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Archive for November, 2006

While the cat’s away…..

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 30th November 2006

Tucker’s going hunting for a few days. That allows me to create some mischieviously good deals while he’s gone. Stay tuned. I’ll be back with more on this very soon.

Rob

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Tucker listened.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 26th November 2006

Got a Keltec 9mm? We’ve had numerous phone calls and urgent emails for months asking Tucker to make holsters for Keltec pistols. Tucker listened as always.

Mouse guns, no. 9mm Keltecs, yes. We now have form guns in house to make any of our all-leather holsters (IWB’s or belt holsters) for the Keltec PF-9 or P-11.

PF-9

Keltec PF-9

P-11

Keltec P-11

Just to be clear, Tucker’s not making leather for the P-32 or P-3AT Keltecs.

Holsters for the PF-9 and P-11 are a go!

 

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When is a “C” not a “C”?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 24th November 2006

Tucker offers several styles of Kydex belt clips for the Answer IWB, the Texas Heritage IWB and the Cover Up IWB holsters. One favorite is the “C”-Mount clip (or simply called the ”C-Clip.”)

The C-Clip is like a J-Hook with a ledge at the top to put the weight of the gun on the gunbelt, where it belongs instead of on the waistband of the trousers, which may cause sagging.

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A recent post on CombatCarry.org asked why the clip did not have a curve at top. Clearly, some folks don’t know why the “C-clips” are made the way they are. I’ve heard some even heat the top to curve it down a bit. Having this blog is a great way to communicate and let you know why we do things as we do.

If you have a need to curve the top of the clip I’ll bet it’s because your belt is ”popping out” from underneath the ledge at the top.  My experience has been that it’s usually because some belts flex too much. Get a real gunbelt.

I’d love to know your experience with C-Clips, especially if you have any trouble when using them with a good quality gunbelt. 

We’re committed to keep innovating to meet your needs and we want to know your experiences and suggestions.

Rob

 

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One of a Kind

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 23rd November 2006

The Cookie Monster didn’t care. “Cookie!” he would growl and then cram the cookies in his mouth as fast as he could. He didn’t discriminate – one was as good as another. Cookie cutter sameness is not always desireable, however. 

When it comes to art, the more unique an object, the higher the value. Tucker is surely a leather artist – you’ve told me so and I won’t argue. One of Tucker’s unique talents is his decorative stamping. The best example for many is the “cross cut” stamp.

The cross cut design in not actually stamped, but is cut by Tucker free-hand with a swivel knife. It is an artistic expression, not pressed on or rolled on. As such, each holster is uniquely “cross cut.”

When you order one of Tucker’s cross-cut patterns on a holster you can take pride in the fact that it will be slightly different from everyone else’s. Since cross-cut is the most popular design Tucker does, that’s a good thing. You’ll have one of a kind.

I’ve placed a note on the online store mentioning that you may not receive a holster that looks exactly like the pictures on the website. Those pictures are just a few of the many versions of cross cut design Tucker has created. The theme is always the same – the execution will vary.

The Cookie Monster may be disappointed but you’ll have one of a kind.

 

 

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A fast miss worked this time.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 19th November 2006

This shooting could have gone the other way if the bad guy had fired first. The store clerk reacted quickly, had a plan and lived another day.

Some of you may have seen this already but many have not. I’d rather you have the chance than decide for you and not put this up. Besides, it’s fun watching the guy in the ski mask change direction so quickly and run for the door.

What’s the lesson here? A gun in your hand beats the hell out of one you can’t get to quickly. I friend of mine has 6 guns in his house concealed but accessible (no little kids to worry about) and I asked him about his strategy. He said, “I’m very well-trained in the use of a firearm for defense, I don’t want to wear a gun all the time in my house and I refuse to be a victim.  Multiple locations work for me.”

A home invasion is rare but it could happen as quickly as the attempted robbery/shooting in the convenience store video. Quick access to a loaded firearm will give you a chance to survive. What’s your strategy?

 

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Lost his left one.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 17th November 2006

If one must be a criminal, first recall all those who’ve ventured forth before into a life of crime and have earned themselves a ”Darwin Award.” 

One might declare, “Not me, never! I’m going to avoid the snares of stupidity lying in wait for me.” 

I don’t know what was in this guy’s mind before his gun discharged in his pants, but I know his focus now is on his busted left nut.

I’d have some sympathy for the guy but he shot himself a second time reacting to the pain and surprise of the first negligent discharge. Ow!

The details are sparse but what else do we really need to know? This guy has certainly earned the “Dumb and Dumber Memorial Award” on this week’s “Dancing with the Dumbest.” (I’ll bet this guy actually did some very energetic new dance steps when the pain fully hit him.”)

The story

Next, after a full recovery, this guy may decide a holster is safer than using his current Mexican carry method, but he may make a another grave and stupid error with lifetime consequences.

“What mistake is that?” you ask eagerly.

He might be so foolish as to buy a holster that doesn’t have a Rock Solid Lifetime Guarantee like the one Tucker offers. 

You wouldn’t do that – would you?

 

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Health Care Clusterfumble

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 15th November 2006

In this age of left-wing spinmeisters and doublespeaking bullsh*t artists I am pleasantly surprised when a liberal tells the truth – in this case by Brad DeLong about Hillary Clinton. This is worth knowing the next time you run into a gushing, google-eyed Hillary groupie and wish to burst their bubble of uninformed grandiosity.

DeLong worked as part of the Treasury Department in the Clinton administration. He’s seen Hillary Clinton in action as an administrator and has posted a warning on his blog about letting Hillary anywhere near the White House.

Recently, bathing in the afterglow of a democrat takeover of Congress, Hillary Clinton warned “Health care is coming back,” adding, “It may be a bad dream for some.”

It may be a bad dream for Mrs. Clinton, at least if she does decide to make a bid for the West Wing. In a 2003 blog entry, liberal economist Brad DeLong explained why:

“My two cents’ worth–and I think it is the two cents’ worth of everybody who worked for the Clinton Administration health care reform effort of 1993-1994–is that Hillary Rodham Clinton needs to be kept very far away from the White House for the rest of her life. 

Heading up health-care reform was the only major administrative job she has ever tried to do. And she was a complete flop at it. She had neither the grasp of policy substance, the managerial skills, nor the political smarts to do the job she was then given. And she wasn’t smart enough to realize that she was in over her head and had to get out of the Health Care Czar role quickly.

So when senior members of the economic team said that key senators like Daniel Patrick Moynihan would have this-and-that objection, she told them they were disloyal.

When junior members of the economic team told her that the Congressional Budget Office would say such-and-such, she told them (wrongly) that her conversations with CBO head Robert Reischauer had already fixed that.

When long-time senior hill staffers told her that she was making a dreadful mistake by fighting with rather than reaching out to [Sen.] John Breaux and [Rep.] Jim Cooper, she told them that they did not understand the wave of popular political support the bill would generate.

And when substantive objections were raised to the plan by analysts calculating the moral hazard and adverse selection pressures it would put on the nation’s health-care system . . .[she ignored them.]

Hillary Rodham Clinton has already flopped as a senior administrative official in the executive branch–the equivalent of an Undersecretary. Perhaps she will make a good senator. But there is no reason to think that she would be anything but an abysmal president.”

Note: Bold text added by your faithful TGL blogger – me.

P.S.

I request you link to this and send it to everyone you know who is committed to keeping the left-wing of the democrat party from screwing up our health care system. There is room for improvement in the system but not Hillary’s version or anything resembling it.

 

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The Five Best

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 11th November 2006

Let’s be an informed electorate in this battle with Radical Islam. Let’s have the facts – not make up stuff to support our point of view. I know that I need to learn more to argue effectively for policies that will keep the U.S. safe.

You may enjoy this list of the Five Best Books on Islam from the Wall Street Journal Online.

I have my own Five Best list for why you should be the pround owner of a Tucker Gunleather holster:

  1. You’ll love the wait – anticipation is delicious (no argument from the sidelines please).
  2. When you open the box it will have been worth the wait.
  3. You’ll love the way your leather looks and want to show it off.
  4. It’ll fit your gun just right with very little break-in.
  5. It’ll last so long you can pass it on to your kids (but tell ’em “hands off for now.”)

 

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Appendix Carry – Is this for you?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 10th November 2006

ALTERNATIVE CARRY METHODS

By Gabe Suarez www.suarezinternational.com

“Objective: To be able to carry a full size fighting pistol day to day, concealed, yet quickly available.
Solution: Consider the Strong Side Belly Carry, aka Appendix Carry

Appendix Carry carry is a carry position that has been around for many years and was very popular in the Old West as is evidenced by pictures of the era. In today’s Wild West (and East and North and South) this type of carry affords ease of deployment when seated as well as when in crowds. It all but prevents the “bump frisk” when someone, well-meaning or not, bumps against your gun and asks “What’s that?”

Other advantages –

    * Considerably easier to draw with weak hand.
    * Easier to draw while seated, particularly in a vehicle.
    * Comfortable and not encumbered by the seatbelt.
    * Not as likely to snag on clothing during the draw.
    * Allows Covert Draw – can have hand already on the gun concealed by shirt

So why isn’t it adopted across the board??

Some shooting schools that have had a very profound influence on the tactical community eschew anything but a traditional strong side hip carry. Competitions based on the teachings of these schools follow their “logic” by disallowing anything except traditional carry modes, even if thos ecarry modes have a legitimate and directly applicable place in the real world which they are supposedly training for.  An example, many guys carry in a pocket…or in a fanny pack, yet how many “shooting schools”, or competitions would ever allow such a thing in their classes??

Some trainers consider crossdraw and appendix carry dangerous on the range because it may create a muzzle covering, albeit briefly, the person to your side or your own leg as you draw.  My opinion on this is that this is a training issue, and that even with a traditional strong side carry students routinely cover their own legs on the draw and holstering.  Look at your own draw and examine closely the line traced by the muzzle.  Everyone covers their legs and hips when they draw unless they are using a ceremonial shooting school holster.

Point of note: One such school who advocates extremely traditional methods, and exclusive strong side hip carry has had a number of student self-inflicted shots during the holstering/drawing phase. If traditional strong side hip carry did not cover any body part the errant shot would have harmelessly gone to the ground, no? (It doesn’t help if the class has 50 students on the line at one time and over emphasizes timed drills, but that’s another issue).

Some believe this type of carry is more difficult to conceal. I think this is largely dependant on how you dress. I think if you wear a business suit on a daily basis, as men did a generation ago, this may not be for you.  But if a tails out shirt, or a large t-shirt is you mode of daily dress, then this type of carry is MORE concealable than traditional strong side carry. I like to carry large guns, and they always print (the outline of the gun grip seen ) when worn strong-side with certain body movements. Here in Arizona I see people printing strong-side on an everyday basis.

Some say its slower to draw.  Nope. Not hardly. Get a timer.  Try it!  Weapon retention is far easier with this type of carry than with traditional strong side hip carry.

As far as competition goes, I’m not bothered by their rules since my focus is on combat. I would submit that a competition that disallows crossdraw, pocket carry, fanny packs, and yes even shoulder rigs, is not as “reality oriented” as they advertise. Same goes for schools.

Give it a try with your next dry fire session and see how it works for you.”

Tucker’s Cover Up IWB is a perfect choice for this method and I’m getting more and more orders with appendix carry in mind. What people like is the trim profile with no excess leather, the height adjustments available and the ability to choose your cant angle with the Cover Up.

If IWB is not for you, then Tucker’s Pancake holster or Compact Pancake is ideal and can be set with a vertical cant upon request.

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I Told You So! – I Meant It When I Said It!

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 9th November 2006

When I first considered a Lifetime Guarantee I knew I wanted to to be bold.  Over the years I’ve only had a handful of returns each year, mostly just because the holster just wasn’t right for a particular customer. Occasionally, it’s someone who had something else in mind and what I sent him just didn’t fit his picture. I didn’t know if the guarantee would be abused. I just knew I had to make buying a Tucker holster or other product a no-risk proposition for customers.

I want to report that it’s working very well.

I’ve learned to get the other person’s point of view and put myself in their place.  When 99.9% of customers are happy it’s hard sometimes to hear that someone is unhappy.

Recently, I sent a Black Cherry, Crosscut HF1 out and got an email from the customer saying that the holster didn’t match the picture on the website. The Crosscut pattern was different as shown in the pictures he sent.

Tucker never does the Crosscut from a template and each holster is individual and unique. It would have been easy for me to explain that to the customer and wash my hands of it. Problem was, I could get his point of view – it didn’t look like he expected.

Tucker made him a new holster and the customer sent the first one back. Here’s the email I received yesterday from the customer:

“Rob,
Received = EXCELLENT.
There is no adequate description for your idea of warranty replacement. I have never experienced this in my life. True and absolute customer satisfaction.
Thank you.
C”

That made my day. Turns out that making customers happy is our real business, not just beautiful leather. 

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