News Bits

First Amendment Under Attack

One of the things you frequently hear is that if the liberals take away our Second Amendment freedoms, the First Amendment will be next.  All you have to do is look north to Chicago, home of the world’s most ineffective and draconian gun control, to see this is true.

Newspapers there were investigating the drowning death of an autistic child.  They received documents from the school system, and planned to publish them.  Instead the school’s lawyer sought an injunction against the publication.  In this articlethe ABA details how the judge imposed a prior restraint on the publication.  Under the First Amendment there is never supposed to be a prior restraint.

This is a loud alarm klaxon sounding here.  First they will take away the right ot defend yourself, then they’ll take away your right to complain about it.  We can only hope that the First Amendment survives this kind of challenge.

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

The Supreme Court has recently allowed a muslim to be put to death without his iman present. (It is the policy of this blog not to mention, by name, convicts that seek the media to gain sympathy, hence, no name)  Here in Alabama it seems that the Department of Corrections employs a chaplain who just happens to be Christian.  Some low-life that raped and murdered a 15 year old girl in 1995 (yes, that’s 24 years ago) complained that it was unfair to let Christians die with a minister of their choice while denying him the same right.

But, wait, that’s not really the issue.  The issue is delay.  He waited until January 29, 2019 to bring this claim to the federal courts.  He had about 20 years to make this claim previously. He didn’t.  More importantly, nothing forbids the iman from coming to the prison and praying with the inmate before he gets the Kevorkian Cocktail and slips off peacefully into Hell.  It just forbids him from being in the death chamber right before the pervert’s lights go out.  I’m sure the fifteen minutes between heading in there and dying are what would have made the difference…

Harry’s Holsters

Where do I begin, to tell the story of how great an AIWB holster can be.

Wait, let me back up. First, let me say this.  For years I have subscribed to the idea that AIWB carry was dangerous and presented a serious risk of death or disability resulting from negligent discharge.  I still believe that it presents risks, although in much the same way that carrying any firearm presents a risk.  But if you watch a few videos where knuckleheads shoot themselvespracticing fast draws it’s pretty easy to take 2 and 2 and put them together and come up with 4.  And, if you wear an AIWB holster while sitting or in the car driving, and you’re male, let’s just say that Mr. Johnson should be afraid given that Mr. Smith is pointing at him.  Oh, and at your femoral artery.  Let’s not forget that.  Standing or walking the risk is minimized, but still somewhat present if you’re a big guy and have that muffin top. I have the whole damned muffin, and I have always worried that AIWB just would not work for me.

Then I met Jake.  Jake has a YouTube channel called Evolving Daily.  Along with John Lovell of the Warrior Poet Society he did a videothat demonstrated how AIWB could be safe, fast, and efficient in terms of execution, and he made me laugh a lot while demonstrating this.  Both his videosare worth watching on AIWB.

So, if I am going to do this, I need a holster that does several things.  First, it has to completely cover the trigger guard, and it has to be functionally impossible for anything to wiggle its way into that area and cause the firearm to discharge.  This is because if you have a bad holster, or a holster that is not designed for AIWB, or one that allows things to get caught in it easily, you stand the chance of having a negligent discharge that will have you singing soprano. Watch this video and see what I mean.

One of my favorite things about firearms and the firearms community is that race and religion don’t have a great deal of bearing on your views on guns.  I’m a Caucasian male, and if you listen to the liberal media, I supposedly hate my brown and black brothers because, well, you know.  They look different.  Or something.  I’ve never figured it out.  If you have, let me know in the comments.  At any rate, I digress.  One of my favorite channels, mainly because he is so smooth and just down right cool, is Locs n Load on YouTube.  He is an African-American male and he constantly reviews new and innovative products.  He’s fun to watch, fun to listen to, and he just generally has great content.  So a few months ago he talked about Harry’s Holsters.  He had switched to AIWB and he was wearing a Harry’s Holster.

Harry’s Holster Executive, soft loops, AIWB holster.

Using the link from his page (he gets support from Harry’s) I ordered an Executive Holster with softloops for my M&P, and a few days later, another with hard clips for my Sig P320 X-carry.  I am quite glad I did.  Both holsters have performed very well, although I like the softloops better than the hard plastic clips.  That’s just a personal opinion in terms of how the holster behaves on the belt, which I will explain later.

Harry’s Holster Executive with plastic clips, web belt

So, first, the holster is very well designed.  It’s kydex, not a hybrid.  That’s good because if Mr. Johnson is going to have visitors, he doesn’t want something pliable protecting the trigger.  Mr. Johnson doesn’t mind sharing the space, but he vehemently objects to high velocity lead poisoning.

Both firearms fit inside the holster properly and snugly, although I did have to adjust retention for the Sig X-carry.  I would also note that the Sig P320-RX with the Romeo sight does not fit insider the P320 holster because of the sight.  I am sure they could accommodate that if I chose to carry that, but obviously for carry purposes I have the X-carry.

So, the first time I carried, I carried the M&P Model 2.0 in the holster with the softloops, and I used a stiff leather belt.  Stiff leather belts and stiff plastic hooks are not a good combination on an AIWB holster. But stiff leather belts and softloops work terrific together.

Here’s the issue. When you have a little girth, you need for the weapon and holster to give a little in relation to the belt when you sit down.  The softloops allow that to happen.  The holster rides up when you sit down, and then when you stand the holster slips back down into the inguinal notch. 

The Raven Wedge

It also has a claw, to force the kydex upper portion deeper into the abdomen for better concealment, and the Raven Wedge that pushes the barrel away from the prime real estate down south.  Both of these are important features for someone who is a person of abundance, like me. 

The claw

In addition to my leather belt, I have a nylon web belt I bought from Propper (via Sportsman’s Guide). Since I carry the Sig X-carry now most of the time, I got the hard plastic clips, and they work better on the nylon belt because it’s much thinner than the leather belt.

I have found my draw time (previous best 1.75) is now down to 1.25 with the AIWB holster, and I get on target much faster.  And, assuming I get the holster placed properly on the belt (with the barrel going down into the inguinal notch and the grip sitting above the belt line I am comfortable riding or sitting with the Harry’s Holster.

I can recommend this holster.  It is reasonably priced (meaning its cheaper than any of its competition) and it meets or exceeds all my minimum standards.  I look forward to carrying with it for a long time.

Wilderness Ankle Holster

We have a theater here in Auburn that supposedly has a ban on bringing firearms in. Of course, no one actually pays any attention to it, and the theater does not enforce it, because to do so would be economic suicide in this environment. But, at least theoretically, you could be asked to leave the theater if you were carrying.

One solution I thought of was using an ankle rig to conceal under jeans. I consider the likelihood of another theater shooter slim, and the likelihood of that occurring in Auburn to be somewhere close to the odds that Vanderbilt will win the National Football Championship (ever). But, you plan for the possibility, not the probability, and so I went looking for an ankle rig.

One of the video sources I follow on YouTube is Active Self Protection, and John Correa has some praise from time to time for Wilderness Tactical in Phoenix (www.thewilderness.com). So I found their Wilderness Renegade, plunked down the $80 for the holster, and waited.

Renegade Holster

The holster was thoughtfully designed with some sheepskin to pad the area near the ankle bone so as not to be uncomfortable. Sadly, the padding is inadequate (at least for me) and this is the least comfortable holster I own. I bought it for my Glock 26 and the holster fits the gun, but just barely. It fit around my ankle just fine. I had to wear crew socks, however, to get some additional padding, and this is not a “wear it all day” holster. I took it off the moment we got back from the movies.

My experience leads me to believe that an ankle holster is somewhere behind the belly band holster in usefulness, particularly if you’re like me, over 60, and you don’t like bending down that much. It is not a workable solution for me. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for you. The company is a good company and they shipped promptly. Sadly, their product did not work for me.

Concealment Express

So, last year I bought a Sig P320 RX with the Romeo Express. I was delighted with the pistol but found trying to get a holster for it maddening. The problem was that the optics prevented a standard P320 holster from working. I was able to remedy the problem through Concealment Express. They have a holster that actually fits the P320RX.

Concealment Express holster for Sig P320RX

The holster is marvelous, but the problem with the RX pistol is that it is very difficult to conceal with that hulking Romeo sight on there.

The sight works reasonably well and was zeroed from the factory. However, after several months of carrying it, and several range sessions I found that the sight had drifted left and had to be brought back to the right. Fortunately the adjustments on the sight are very easy.

It’s hard to see, but the red dot is not right on the iron sights.

After a great deal of thought I’ve decided not to carry the Sig. For quite a while I reverted back to the M&P because it was a great pistol and served me needs quite well. But the trigger on the M&P was not as crisp as I like.

So, earlier this month I purchased a Sig P320 X-carry from the Armories in Orlando, FL. This will be the subject of a future post.

The Sticky Holster

Every now and again something comes around that appears to be too good to be true.  Okay, you known darn well you shouldn’t buy it, because you know the darn thing is not going to live up to the hype, but, you cast caution to the wind and pull the trigger (figuratively speaking).  So it went with the Sticky Holster for me.

The Sticky Holster

On the video the demonstrator put the holster in place in a pair of jogging shorts and then jumped up and down and ran and then drew flawlessly from the holster.  The holster, on the video, stayed put.

“Sure it did,” you’re saying.  Well, videos don’t lie.  So I bought it.

So, here’s the theory of operation of the Sticky Holster.  It has some sticky foam on the outside (like those things that hold your iPhone in the car) and it’s supposed to hold it up next to your body and your pants at belt level.  As long as something like stiff elastic or a belt goes around your midsection, the Sticky is supposed to work.

Color me skeptical. But I ordered the holsters.

So, I got the holsters (1 for my Glock 19 and one for my S&W M&P 9) and loaded both weapons and put them in the holsters.  I tried the M&P first.  I used a standard gun belt at 3 o’clock, and bent over, jogged, twisted, turned, kicked my legs, you name it, I could not get that holster to displace.  Every time I drew from it, it worked flawlessly.

The Sticky Holster with a Glock 22

I did the same thing with the Glock 19.  It worked flawlessly for staying in place and drawing.  And it is absolutely the most comfortable concealed carry holster on the market, especially when seated or riding in a car.

“So, what’s the downside?”

You knew there was going to be a downside, didn’t you?

The downside is that it is almost impossible to re-holster without using both hands.  Thus, training with the holster in a class is probably out. You are not going to be able to do it. That’s especially true when you’re concealing in a pair of running shorts or jogging pants where the holster is held in place using the drawstring.  The drawstring collapses the holster at the top making reholstering an Olympic Challenge event.

But ignoring, for the moment, the fact that it is difficult to reholster, I am absolutely amazed at how good the holster really is.  And it gets better.

The Sticky Holster is available on Amazon for $26.95.  You read that right.  Here’s a link: https://www.amazon.com/Sticky-Holster-LG-6S-Semi-Auto-Handguns/dp/B007MQC6O8/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1548357592&sr=8-6&keywords=sticky+holster+lg-6

Try it; you’re sure to like it.

A New Range

Can life get any sweeter?  Auburn Alabama has a new firing range with programmable targets.  You can do charging drills, shoot-no-shoot drills, and a bunch of other stuff.  I hope to upload something to YouTube in the near future, but for now let me just say that the Firing Pin Shooting Sports range is awesome!

Anti Semites and Twitter

The censorship on Twitter has become more about suppressing conservative thought and has little if anything to do about protecting people’s Twitter experience.  Olberman, Rosie, Alyssa Milano, Michael Moore and a host of others hurl invective and profanity around like there was no tomorrow.  These cretins never get their account features limited. Their racism, sexism and anti-semitism is an acceptable form of free expression to Twitter.  Yay First Amendment!  Go get ’em Rosie!

But let someone say something ugly about the Poor Palestinians (yeah, you know, the ones firing rockets into kindergartens in Israel) and suddenly the gloves come off.  We can’t have you spreading the truth about the Poor Palestinians.  They are so oppressed! Break out the crying towel, or the prayer rug, or something.

On June 2nd I posted a tweet where I expressed the view that the IDF should simply give the Hamas rioters what they wanted, martyrdom.  Not only does that thin the herd in the immediate time frame, but it also reduces the gene pool of extremists going forward.  Think of it as anti-social Darwinism if you want.  That’s my view.  If you’re trying to kill Israelis (and that’s what they were doing) then you should absolutely be fair game for someone to kill you.  Israelis have a right of self defense.  Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.  Here’s Your Darwin Award!

Twitter must not agree, because my account privileges were limited for a period of either 12 hours or 1 hour and 57 minutes depending upon whom you believe.  The original message said 12 hours, but when I deleted the message it said it would restore me in one hour and 57 minutes.  I don’t know who to believe, and I really don’t care. I am pretty sure I can find something to do with myself for the remainder of the evening.  But, come on, a tweet on June 2 gets pinged on June 7?

Here’s what happened. Some Palestinian Snowflake who believes every bit of fecal matter spewed by that festering pot of anti-semitism that is Hamas saw my response to Bernie Sanders. He posted a video from the Poor Palestinians about how maligned they were, and how we shouldn’t believe anything Israel says.  They don’t have food.  They don’t have water.  They don’t have medicine.

Oh bullshit!  Cry me a river dude.  Maybe if you weren’t rioting 24/7 and setting fields on fire with kamikaze kites, maybe, just maybe, you’d be able to find a way to live in peace with the Israelis.  Maybe they’d let trucks with medicine in if you weren’t also hauling in rockets, rifles and ammo.  I’m just saying… its a thought, huh?

But, of course, that’s not what they want.  They have only the intention of destroying Israel.  That’s what they want to do.  That’s what they mean to do.  And they think they should have catered meals and spa nails courtesy of the Israelis in the meantime.

So, maybe my tweet was in bad taste.  Check out any tweet from Rosie and see if mine was worse.  Not gonna happen.

No, the bottom line is that Twitter is letting the tail wag the dog.  The Snowflakes rule.  The time has probably come for me to get on Gab and stay on Gab so that I don’t have to deal with rebukes from people whose IQ can be measured in negative numbers, and who hate Jews for the sole reason that they are Jewish.

And, by the way…I’m not Jewish.  I’m just a guy who understands fairness.