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Archive for the 'Ask The Holster Guy' Category

Just do what they tell you.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 26th October 2008

I get lots of emails and phone calls at Tucker Gunleather from fellow shooters and gun owners. I enjoy it. You’re great people.

Often, before calling us, you’ve been to so many websites and gun forums, talked to so many friends about what you should buy, that you feel like the woman in the video below.

She’s just trying to convert her TV from analog to digital and doing her best to follow the advice she’s getting. Wouldn’t talking to a live person, who wants to help, be more useful?

Watch the Video have a laughcall me if I you have holster questions and want the straight scoop. 800-308-6628.

Posted in Ask The Holster Guy, Fun | 1 Comment »

Do you want to talk to Tucker?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 9th September 2007

Tucker and I are considering having a “Telewebinar” so you could talk to Tucker live.

The way it works is that you would receive an email invitation for a specific day and time to call in by phone or join us on a website for a moderated conversation with Tucker. When you receive the invitation, there will be an easy way to send in questions in advance.

During parts of the telewebinar, those on the phone will be invited to ask questions. Those joining online can type in questions that we’ll see immediately.

You could be both online and on the website at the same time and pick which audio you want to listen to. (There is no live video, only audio, and the telephone call would a long distance call. Being online would be completel free.)

I’d like to know if you think this is something you’d like to see us do. If so, what time of day would work for most people? Tucker prefers early evening so it won’t interfere with his work. The telewebinar would last for an hour.

Once the telewebinar is complete it will be archived with a link posted on the blog so others can listen to it in the future. If it goes well, we’ll do it again.

What do you think?


Posted in Ask The Holster Guy, Good To Know, Personal Interest, Tucker News You Can Use | 8 Comments »

You Bet I’d Have a Tuckable Holster! I Wear One Every Day.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 6th October 2006

“Too dang slow! Gotta pull up your shirt with one hand and then draw with the other. Sometimes, you’ve got to do both with the same hand. I wouldn’t have a tuckable holster.”  (Said by a guy on a gun forum.) 

A worthwhile point of view, but I mightily question the conclusion!

Having a tuckable holster is a great option for many – maybe for you.

Tuckable means you can tuck your shirt over your gun and holster and tuck in your shirt between the holster and your belt.  A holster must be designed a particular way to allow for that. The pictures below show the holster and gun exposed and then with shirt tucked in over the gun and holster. You can even get invisible belt clips if you like.

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This picture showing the holster and belt without the clothing shows that there is space between the body of the holster and the belt clips.  The clips are mounted low and have approximately 3″ of space to tuck in your shirt.


Here’s what you need to know:

The tuckable feature is an optional way to use the holster, not the only way. You can wear a tuckable holster as a standard IWB with your shirt or jacket hanging out over it. The tuckable feature is a no cost added benefit.

Having to pull up your shirt is slower, but it beats leaving your gun in the car or at home because it’s too hot to wear a coat, vest, jacket or extra shirt.

I wear a tuckable IWB every day with slacks and a button-down shirt as I visit customers for another business I have. In 5 years no one has noticed a thing. It’s way too flipping hot in Houston to wear a coat and my customers don’t want to see me with my shirt hanging out. I’ve proven to myself that this works. It will work for you.

Could I draw and fire in under a second from this setup? No.

If I see trouble coming can I react? Yes.  Do I have my gun with me? Yes.

If my gun is in the car or at the house what good is it? No good at all!

Maybe a tuckable holster is not your thing, but my customers are happy to have the option. Many use the tuckable feature and are very glad they have it.

Whether you “tuck” or not, it’s hard to beat a Tucker Gunleather IWB for function, quality and fit. See what this customer has to say about his Tucker Answer IWB. Click here.

      The Answer                              


    The Texas Heritage

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      The Cover Up





Posted in Ask The Holster Guy, Good To Know, The Answer | 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.

Posted in Ask The Holster Guy, Comfort & Style, FAQs | 1 Comment »

Rough Or Smooth Side Out?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 31st July 2006

You’re ordering an IWB holster for your pea shooter and we ask you the question – “roughout or smoothout?”  The question is, do you want the outside of your holster to show the “flesh” side (rough) of the leather or the smooth side?

Traditionally, Inside the Waistband holsters were made roughout so that they “grabbed” your clothing a bit to stay in place better.  Today, that may not be necessary, especially with better belt clips and double-clip IWB holsters.

With a single clip holster like the Tucker Cover Up IWB, I personally use roughout.  To discover more about the Tucker Cover Up IWB, the Cover Up Plus and the Cover Up J-Frame, just go to http://tuckergunleather.com/ and click on the “Inside The Waistband Holsters and IWB Mag Pouches” button. It’s the third button down.

rough1a-1b.jpg Just the image to see their full-blown elegant functionality.

As I was saying, keeping it roughout helps keep it in place even though the belt clip works fine. The downside to roughout is that it gets “grody” looking over time and it’s hard to clean.  Personally, I use sandpaper on it.

It does help keep it in place even though the belt clip works fine. The downside to roughout is that it gets “grody” looking over time and it’s hard to clean.  Sandpaper is what I use on it.

With a double-clip holster, like the Tucker Texas Heritage IWB, many people order smoothout for looks.  It will look good for a long time (even though it’s hidden in your pants) and your clothing will move easily over the holster as you sit, stand and walk.

In the trio of Texas Heritage holsters below, you see the roughout version bracketed with two smoothout versions.

rough2.jpg Just click the image to see their full-blown elegant functionality.

One other question we get is about having smooth leather facing inward toward your gun. Does that protect the finish?  It does to a degree, because smooth leather is less likely to collect dust and grit over time. 

The “nap” of the leather on the rough side will compress pretty rapidly with use so having the rough side in toward your gun doesn’t wear the finish any in most cases.  If you have a concern, ask us about it.  We have a “secret” that addresses having rough side in if it’s an issue for you.

One thing that Tucker does automatically on Texas Heritage holsters is make the backside with the leather “flipped” to have the rough side toward your body and the smooth side toward the gun. 

The reason?  Over time we have learned that in hot, humid weather, smooth leather next to your skin feels sticky and tacky and uncomfortable. It’s that kind of useful, common-sense thinking that has our customers saying:

“Tucker Gunleather gives you a lifetime of elegant functionality.”

Call or click today and get a holster you deserve. Tucker makes his holsters with such craftsmanship, we guarantee them for a lifetime.

If you have further questions, we’re just a phone call or email from answering it. And if you have a comment, just post it here and let everyone else see how smart you are.

Posted in Ask The Holster Guy, Comfort & Style, Tucker News You Can Use | 1 Comment »

The Easiest Way to Shoot Yourself at the Range – Let’s Not, Huh?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 19th July 2006

The other day I got an email from a customer asking me about how often folks accidentially shoot themselves.

People have accidentally shot themselves practicing from a holster using live ammo at the range. It is a stupid and costly mistake usually resulting from bad habits and poor training. 

You can imagine how embarassing it would be to explain to emergency room personnel, friends who visit you in the hospital or, worst case, St. Peter, just how you shot yourself.

I remember in the 1980’s while shooting IPSC matches, the same guy shot himself in the calf twice in six months.  Examples are not that infrequent today, but I’m going to show you how to easily avoid such mishaps.

It happens most often with cocked 1911’s or Browning Hi-Powers. And it usually happens the same way: by re-holstering your pistol without removing your finger from within the trigger guard and not having the safety on. 

It’s a bad habit that was formed early on of having the trigger finger in the trigger guard when not on target. 

In learning the presentation of a firearm from the holster, there’s a way of practicing that builds in the proper, safe sequence of events.  I learned it directly from Col. Jeff Cooper, the father of modern pistolcraft in 1980, and it’s a great way to learn a fast, smooth draw with minimum wasted motion and it forms a strong foundation for the future.

It begins with an unloaded firearm and is specific to the 1911-style pistol in this instance.

Make certain that your gun is unloaded.  Assume a low ready position with the gun cocked and locked (safety engaged).  You face your target. Both hands are on the gun, which points at the ground 4-5 feet ahead of you, and your trigger finger is out of the trigger guard and pointing along the bore axis, laying along the frame. 

Your strong thumb is riding atop the thumb safety, ready to disengage it.  Your stance is balanced and athletic, weight slightly toward the balls of your feet.  There are other distinctions regarding stance that I won’t cover here.

You’re going to raise the pistol to the target, get a sight picture and then press the trigger while maintaining a good sight picture and follow through. You will bring the sights up to your eyes, not bring your head down to view the sights.

After dry firing, a good follow through is to re-acquire your perfect sight picture after the hammer falls.  You’ll do this when live firing as well.  As you raise the pistol you will release the thumb safety by pushing it downward and keep your thumb on top of the safety. 

Your finger will then enter the trigger guard as you approach your target and it will gently take up the slack in the trigger.  At the proper moment, press the trigger.

Here comes the part in which you ingrain your safety habits:  While still on target, remove your trigger finger from the trigger guard and lay it alongside the frame once again.

Then cock the hammer with your weak thumb and flick the safety up into the safe position, keeping upward pressure on the safety with your thumb. 

At this point bring the gun back down to the ready position.  The safety is on and your trigger finger is clear. 

Do this exercise slowly and deliberately.  The objective is to build “muscle memory” because automatic muscle memory is the key firearm competency without having to think it through first. 

Now, go slow up to the target, slow back down.  Build the sequence of safety off, finger on the trigger, press, finger out, safety on and resume the ready.  Slow motion works best.

After a while you can speed it up with the intent of keeping everything flowing in proper sequence.  Especially work on removing your trigger finger from the trigger guard first on the way back to the ready position. 

Obviously, when using live ammo, your practice of this sequence will not involve thumb-cocking the hammer as the slide will cycle and do that for you.  Emphasis here is on thumb safety and trigger finger.

Next, again with an unloaded gun, practice the presentation from a holstered position.  The gun is cocked and locked, hands at your side, eyes on the target. 

Now, divide the presentation into a series of steps:

  1. Strong hand takes a full firing grip on the pistol such that no further shift of grip will be necessary during the draw.  Position your support hand simultaneously at waist height with your wrist about 3 inches in front of your belt buckle and your open hand pointing down range so as not to be in the way of the muzzle as you draw.  Your wrist is bent at 90 degrees and your arm is across the front of your body.  This positions your weak hand in a ready position to join your strong hand shortly.
  2. While using only your arm and hand, with no “body english” or other motion, simple bring the gun straight up to clear leather.
  3. Begin to bring the gun up and forward toward the target, bringing the support hand into play and beginning to form the two-handed grip.  Practice this slowly and deliberately at first.
  4. Continuing up toward the target, flick down the safety and place your trigger finger in the trigger guard as you come on to the target. 
  5. Extend your arms toward the target a little further, maintaining balance and bringing the sight picture to eye-level. Press the trigger and place your imaginary shot on target.  Follow through by re-acquiring your sight picture.  (Later, you will do the same with live ammo and fire a shot on target.)
  6. Take your finger out of the trigger guard, flick the safety up and slowly holster your gun.
  7. Emphasis remains on proper sequence of events regarding the safety and your trigger finger.

Once the sequence is second nature, safely practice with a loaded gun.  (This does not constitute proper instruction in and of itself.  You should retain competent instruction from a trained instructor at your range.)

The point of this is to give you a way to learn to be safe when re-holstering your gun and to avoid ruining your whole day at the range. And oh yes, avoiding public humiliation. Always a Good Thing.

Posted in Ask The Holster Guy | 2 Comments »

How To Sweep Away Stovepipe Jams

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 18th July 2006

A stovepipe, or a stovepipe jam, is a failure to eject the spent case which has lodged in the ejection port between the breech and the barrel. It brings everything to a dead stop but it’s easy to clear and resume shooting.

It comes from the fact that the firearm that suffers a stovepipe jam very much resembles a stovepipe.

Picture a semiauto pistol with the slide halfway forward and where the spent brass should be ejecting, there is one lodged with the open end outwards, probably smoking a bit too after just being fired, you get the picture.

The fastest method to quickly clear a stovepipe jam is to sweep the top of the slide backwards toward you with your hand palm downward, knocking the spent brass out of the ejection port. The slide will close on a fresh round and you’re ready to fire.

Just sweep the stovepipe away!

Having a stovepipe jam may be a sign that your recoil spring might be too heavy for the loads you are using or that your loads are too light for the gun you are using. Adjust accordingly.

Or it could be that you’re “limp-wristing” (not holding it tightly enough) to the weapon and not allowing for full rearward slide travel.

If it happens more than very occasionally, I would have the extractor looked at.

You can also install an extended ejector, if it is possible for the model of your firearm, to ensure positive ejection of spent brass.

Posted in Ask The Holster Guy, Good To Know | No Comments »

Carry a Spare Magazine – Why?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 17th July 2006

Do you carry a spare magazine while legally carrying a concealed pistol?  Should you?

What are the odds you’ll need it?  Do you have people saying things like, “What are you, some kind of Rambo guy?”  “A “Mall Ninja?”

Mentally or out-loud my response goes something like this, “No, Chucklehead. I’m just a guy who likes being prepared. That way you won’t see me on the evening news whining about being a victim.” 

Sure, you can overdo anything, but carrying one spare magazine is just common sense.

You may need extra rounds if the “flit hits the shan.” Many say, “You never know, so be prepared for the worst.”  And that’s a reasonable point of view.

Another reason to carry a spare is in the event of certain gun malfunctions, particularly the nasty “double feed” jam.  Here’s the procedure for clearing one:

  1. Lock the slide back
  2. Release the magazine (you may have to grip and pull from the bottom)
  3. Cycle the slide to clear the empty case (hoping the extractor does it’s job this time)
  4. Load a fresh magazine (slamming it home decisively)
  5. Cycle the slide once more to load a fresh round

Note this action calls for having a spare magazine close at hand on your body for easy access.

Ok, so I’ve given you two good reasons to carry a spare.  What’s the counter argument you’re likely to hear?

Statistics, if you trust them.

“They” say that the average gunfight on the street happens quickly, lasting less than three seconds, at close quarters – less than three feet, and takes 3 rounds or less. It’s over in a flash.

I think that’s probably accurate. Maybe one magazine is enough, especially with modern high-capacity pistols.

I think I’d still like a spare magazine handy.  How ’bout you?

Posted in Ask The Holster Guy, Good To Know | 3 Comments »

Double Feed Jams – How Do You Clear Them?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 16th July 2006

Have you been practicing how to clear pistol malfunctions?

You are? Great! If you’re not, then why not? Because they’re going to happen, you know that. If you’ve been shooting for any length of time you’ve already experienced a couple or so.

The two most common “jams” are the “stovepipe” and the “double feed.” Now, the worst of the lot is the double-feed jam because it puts an immediate stop to your ability to shoot and it takes time to clear it.

Pistols have become more reliable during recent years and because of that, we have fewer malfunctions. That’s a Good Thing.

The downside of that good fortune is we may not be practicing how to quickly clear those jams. Bad Thing.

If you’re a competitor you’re more likely to have this skill than if you’re a twice-a-year paper-puncher who carries for self defense.  Competitive shooters know how critical lost time is during a match. 

But defensive shooters, in a real life-saving situation, can least afford to lose time to a double-feed malfunction.  Thank goodness a real need to defend oneself is rare and that a well-maintained pistol rarely jams, but put the two “rare events” together and you’re in it and in deep.

What cause jams? Usually the extractor fails to pull the empty case and throw it clear as the slide cycles to feed a new round from the magazine.  The fresh round slams into the back of the empty case instead of into an open chamber.  The slide stops well short of battery and simply cycling the slide again will do nothing to solve the situation.

If you’re in danger, this is the time to seek cover if you haven’t already. 

Then lock the slide back, release the magazine (you may have to grip and pull from the bottom), cycle the slide to clear the empty case (hoping the extractor does it’s job this time), load a fresh magazine (slamming it home decisively) and cycle the slide once more to load a fresh round.

The whole evolution takes several seconds even if you’re good at it.  Imagine how long it will take if you forget the steps and take improper actions that produce no result.  You’re toast!

Notice the above sequence includes loading a fresh magazine – now some of you may be asking ‘where’s that coming from?’

Experience, namely and common sense. Because you have to carry a spare or be very good at calling “kings x” on your attacker so you can run to the car/house to get a spare.

I hear carrying a spare is a lot easier than depending on cooperation from someone bent on harming you — but your actual mileage may vary.  😉

But seriously, practice, carry a spare magazine and keep your pistol clean.  If you experience any failures to extract while practicing, get to the source of it and have it fixed before you carry that gun for self defense.

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Proper Grip From The “Git Go”

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 15th July 2006

Pistol shooting has evolved greatly thanks to those like Jeff Cooper, Rob Leatham, Brian Enos, Chip McCormick, Jerry Barnhart, Todd Jarrett and many others who have contributed so much to the sport.

If you are training for self defense then you must learn and practice these 3 key elements:

  1. Grip
  2. Stance
  3. “Index”

The first of these is the grip.  Now, several things have changed about proper gripping since I learned to shoot a 1911 with Jeff Cooper almost 30 years ago. But the one thing that hasn’t is getting a proper full firing grip with your strong hand while the gun is still holstered.

That means you won’t need to re-grip between the time the gun clears your holster and it’s brought on target.

Can you imagine trying to pull your gun from the holster with your thumb and just two fingers, then re-gripping it under stress as you bring it to bear on your target?

Some holsters don’t have the necessary clearance and some IWB’s ride too low. Some who carry IWB mistakenly re-engineer a well designed holster to have it ride lower in their pants for “better concealment.” 

But in doing that, they sacrifice having clearance for a full firing grip. Not good.

When asked, they will tell you that they’ve practiced grabbing with fingers and thumb and then re-gripping while drawing.  And they’lll probably claim to have mastered it. 

But do you think when their heart is pounding and they’re in fear for their life they’ll do as well? 

Fine motor control is lost under stress.  And besides, a two-stage re-gripping draw will slow you down and we all know what happens to the slowest guy in a gun fight, don’t we?

We’ll discuss the elements of a proper grip in another post another day.

Watch this great video clip of 1996 IPSC World Champion Todd Jarrett on how to properly hold a handgun.

Your holster must allow for a full firing grip.  There are some that don’t. In the pictures below you can see there is complete clearance for your hand to grip your handgun fully.



Whether under the stress of shooting competitively or the ultimate stress of defending your life, you must have the ability to grip your gun properly the same way every time with confidence and with no conscious thought. 

It’s the first step to winning or surviving.

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