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      "Tucker Gunleather has been VERY helpful with my purchase and to make sure I order the right size and type of my belt. It is being made for me, and I am sure it will arrive in a timely manner. The personal sevice is the most impressive!"

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The lady made it happen – Part Four

Posted by Rob Longenecker on December 30th, 2006

We last left Don waxing eloquent about Tucker’s Double Angled Mag Pouch. He continues with his detailed review of Tucker’s HF1 Holster. He should be a published reviewer because of the details he notices.†

“THE HOLSTER:

This holster is a PHENOM! I could easily do two pages on the virtues of this thing. In short, it brings the idea of “CONSTUCTED” into a whole, new light. The, out-of-box fit is tight, yet NOT immature. It draws like leather youíve owned for years. The way Tucker makes these holsters is as though they KNOW the gun. It draws and reholsters, with the same friction. It is NOT overly tight. It just feels like an old friend is handing you your gun; only a slight resistance, making sure you really want it.

The two most important issues in a new leather holster are gun fit and draw. Most, if not all (Horseshoe, being the only exception of which Iím aware), premier manufacturers, remove the form from the leather prematurely, so it will “suck up”, in order to insure solid retention. You, nearly always, end up with a holster that it takes two guys and a come-along to draw the gun from. Itís this attitude that necessitated the invention of the wax paper trick. This is a ridiculous notion to Tucker, evidenced by the fact that this holster, while tight, draws like something months old. I held the thing upside down, with a loaded Les Baer in it, shook it, and the gun didnít move a millimeter. Yet, I can draw the gun relatively easily.

The cocobolo tools Tucker†uses to do his boning do a great job of fitting the leather to the form of the 1911. The detail is there, but not over-done. I would swear that he boned the cowhide lining, before boning the outer layer. Thatís how good the fit/retention is! The end product looks like a HOLSTER! Not a traced outline of a gun.

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How Tucker gets this level of retention AND present-ability is the one thing that makes me want to go to Houston and see how he really does it! Another Tucker trademark is the way the HF-1 snugs into your body. How he knew the exact width of my right thumb is uncanny, but he must have because that is the precise distance between my side and the upper grip on my 1911ís. Tres strange! The butt of the grip rests gently against my side, making for tremendous concealability. How anything this BEEFY can be concealed at all is miraculous, but the reality is that it completely disappears under a thin jacket.

I specified a 15 degree FBI cant and thatís spot-on. Tuckerís standard cant is 13-14 degrees, which for most, is ample. When putting the holster on, I adjusted it to my familiar 4 oíclock spot and presto, comfort and no wrist break.

As mentioned above, the HF-1 is a rock. While the hand of the leather is luxurious, the rigidity resultant of the design is total. The cowhide lining (optional) makes for a cozy and smooth resting place for my prized pistols.

I also opted for the body shield (Tucker calls it a Sweat Shield) as my Baers have extended thumb safeties (read, diving board), which can get rather aggressive over a day of carry. The shield is a minimalist arrangement; just enough to protect my tender love handles.

In a world of look-a-like knock-offs, the Tucker HF-1 is pleasantly visually unique; a real eye catcher.”

One more post in the series – “THE BELT” – will follow soon.

2 Responses to “The lady made it happen – Part Four”

  1. Joe Allen Says:

    Don, congratulations on the new rig – you’ve got quite a special lady there to put that together for you!

    Thank you as well for the extremely comprehensive review – Tucker’s quality is hard to experience with little bitty pictures on a screen.

    I do have to take you to task over this statement:

    I held the thing upside down, with a loaded Les Baer in it, shook it, and the gun didnít move a millimeter.

    I’m a firm advocate of testing all carry rigs this way, but for the love of God and that fine woman you have there: clear that weapon first!

    Enjoy your new rig, carry safely, and have a Happy New Year!
    Joe Allen

  2. Don DeBusk Says:

    Haha, Joe.

    First off, the Baer wasnt in Condition 1. On the other hand, even if it had been, I wouldnt have worried. I had one go flying off a tool cabinet one day after jerking a rag out from under it. It landed on my concrete garage floor. The pistol didnt discharge and showed narry a mark. The concrete floor took the worst of it, leaving a nickle sized chip! Crazy, but Baers are BUILT!

    Thanks for the well wishes; back at ya! I am loving this rig more everyday.

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