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Archive for August, 2007

Americans say new gun laws unnecessary.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 31st August 2007

Two-thirds of people in the United States think current legislation is enough to control gun crime, according to a poll by Zogby International. 66 per cent of respondents think there are sufficient laws on the matter and that better enforcement is required.

Conversely, 31 per cent of respondents believe new and tougher gun control legislation is needed to help in the fight against gun crime.

The U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right “to keep and bear arms.” Some American states have enacted their own gun control regulations, independent of existing federal legislation.

In April, Cho Seung-hui killed 32 people—fellow students and teachers—at the Virginia Tech University campus in two separate incidents, before turning his gun on himself. The shooting is the deadliest of its kind in American history and revived a debate on whether the country should introduce new legislation on gun control.

On Aug. 21, John M. Snyder, the former editor of the National Rifle Association (NRA) magazine, called for Congress to “deny federal funding to colleges and universities that prohibit students and professors from carrying firearms on campus if they have state-issued permits to carry concealed firearms.” Snyder explained his views on the Virginia Tech shootings, declaring, “None of the victims could defend anyone from the murderer since Virginia Tech prohibits law-abiding professors and students from carrying guns on campus even if they have state issued permits to carry concealed firearms.”
     – Angus Reid Global Monitor, Canada


Posted in Good To Know, News You Can Use | 2 Comments »

Titanic error!

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 29th August 2007

Ever been aboard ship? Ever seen a movie about shipboard life? What do you notice about people assigned to lookout duty?

They use binoculars to scan the distant horizon, don’t they?

Headline: “The simple locker key that could have saved the Titanic from disaster.”


Read the rest of the story.

Tucker has a key and it’s not locked up anywhere. It’s the key to IWB comfort. It’s called “The Answer.” There are some shameless knockoffs of the Answer, but in a recent extended-wear test, the Answer was judged the most comfortable for all day carry.

Why wait a little while to get the Answer instead of something else? Because, you know half the battle with IWB carry is being comfortable. The Answer is so comfortable some people go home, lie down on the couch and take a nap, forgetting they’re wearing it.

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They got me! I was phone-scammed.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 28th August 2007

I got scammed today. At least it wasn’t for money – just my time on the phone. The funny part is – I’m not upset so much as amazed at how well the scam worked.

I heard my home phone ring, saw that it was a “market research” company and monitored the message. I then heard the speaker use my name and the year and make of my automobile. He said they were inviting owners of this make of automobiles to a two-hour event downtown where we would be paid $250 to let them ask questions about our vehicles and then ask what we wanted to see in future vehicles. The date and time were specific.

I got hooked by the offer of $250 and picked up the phone……..

Find out what happened in my next post. Anybody already know?



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Tucker’s Handwork

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 26th August 2007

I’m not sure everyone knows how much work goes into a Tucker holster – particularly hand-stamped HF1’s, HF2’s and HF3’s. I do get calls wondering why we can’t ship right away.

First, there’s just the huge number of orders in house. Your holster order isn’t begun until it reaches the top of the list. Some ask, “How’s my holster coming along?” Well, 98% of the time, it hasn’t been started yet. It’s just on the waiting list. It only takes a few days to actually complete your holster and much of that is drying time.

If you order stamping, that does take time. It’s all hand work. Some nights Tucker has to soak his hands and arms in alternating warm and cold water to relax the tightness left from holding the stamping tools.

Here’s a picture of an HF1 for a Commander that’s been cut out and trimmed. The Swirl Cut stamping has just been started. Note the slender tool at 2:00 o’clock between the knife and the leather.

Tucker has to hold the stamping tool vertically in his left hand and tap it with a hammer for each 3/8″ of stamping, and then move it and stamp it again – over and over and over. He has to keep all the individual indented stamps in perfect alignment as he goes.

Eventually he covers the whole surface to be stamped. It takes total concentration, maintaining an even tapping force each tap and planning each move.

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Here’s the finished result below – A RH HF1 for a Commander in Black Cherry with a full Swirl Cut stamp. (Note: Color appears slightly off due to color of the fluorescent light.)

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Can you really believe Tucker does all that stamping for only $40? Do you get a sense of the time it takes? The care? The skill?  I’m impressed every time I watch Tucker work.

I hope you have a deeper understanding of why Tucker’s work is in such demand and why he can’t just crank out holsters like a machine. Tucker is a one-man shop and he’s a true craftsman.

Posted in Comfort & Style, Good To Know, Tucker News You Can Use | 1 Comment »

Can you outrun a T-Rex?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 22nd August 2007

Can you outrun a T-Rex? Were they slow-moving scavengers or agile hunters?

Remember the scene in Jurassic Park with the T-Rex chasing the jeep? I know I wouldn’t want to be in that jeep that day. I don’t think my .45 would do much good.

Was the T-Rex’s speed fiction? Find out here.


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71-year old former Marine shoots two Subway robbery suspects.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 21st August 2007

This true story is making the rounds of news outlets, forums and blogs.

Here’s how one news outlet posts the story.

Here’s the story as it was forwarded to me:

“Police investigate the scene:
The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation sub shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as a former pilot for two presidents. John Lovell.
He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he works out everyday.
Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night. According to Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner, Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money. But then Lovell pulled his handgun, opened fire, shooting one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.
When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop. K-9 units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop. Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department. Both men were taken to Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.
White, a longtime friend of Lovell, was not surprised to hear what happened. ”He’d give you the shirt off his back and he’d be mad if someone tried to take the shirt off your back,” he said. White said Lovell worked as a pilot for the Marines, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta. Lovell is not married and does not have children. He is not expected to be charged, authorities said. ”He was in fear for his life,” Rettig said. These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70’s have military backgrounds and aren’t intimidated by idiots. Something tells me this old Marine wasn’t “in fear” even though his life was definitely at risk.
The only thing he could be charged with is partaking in an unfair fight. One 71 yr young marine against two punks. Two heads and one center body mass shot- good shooting!* Even better would have been to double tap them both. Let’s hope the scumbag in critical condition kicks. That’ll teach them to get between a marine and his meal. If not for U.S. Marines, I would have completely lost hope in America a long time ago.
Don’t you just love a story with a happy ending?”

Happy endings require prior planning. For a case like this it requires a commitment to survival, firearms skills, a CCW and good equipment, holster and gun. When I hear the story, I visualize a retired Marine carrying a 1911, but I really can’t know. 

If you’re looking for the best in concealed carry, give us a look at Tucker Gunleather.


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Boo’s become news.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 17th August 2007

Carl Rove’s recent announcement that he was leaving his job at the White House drew cheers in the newsroom of the Seattle Times newspaper. The cheers became news when a memo written by executive editor Dave Boardman, admonishing the staff to refrain from such open partisanship, surfaced in a national story.

Now there are boo’s in the news. Joe Scarborough, on MSNBC, referenced the Seattle story and recalled his first day in the MSNBC newsroom when frequent loud boo’s broke out during the 2003 Presidential State of the Union speech. Bush was boo’d in the newsroom. Here’s how Joe tells it.

Unless, you’re reading an editorial opinion, you might expect to get even-handed coverage of news events. It’s not news that there’s bias in the press. Do you think it colors news reporting? Could it have an effect on the news we get, our opinions of politicans, the outcome of elections?

To quote the latest Hyundai commercials – “DUH!”

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Saving Al Gore.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 11th August 2007

Someone wants to “save Al Gore.”

One of my favorite bloggers, Walter Terry, wants to save Al Gore. It may not be a bad idea, but I don’t have much confidence that it can be done.

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If you’re a savvy student of human nature you may have noticed that Al Gore is the poster child for “Pretentious and Sanctimonious Posturing Syndrome.” (Donations accepted at www.pretentiousandsanctimoniousposturingsyndrome.com)

Every since Al decided he wasn’t good enough, he’s been trying to prove to daddy Gore (now deceased, but alive and well in the back of Al’s mind) that he’s really OK and worthy of praise.

The only issue that seemed to give young Al some traction and differentiation was the “Environment Issue” which morphed into the “Global Warming” issue. He’s grasped the issue with the desperation of a drowing man seeking a floatation device.


Someone should warn Al not to swallow this inflated puffery whole. A challenge certainly in order. See Walter’s suggestion here.

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What’s the big deal?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 8th August 2007

I recently posted about the potential for a Muslim Europe and linked to an article whose author felt it might be too late to prevent it.

A reader’s comment reads, “And what is the big deal? Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The man in the op-ed article sounds like nothing but a xenophobic racist. Its good that you are helping to expose his hatred and racist beliefs.”

As a non-Muslim, a “kafir” (“anyone who rejects the truth of Islam”), I look at the trends with great concern. The news is not good for us non-believers. There is clearly an “us vs. them” mentality crystalizing around the establishment of the dominance of Islam, the “Return of the Caliphate” and Sharia law.

I admit I am only reacting to what I see, hear and read in the media. I’m not a scholar. I realize I have a view of world events that could be completely mis-informed.

Here’s my question. Where’s the good news about Islam for the non-Muslim? Where’s the contribution to the common good? What’s the “big deal” for Europe and America?

What’s in it for me that “Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world?” What’s in it for my country, my heritage, my family, my grandchildren? For you?

Posted in Controversial, Good To Know, News You Can Use, Opinion | 3 Comments »

Christmas presents.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 7th August 2007

Every fall we get numerous orders for Christmas gifts. Last year we could not get them all done in time.


NOW is the time to submit your Christmas gift orders if you want them under the tree on Christmas day. Tucker and I don’t want to disappoint anyone so we’re starting early.  If it seems premature, keep in mind how many orders we have and are getting.



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