Too Close for Comfort

Police officer shoots, kills burglary suspect

I heard about this incident last week, but I didn’t really pay attention to the details until a phone call last night.

I have known these people for years. We’re not close, but they’re the kind of people you can get on with easily. Pretty laid back and lots of fun to hang out with. Good folks.

The homeowners had reported that their car had just been broken into while they were eating at a restaurant. The couple noticed that their garage door opener and car registration were missing and immediately called police.

When they discovered their garage door opener and car registration were missing, they called 911 and headed home. My friend was angry and thought maybe he could catch them in the act.

The police arrived first.

When a police officer arrived, he saw that the garage door of the home was open and called for backup. When he went inside, he saw the two suspects and shots were fired

If my friend had arrived first, I am fairly certain he would be dead now.

Burglar killed by officer was ‘addicted’ to stealing

Why We Don't Clean Loaded Pistols

This thread at Glock Talk is a good reminder. (not for the squeamish)

Always follow the 4 Rules folks. 

  1. All guns are always loaded!
  2. Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy!
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target!
  4. Always be sure of your target!

Remember, at some point there will be a test.

Go On Take the Money and Run …

Police are searching for a New Zealand couple who disappeared after withdrawing a fortune mistakenly credited by their bank to their account.

Part of me knows this is wrong and hopes they get caught and part me is cheering them on.

What would you like to do and what would you really do?

Our Own Worst Enemy

The thread linked at Ry’s Blog about extremely poor range etiquette has pictures of a cleanup of our local public range in the previous post.

I stopped going up there many years ago after I saw some jackass playing “Quick Draw” against the gravel about 3 feet in front of him with a single action .22 revolver get his ear grazed by a ricochet.

Update of the Outperformed

Regarding this quote over at To which I replied…:

<Salamander> Man, yesterday I was driving around and I saw a girl holding a big Domino’s Pizza banner and she had one end tied to a tree and she was holding the other. It was like 6-8 feet. And I just thought, you know what, that has to be pretty degrading, I mean your co-worker is a fucking tree.
<Salamander> And he’s doing a better fucking job than you too.

It looks like they replaced her with another tree.

Ruger LCR

P1010040We received some LCR’s the other day.

The lightweight, small framed revolver holds 5 shots of  .38 SPL+P and comes in a rather large box with a nice soft pistol rug.

It has an aluminum monolithic frame with a black synergistic hard coat and stainless steel cylinder and barrel.


The cylinder is extremely fluted and titanium components are used for the cylinder front latch. The polymer fire control housing contains the entire fire control mechanism and provides a very smooth trigger pull.

P1010038The trigger guard seems a bit large and prevents this revolver from fitting most small frame holsters.

The Hogue Tamer grips felt pretty good in the hand and the grip peg allows for easy grip changes.

There is an internal lock hidden under the grip, which I never bothered to look at.

The sights are replaceable ramp front, and a fixed U-notch rear.


The LCR is similiar in size and weight to the 15 oz. S&W 642.


Caliber: .38 SPL+P
Capacity: 5 Rounds
Finish: Matte Black/Target Grey
Grip: Hogue Tamer w/ Sorborthane Insert
Barrel Length: 1.875″
Groove: 6
Twist: 1:16″ RH
Overall Length: 6.50″
Weight: 13.5 oz.
California Approved: No
Massachusetts Approved: No
Front Sight(s): Replaceable, Pinned Ramp Front
Rear Sight(s): Integral U-Notch


Last Friday night I went out with some coworkers to see Napalm Death, an English extreme metal band. They are noted for being the first band to play grindcore style metal.

By the time the opening band had finished their set I was having a pretty good time and felt the need to jump in the mosh pit. I charged in and immediately got slammed down on my ass. HARD. After being picked up and pointed in the right direction, I found my feet and proceeded to run around unleashing 38+ years of rage and fury. 

I got to meet several of the bands playing that night and left with no head injuries. My legs and ass are still sore and I think I sprained my wrist. Pretty good night in my book.

Sunday I celebrated all the great Mothers in my life. We had an awesome Mother’s Day brunch at DD’s mom’s house. We enjoyed some great food, ate way too much and were all ready for a nap when we got home. Unfortunately, we returned to find our kitchen light hanging by a wire! Literally.

It looked like someone had jumped up and pulled it off the ceiling. My first thought was that maybe there was a leak and the ceiling was wet, but everything seemed fine. Then I noticed that the fixture was only held in place by two little toggle bolts instead of using four or even six. The ceiling just couldn’t bear the weight anymore and gave way.

 After a quick planning session, we headed off to Home Depot. Spent $2.35 on a couple of new toggle bolts (whoever put this up saved maybe a buck and some change by not using two more). If DD or I had been in the kitchen, we’d have been laid out. The Newt was safely below maximum head bonking range. Anyway, a few hours later, all is back to normal.

Bionic Reactive Engagement Directed Augmentation

Here you go Breda! Click to enlargen.


Holster Break-In

One of my favorite commercially available holsters is the Galco Royal Guard. It is a horsehide holster made with the rough side out and has a smooth leather pocket with a reinforced mouth. It has been my daily carry for almost 2 years.


I’ve always wanted to try out Galco’s Summer Comfort holster made of premium saddle leather, but I didn’t like the natural tan color they offered. Gotta match the belt, you know. If only they made ‘em in black…

P1010027Well, a few weeks ago I noticed we were getting some in that were black so I decided to check one out.

I am constantly amazed at how often customers bring back their new holsters complaining that it’s too small, the gun doesn’t fit, or worse yet the handgun is stuck in the holster. When I try to explain that high quality holsters like these are made with a tight fit and will require a break-in period, more than half balk at the idea, instead opting to exchange their $80.00+ holsters for something of the cheap nylon variety. (Not there’s anything wrong with cheap nylon holsters, each has its place.)

I like stiffness in leather so I don’t use any sort of oil on a holster. I don’t twist or knead an empty holster to stretch it out to get it to fit. This will eventually soften the holster and lessen retention and boning, turning your new holster into a large limp noodle.

Here’s how I break-in a new holster:

First, using an unloaded handgun (check it, now check it again), I holster the pistol several times. If it gets stuck, hold the holster in one hand, pistol in the other and gently twist the two in opposite directions while pulling. After repeatedly holstering 20 or so times, I leave the handgun in the holster overnight. Then I put it on and wear it for the day.

P1010024If it’s still too tight, as all mine have been, I block it out a bit, wrapping the unloaded handgun (check, check, check) with a layer or two of wax paper. Work the handgun in and out a few times and let it sit overnight. If it is still too tight, you can keep adding a layer or two each time until you get it close to the desired fit. This may take several days.  Remember, once it’s stretched, it’s stretched, you cannot shrink it back! I finish the process by repeatedly drawing the weapon while the holster is actually being worn. Body heat, movement and use allow everything to conform to your body and handgun.

You have to be patient. Take your time and you’ll be rewarded with a perfect fit.


How do you break in your holsters?


Added several of my favorites to the blogroll.

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