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His lady made it happen – Part Two.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 28th December 2006

In the first post we learned that Don got his Christmas present only because his lady insisted Tucker get it done in time to put it under the tree.

Here’s the continuation of Don’s thoughtful review of his HF1 rig:

“I am an anally retentive, detail-inspecting, quality-discerning nut-case.  I’ve gone over every single millimeter of this rig and here’s what I’ve found:


The leather is absolutely first quality.  I won’t go into laborious detail about Tucker’s leather tanning processes, but I’ve never seen anything better and I’m a fanatic about good leather.  I’ve never seen leather construction so thick, yet so incredibly supple… but that only goes for the belt.  The HF-1 holster is a work of engineering art, in terms of its rigidity and form.  Stiff and absolutely defiant to deformation; no cheesy metal, or plastic inserts here.  There are simply no better quality materials, or methods used in the holster industry.


The tooling and stamping on the set is flawless.  Every single cut is continuous and contiguous.  There is not a single mismatch, overrun, or alignment issue anywhere on any of the three pieces.  The equidistance of the flare stamping is a revelation of Tucker’s attention to detail. 

The dying of each piece is uniform.  It does not appear to be vat dyed (which I prefer), but vat dying tends to soften leather too much (as it involves agitating) and, at least in a holster rig, could compromise fit and function.  The (if it is) surface dying, really is flawless and again, very consistent.

The, now trademark-white stitching is also amazingly well blended.  To look at this rig, you’d swear he never reset the needle.  I can find not a single stitch stop, restart, or tie off.  It takes years to hone real skill on a Bostich machine (assumption)…  Tucker has put in some time here!


OK, suffice to say, the build quality of this rig… has no equal.

Now for the fun stuff!

To be continued…..see the next blog post.

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His lady made it happen – Part One.

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 26th December 2006

Amazing ladies make their guys happy when they won’t take no for an answer. Don’s lady ordered a complete Tucker HF1 rig with holster, belt and mag pouch for Christmas.

In the last days before Christmas, when I told her that the order wouldn’t get to her in time due to Tucker’s backlog, she wouldn’t hear of it.

She made a powerful request that Tucker couldn’t ignore. So, thanks to Tucker and UPS Overnight Saturday delivery it all worked out for Don and his lady.

Don got his gift under the Christmas tree and immediately wrote a detailed review of his new rig and posted it on one of the gun forums. Don invited me to post the review here. It’s well-written with great detail so I will spread it out over several posts. (Many of you have told me that reviews like this are helpful and interesting.) Don begins his review as follows:

“Preface:  I’ve tried and been intimately introduced to a LOT of high-end rigs over the years.  I’ve used and perused rigs from Sparks, Mernickle, Kramer, Arratoonian, Alessi, Galco, Nossar, Rosen… the list is endless and the holsters would easily fill a short-bed pickup.

I’m rarely at a loss for words, but my first impressions of my new, complete, Tucker Gunleather HF-1 Rig, can be summed up in a word, WOW!  Read on, only if you’re a nit-picking- buggar, like me! Here is the SHORT version of the specs:HF1 holster.  Crosscut stamping

1-¾” belt, “thinner” option (more about this later), tapered to 1-¼”at the buckle

Double, angled mag pouch.

All in matching, black cherry.

If you’ve been keeping up with my recent ramblings, you know I’ve been drooling over this rig for some time.  It finally arrived, via eight tiny reindeer. 

I am an anally retentive, inspecting, quality discerning nut-case.  I’ve gone over every single millimeter of this rig and here’s what I’ve found:”

(to be continued)



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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 




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

Posted by Rob Longenecker on 9th October 2006

GlockTalk is a gun forum that is a great resource for gun owners. I recently read a post by Steve LaBelle and asked him to contribute to the blog. Here is part one:

If you are serious about carrying a concealed sidearm you must consider the equipment and clothing necessary. For inside the waistband carry a quality holster is top on the list with a stout belt to handle the extra weight.

Choose clothing that hides the gun, avoiding possible “printing” where the gun caused a bulge or the outline of the gun is visible. Be careful when moving, stretching or reaching not to allow your shirt or jacket to pull up and expose your gun. Be very conscious not to bend over at the waist and allow the butt of the gun to print through the back of your shirt, jacket or vest. You know that already, right?

Nearly everyone makes excellent choices to enable them to conceal the gun very well. That’s good. Some people, however, have a bad set of habits that “tell” the world they are carrying concealed. What are you doing that gives you away?

All too often the ability to carefully conceal leads to the misconception that the hidden gun is a secret no one could possibly know it is there. This misconception can lead to a false sense of security. Unfortunately, there are other, more subtle things, that give the secret away. These are called “tells.” This is a term borrowed from professional poker players who read little signs in an opponent’s face and body language as clues whether they have a winning hand or are bluffing. Just like poker players, people who carry a concealed firearm also exhibit “tells.”

Many are behaviors done without realizing they are happening. However, it must be noted that a “tell” is not proof positive but only an indicator that a gun is probably present. Although several “tells” occurring at the same time or within a short period of time are a very strong indication a gun is being carried. The FBI has a formal training course for law enforcement concerning this very thing. I’ll post a link to a short overview of the FBI course in part two of this post.

Common sense dictates that if law enforcement entities are aware of these “tells” and use them in identifying people who are likely to be carrying a gun, then criminals are also aware of them, and use them when choosing, or avoiding, likely victims.

Be sure to read part II which will list the common “tells” that shout “gun” to careful observers. You certainly can’t afford to broadcast “he’s got a gun!” to the general public. In addition, you don’t want to have to deal with a police officer even though you are carrying legally. At a minimum, it wastes your time and his.                                                            






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