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Show Me The (tiny) Light!

Helotex K1 Key Chain Flashlight

K1 Finished-500x500

Output: 90 Lumen
Power: 1 x AAA
LED:  CREE XP-E
LED Life:  50,000 hours
Battery Life:  1hr
Modes:  1 (High)
Length: 2.5″
Diameter: 0.57″ Head, 0.49″ Body
Weight (without battery):  1/3 oz

I just acquired one of these little beauties (because one cannot have enough tactical flashlights!  Seriously, AT 2 1/2 INCHES LONG, it’s barely noticeable clipped to my key chain.

And I looked even more ridiculous OC-ing a full-sized service pistol with a 5-cell flashlight strapped to my waist. (As if!)

Like Batman without the uniform or the mask.

Look, most of us aren’t spec-ops guys or even PD.  Carrying a huge flashlight on-one’s-person everywhere is conspicuous and obvious.  This is quality equipment, and is reasonably priced.  I got mine through Gunhog, and saved even more!

(FTC – neither Helotex, Gearhog or Gunshack gave me anything!  Shine your light elsewhere!)

Fashion and Concealed Carry

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The Guayabera or Mexican Wedding Shirt

I believe for CCW folks to ‘fit in’ with the mainstream, they must dress in a similar fashion.  Most of the time here in the Southwest, this is not a problem.  Hawaiian shirts, square-cut camp shirts, and Mexican wedding shirts are in abundance, and even the lowly colored T-shirt can provide enough concealment for casual wear in this 100+ degree environment.  (not me in the photo!)

This has not always been so for me.  Working @ TMCCC, initially men were required to wear shirts and ties (management being from the Eastern United States clothing meme) and as the company prohibited weapons, one had to be discrete with regard to what kind and where one was possessing.  Being a known quantity (the gun guy) in my department, I was especially singled-out for surveillance.  One time, a black nylon eyeglass case I wore was accused of being a holster, another time, management prohibited all personnel beneath a certain level from carrying brief cases!

Style also enters into this equation.  Col. Cooper oft made pronouncements pooh-poohing fashion, saying the utility of proper concealment was of more importance.  Of course, he lived in the high desert outside a small town and could pretty much wear whatever he wanted.  He wasn’t constrained by a business environment expecting 80’s cut suits (with tiny belt loops – in the 80’s).  Last time I saw him in person was a warm day during which he wore a very heavy (and not stylish) suit coat over his 5″ 1911 (in a holster on a beefy belt).  I know he was wearing the 1911, as he removed the coat, much to the consternation of the young turk law enforcement types in the audience at the time.  You see, he was speaking on a community college campus and firearms were not permitted there.  A couple actually lunged out of their seats, as though they were going to wrestle the old man to the ground and arrest him!

They didn’t.

Women who CCW are a whole different issue.  Many choose not to carry on their bodies, but use purses, briefcases and backpacks designed for such a purpose.  This, of course, has both utility and drawbacks.  If one chooses to leave their purse in the car, or with an unknowing luncheon partner while visiting the restroom, for example.  Or grabs their wallet out of the armed purse to run into the stop and rob convenience store, because the purse is such a pain-in-the-ass to lug around!

Of course, they might utilize one of those new bra holsters, and carrying something like a .32 or .380?

The point is that one must make allowances for fashion, but decide what works specifically for them.  I’ve a fused right hip.  Wearing an ankle holster on my right leg is hardly a valid choice for me.  And wearing a heavy suit jacket in the Summer just invites attention.  (Reminiscent of those ‘guys in suits’ (security) who hang around Las Vegas casinos not gambling in the Summer!)

I remember visiting the shopping district in a high-end neighborhood some years ago.  I paid particular attention to the men I thought might be carrying a concealed weapon.  I think I spotted nine men, no women, because their clothes didn’t quite fit right (they kept adjusting their belts) and seemed overly concerned about how their jackets or shirts were riding.  One doesn’t do that with a cell phone.

Make right choices, for both your clothes AND your armament.

Be safe, but be comfortable.  And inconspicuous.

The Words For The Day Are GRATITUDE And PATIENCE

Walter - curmudgeon emeritus

Walter – curmudgeon emeritus

I don’t wish to lose my curmudgeon membership status, but, it’s true!

This past week was replete with increased car difficulties, coupled with my ongoing computer/internet problems.  The car stuff still exists, but (for the moment) she still runs.

I FINALLY appear to have found a technological combination which works to make my new (old) borrowed laptop work less-buggy.

Will wonders never cease?

This is the first day in many I’m able to check my emails, do my blog and read others’ news and blogs without difficulty.

Knock-on-wood.

Perhaps now I can go about the ‘business’ of blogging and keeping up with the blogosphere better!

And, there remains a new puppy with which to play, AND, my roomie recently upgraded her cellular telephone, which means I now have her ‘old’ one – a Samsung Galaxy Note 3!!

CAN YOU SAY GRATITUDE AND PATIENCE?  (I knew you could!)

Sigh…Here We Go AGAIN!

Got up ‘late’ (0730!), something  I  never  do.   Okay, rarely, now that I’ve done it.

Went to work on the  blog – except  I couldn’t get the @&-+=#&! computer  to work!

AND THIS IS THE ‘NEW’ HAND-ME-DOWN’ COMPUTER!

Sorry guys.   No quote, funny, beauty  or video  this  morning…

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Thank God  for my cell and the puppy!

O…M…G…! A GUN Left Behind on a Disney Ride!

AKs & Cupcakes pointedly reminds us that gun safety is not just for the shooting range!  EVERYWHERE you carry, KNOW WHERE it is, WHAT DIRECTION it is pointed, AND Make Certain it is SECURE!

This is exactly the kind of situation that anti-gunners are going to love to get their hands on. The “what-if’s” are astounding. I  could see the rhetoric now: “if responsible gun owners can’t even keep track of their guns, why should they be allowed to have them?”

You don’t need a vivid imagination to realize what a stir this would have created if a child got a hold of the gun and not a responsible adult.  Yes, I said responsible because who knows what kinds of people are out there and what they would to to get their anti-freedom point across. What an opportunity this presented. A shooting at a theme park? a DISNEY Park? Where the Imaginators (or whatever they call themselves) are working their asses off to create the most happy place on earth? Are you kiddin’ me? That scenario would have been PERFECT and exactly what would have been the nail in the coffin, so to speak.

Check your Six, Watch your BACK, JACK… and know where your potentially-lethal machine is.  At All Times.

It’s for the children, and all of us.

Training, Shooting and Fashion

Cornered Cat|Scratching Post always presents such well-reasoned wisdom.  You should read this link in particular, if you’re not already reading her blog.  Then you should remedy the situation by reading it, regularly.

Kathy Jackson walks us through the thought process of the new female shooting student.  After all, generally women are more concerned with fashion dictates.  (Yes, I know, Brigid, not every woman!  🙂 )

Some student concerns:

One person expressed it very well when she wrote, “[The Cornered Cat] course requires a holster type I have no intention of ever using. So that means even more money spent on a holster and clothing that would only be used the days of the class.”

Another person wrote something similar: “I’d have to invest in pants with belt loops, belt, and holster that I would probably never use again just to take one or two classes.”

Kathy intones:

Putting a loaded gun into a holster is the single most dangerous thing anyone ever does in a professional firearms training class.

I remember Jeff Cooper poo-pooing fashion with regard to its dictates versus the need to carry safely.  An  no one would have ever called The Colonel a fashion plate.  After all, what’s more important?

And men, don’t gloss over going to Kathy Jackson’s link because it’s aimed at women.  Her above quote applies to you, as well.

Both in training and (daily) carry, safety should be our foremost concern.  We are dealing with lethal instrumentalities, after all.

Fashion should come second.  Or even farther down the list.

As I’m on disability, my daily wear is usually a colored T-shirt, a long-sleeve over-shirt, Wrangler jeans, a belt from The Wilderness and my diabetic orthopedic walking shoes, with my right one built-up (aka ‘Ed’, the really big shoe).  On more formal occasions, I’ve been known to substitute a polo shirt.  George Clooney eat your heart out!  (I know – your bodyguards probably dress better!)

My shooting wear isn’t much different, except for the addition of my Tilly Hat and eyes/ears.  And sunglasses.

If you need to purchase (or perhaps borrow?) some clothes or holsters to meet the requirements of a particular class, I say go for it.  More training is always better.

h/t Kathy Jackson, Jeff Cooper

The Eye Cannot Trespass. WAIT! Yes it can!

imagesWith the ubiquitous-ness of digital cameras (usually attached to cellular telephones) it’s only logical that the civilian populus would film any actions taken by the constabulary in public.  Think of Rodney King – squared.

One would think this is only fair, as most populated areas are now replete with cameras either filming the public willy-nilly, or those privately-owned that may be accessed, like ATM cameras.  AND, police dash cams.  And it would make sense to keep such actions free, as open government is a desirable thing.

Not to mention cases such as Kyllo v. United States and Boyd v. United States, which reaffirmed the English Common Law which said the eye cannot trespass.

Well, forget all that…

As more and more of the public are photographing and filming police activity, more States are acting to suppress the right of a free people to record such actions.  Why is that, if the government is acting within the law?

filmcopsAsking permission to engage in free behavior in an open society?  And out-and-out prosecution in certain jurisdictions?

Outrageous and disgusting.  Expect more of this coming to your town down the road.  Because governments  never  rarely* expand to promote individual freedom.

*recent changes in self-defense, gun possession, and CCW laws, notwithstanding.  I even saw a blip on the radar about another State looking at Constitutional Carry.  Too bad the concept of freedom isn’t simply the default for all natural rights.
 

h/t Miss Lisa, wirecutter

A Moment in Guffaw’s PC History!

not with THIS machine, though!

not with THIS machine, though!

I’ve been on the Internet since 1993.  Bulletin boards and such.  IRC.  I used dial-up.  Then computer memory became too complex and massive to handle a straight analog telephone connection.

So I got broadband.  Expensive broadband.  And it served me well, when I could afford it.

Then, my roommate gave me her  Wi-Fi hotspot.  Much like broadband, a little less expensive, but a little spotty with coverage and speed.

NOW, she decided to get a cable modem and router…

Remarkable!  I connect faster, more quality, security and speed!.  And it’s only showing 4 of 5 bars at peak periods!  (I’m upstairs from the router.)  No buffering on video!  For the first time in Guffaw’s PC History!

Live and learn.

PS – I no longer have the Timex Sinclair.  I’ve moved past 16K…

“In the DARK?”

David Mitchell and I (another friend from high school long ago – yes, another David) were hanging out talking incessantly (as we were want to do) in the breezeway of his apartment complex, as I was leaving, and we had settled in an area in shadow.  The Sun had gone down, and the breezeway was no longer lit, but there was no security lighting there. (this was 1969-70)

SO, we were prattling on regarding stuff only important to high school boys, when another resident, some old neighbor lady (40?) came out of her apartment and inquired, “What are you boys doing?”.  We responded, “Talking.”,  her response,

“In the DARK?”

As if speech were negated by the absence of illumination.  We had many subsequent chuckles and much mockery out of her reaction.

My point is, that much of the interaction between people occurs after the Sun drops.  In the dark.

Are YOU prepared?  In your daily routine, do you not only have your sidearm, a reload (or two), identification AND some kind of illumination?  A flashlight?

Personally, I don’t carry one during the day.  (except the little keychain emergency ‘find-the-keyway’ light).  And honestly, I don’t always take one with me at night.  I’m not some kind of spec-ops guy, just an average Joe.

I will take the 3 D cell Kellite Maglite with me if serious light use is anticipated, like searching my car for lost stuff after dark.

My roomie keeps her’s in her purse, where she wears out many batteries trying to find other stuff therein.  Of course, sometimes an additional flashlight is needed to locate the flashlight in the purse.  😛

This is in addition to her trusty sidearm.

But my Scorpion rests on my nightstand, next to the Maglite.

Nothing fancy or particularly tacticool, just a rubberized barrel and end cap switch.  What else do I need?

How many rounds should you carry?

Mike, of Mike’s Spot does a rather succinct mathematical analysis of exactly this question.  Most ‘regular’ CCW folks I know carry a minimum:  one speedloader, one spare magazine, one speed strip.  The math would suggest TWO be the minimum.

I know, we’re mostly all about convenience.  If we could carry a Wondernine 5000 with 14 spare magazines holding 30 rounds each, AND have body armor with built-in GPS calling the police and ambulance service as soon as there was bullet contact all completely concealable and no extra weight, we’d do it.

But the real world is quite different.  Hey, it’s 114 today, I’ll carry the snub instead of the 1911, and maybe one five-round speed strip.  In a lighter caliber with magic bullets.  There!

Mike’s last line got my attention, after all the analysis:

Always keep in mind though, if ever you need to defend yourself with a firearm, KNOW that if you can’t get some good COVER, not concealment pretty early on in the fight, or your family will be reading a eulogy in your honor with a big emphasis on bravery.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…