a bumbled cavalry draw, in exchange for a virtuoso piece of novelty holster manufacturing.

I am not a law-enforcement officer, nor do I have any intention of ever working in that capacity, seeing as to the sorry state of our current laws…” I could, theoretically, draw the gun (keeping it just above the holster), extend my arm (pointing it down, towards the ground, behind me), twist my arm around my body (still keeping it pointed at the ground), then raise my arm to the firing height, all without hastily pointing the gun at my midsection. I also don’t put my finger in the trigger guard until I’m ready to shoot, no matter how I draw the gun. That’s a part of basic CCW training.I tend to keep cool and do things the right way.

The normal draw in the IWB holster is way more awkward than my IWB in the back. Moreover, the likelihood that I’ll lose clients or my freedom while carrying “the right way” through enemy territory is worth the minor risk that I’ll go bonkers and shoot myself on a “cavalry draw”. Plus, right now, I carry it that way, WITHOUT a holster! Is that any safer than having one of your holsters, which would give you a sale and make me happy?”

I get his point. I don’t want someone telling me how to carry. I know he’s over 21 and I really do like giving customers what they want, but Tucker and I don’t want to encourage something we consider a poor safety practice. I turned him down. Put yourself in my place. Would you have turned him down or given him what he wants?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Double Angled Magazine Pouch – What’s That?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 14th October 2006

Sometimes customers say it best:

Rob,
I got my Tucker double angled mag pouch last week for the Glock 17 mags and wanted to let you know how much I like it.  (Jim’s review on his own blog here.)

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It’s always hard to tell exact proportions on a website picture, but
this pouch is perfect in every way I can think of.

The slant is not as severe as I was afraid it might be and is just
enough to make the draw-stroke smooth and natural.  I find my wrist
breaking on straight up pouches and even feel it after a long day of
drills.  Not so with Tucker’s slight cant design.

The use of rough side out against the belt is also a great idea.  The
pouch does not mover period!  It’s also compact enough to to fit
perfectly between two loops on my jeans.

I like the tension devices also as I tend to like them tighter than
most leather pouches will hold them, not an issue with these devices
on the pouch.

Last but not least, the design hold the mag in tight against the body
for the best concealment possible.

One more thing.  I found them easier to draw from while crouched
behind cover than straight up or angled forward mag pouches I’ve use
in the past, which is the selling point of angled forward pouch
design.  Tucker’s angled back worked better for me in all shooting
position, including squatting/kneeling behind cover.

Thanks again for a great product!

Jim Linch
www.oregonshooter.com

http://www.oregonshooter.com/index.php?id=157 

 

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“The most beautiful carry rig I have EVER seen!”

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 11th October 2006

This “Ranger Rig” is a special masterpiece by a real artist and craftsman. A recent participant on GlockTalk posted that comment and the picture below.  I thought you might like to read the story behind the picture. 

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Tucker made this gunbelt, holster and double magazine pouch about 7 years ago for a famous Texas Ranger, Drew Carter. Drew was the savvy Texas Ranger who arranged the surrender of a criminal featured on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, the “Railroad Killer.” 

Here’s a link to an article from the American Police Hall of Fame about Ranger Drew Carter that tells a short version of the story.

Drew wrote a thank you letter to Tucker after using this beautiful rig in the field. If you’d like to read the letter, click here.

This is a picture of Ranger Drew Carter wearing the “two-belt” Ranger Rig that Tucker painstakingly crafted to this Ranger’s personal specifications.

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You can have a holster or a complete rig with the same beauty and attention to detail that Tucker put into this famous “Ranger Rig.”  Currently, there are about 10 Texas Rangers wearing Tucker Gunleather rigs because of the appearance and quality Tucker provides, but you don’t have to be a Texas Ranger to own a Tucker Gunleather holster.

What can Tucker build for you?

www.tuckergunleather.com

 

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Don’t “tell” that you’re carrying concealed. (part two)

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 10th October 2006

In part one of Steve LaBelle’s post it became clear that our habits while carrying concealed are every bit as important as the clothing and equipment we choose. In part two, Steve lists common “tells” to avoid and gives us a link to a report for law enforcement called, “Recognizing Traits of Armed Individuals.”

Here’s Steve’s list of common “tells:”

-Pulling down a shirt or jacket.
-Odd or inappropriate clothing for conditions. Vests/jackets in hot weather for example.
-Fanny packs when pants have plenty of pockets.
-Fanny packs that obviously have something heavy in them.
-One arm kept close to where a holster probably would be. This arm doesn’t swing freelywith walking motions. Shoulder holsters generally have this “tell” more often than waist holsters because shoulder holsters tend to flop around a bit.
-Hitching up trousers often. There is a reason those pants keep falling down. Could be suspenders are needed or it could be something heavy on the belt or in the pocket keeps dragging them down.
-Exceptionally long pant legs with one leg where the material doesn’t “flow” as well as the other when walking. Indication of a possible ankle holster restricting the pant leg’s motion. -Elbow checking gun.
-Belt at an angle. Possible weight pulling it down.
-Sagging pants or jacket pockets.
-Reluctance to remove a jacket when inside a building.
-One arm furtively holding a shirt from riding up when reaching for something.
-Shoulder going up before exiting a car as the gun is either reholsterd, checked for positioning, or clothing adjusted. -Keeping one side of the body at a slight angle away from the person in front of them. -Sudden “ramping up” of awareness level when a stranger gets too close to the gun side. -Changing positions to keep one side away when approached by a stranger.
-Swinging wider than necessary to get through a door.
-Taking an advantageous position in a room when there are plenty of other places available.
-Constantly scanning the area showing a high level of awareness and alertness but without any signs of fear.
-Keeping attention on a shady character but without any signs of fear or apprehension. 
-A hand goes into a pocket, and stays there, when a shady character is spotted.
-Even how a person walks can be an indicator. Heavy weights on one side cause a slight lean that goes unnoticed by the person carrying.
-Hugging with arms under the other person’s arms forcing their arms away from bumping a gun. 
-A dull “thud” if something is bumped into.
-General demeanor…………… Ever notice the mannerisms and vibes projected by an off duty cop? Concealed carriers have a somewhat similar but lesser degree of confidence and situational awareness that shows.

For those of you who want more detail, here is the report, “Recognizing Traits of Armed Individuals.”

Let me emphasize that these “tells” are not proof positive that someone is carrying a gun. But they are hints that many of us project to anyone interested enough to look for them. And because we project these “tells” without realizing it our “secret” isn’t such a secret after all.

What is sobering is the understanding that the most dangerous determined criminal, the very person we carry to protect ourselves from, has a very good chance of figuring out that we are carrying a gun. That means we lost any tactical advantage of surprise a hidden gun provides and also opens the possibility of a criminal “snatching” a concealed gun. After all, if we can get to our gun under a shirt or jacket so can a criminal who knows it is there. 

Thank you for the opportunity to share this information. 

Steve LaBelle 
aka/Bikenut   

       

   

 

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