Monday, November 29, 2010

Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe: Update

On October 8, 2010, I received my Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe inside-the-waistband holster in the mail.  Now, nearly two months later, I have worn this holster everyday with my Ruger SR9c.  Since I enjoy reading feedback on different products that others have purchased, I decided to input some of my own for this most excellent holster.

As I said above, I bought this for use with my Ruger SR9c as a concealed carry setup.  The combination of the SR9c and the Crossbreed Supertuck are a match made in Heaven.  The Crossbreed supports this 1 lb 12 oz gun very well with the two widely spaced metal belt clips.  They distribute the load of the weapon over a broad area, which helps to keep the gun in place and not move.  Trust me when I say that this gun does not shift position at all when I'm carrying it.  The large patch of leather provides structural rigidity for the kydex to hold onto and helps to retain the pistol against the body without sacrificing comfort. 

The kydex on my holster had good retention from the factory, but I wanted just a bit more.  So, armed with a hair dryer, and a lot of patience, I was able mold it to better suit my retention preference.  When I draw the pistol, I just give it a firm tug and the gun releases completely and draws very smoothly.  Yet when it is retained within the confines of the holster, it does not drop out.  I can shake the snot out of it and it won't drop, even fully loaded.

Now, before you think that messing with the kydex is a bad thing, understand that Crossbreed actually sends you instructions on how to adjust the retention yourself, or you can send it back to them and they will adjust it for you.  Kydex is really easy to work with and to mold with nothing more than a folded towel against the firearm.  The only reason I adjusted mine is because I wanted more retention so the gun would not fall out when sitting in seats, getting into or out of a car, etc etc.  I have no doubt it would stay put the way it came, but Crossbreed understands that people have different retention preferences and it is nice to have the ability to alter it without affecting the return policy.

I've experimented with different locations of carry, from 3 o'clock to about 4:30.  I've found that hiding it behind my kidney at 4:30 works the best for this particular gun.  Your mileage may vary, as mine does with my LCP in a Crossbreed minituck.  a quarter after 3 o'clock works best for that gun.  Either way, each weapon is different, so your carry method will vary with each design.

My holster came with horsehide leather, but dyed cowhide is available.  I chose horsehide because it is more durable than cowhide and will hold up against the perspiration of my body more effectively.  Plus, I like the natural look of the horsehide with this holster.  Over time, the leather conforms to the shape of the individual wearing it and the leather tends to hold the shape, even after the holster is removed and stored.  This conformity adds to the overall comfort of the rig and also helps keep it in place.  Lastly, on the leather, it provides a good cushion between the firearm and the user.  This is a key benefit because I have owned holsters that allowed the barrel, cylinder, and frame of my Ruger SP101 to dig into my body.  This does not happen with the Crossbreed holster.

The Crossbreed holster is adjustable too.  While I have not experimented with adjustment for my SR9c, I have done so with the Crossbreed Minituck for my LCP.  The Supertuck comes with the clips in the middle position on the holster, but you can unscrew them and move the clips up and down in predrilled holes or even offset them for different cant.  The neutral position for the Supertuck is more or less a FBI cant, which positions the gun so that the barrel and slide face backward slightly.  This is beneficial because the grip doesn't stick out the back as far as it would if the barrel and slide were oriented straight down.  If you desire more or less forward/backward cant, you can adjust it easily. 

As far as comfort goes, if I was to rate this on a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a solid 9 1/2 up to a 10, ten of course being extremely comfortable.  When I'm out and about, the holster provides the comfort and support needed to keep the gun in place and I'm not constantly fidgeting with the rig.  Occasionally, I need to hike the gun and holster up, but I also need a better belt.  The belt I have is sturdy, but I'd like something a bit thicker and stronger.  But pulling up on the belt is just something guys do.  We tend to adjust ourselves, so pulling up on the belt doesn't attract unwanted attention.  I've also found that the tighter you keep the belt, the better the rig stays in place. 

All in all, I'm a huge fan of these holsters.  They aren't the prettiest things in the world, but then again, they aren't designed to be shown off.  They are designed for concealment and they do a good job at that.  For more information on Crossbreed holsters, go to http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/.

-James

Uninsured? Warrant? Drunk? Either way, YOU SUCK!

To the individual who backed their car into my Dodge Ramcharger, YOU SUCK!

I know it's not in the spirit of Christmas to tell someone they suck, but bashing your car into my truck and then driving off isn't exactly the thing an honorable person would do.  There were witnesses, you know.  In fact, you might have seen them as they were running out to you to try to stop you from fleeing the scene.  Thank God for my neighbors.  We have a good description of your vehicle, part of your your license plate number, and yourself.  From what I hear, your car didn't fair too well either.  My neighbor across the street told me that your trunk was curled up and your bumper was dragging on the ground.  You must have hit my truck pretty hard when you were backing up because part of your tail light lens ended up on top of the hood of my truck.  Fortunately, my truck didn't receive much in the way of real damage; just a bent bumper, a scratch of paint on the fender, some damage to the grill surround and a cracked headlight bezel is all my truck endured.  I've done worse damage on the trail.

Now, as inconvenient as it is to have some superficial damage done to my truck, I'm glad to know your car is most likely a total loss.  Serves you right for being a douchebag!  You probably didn't have insurance anyway, or you might have stopped and left a note, or tried to find the owner (me).  Or maybe you have a warrant for your arrest and didn't want to get caught because you knew that I would call the police and you'd be making your acquaintence with Bubba right about now.  Maybe you were drunk.  Either way, you're a piece of shit and you are very lucky I didn't see you do this.  Otherwise I'd be all over you like white on rice. 

I doubt I will ever see you, but rest assured that if I do, your ass is going to jail!  Should the police find your car (yes, I filed a report and they were able to get a sample of your car's paint, which you left on my bumper), you can be certain that I will press charges against you for the inconvenience you caused me.  Your life is probably already in shambles, so I won't feel guilty about cramming the full extent of the law right up your ass!

-James

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Second Wave in the Christmas Season Trifecta



Actually, it starts on Halloween for us because we go all out decorating our house in spookiness for the kids on October 31st. Then comes Thanksgiving and that's always a great time to be with family and friends. Plus, the fall decorations and colors adorning the front porch help elevate our family into the "Tis the season" mode. Now, the day after Thanksgiving, while others are running around like chickens with their heads cut off (celebrating the commercialism that has become Christmas), I woke up at 8ish and slowly made my way out of bed by say 9ish. Then the wife and I get the kids ready and take a leisurely drive down to our favorite place to buy Christmas trees. Each year that we've bought trees at this particular location, we've always gotten a picture-perfect Noble fir tree with which to cram 1200+ lights and buckets of random, fun ornaments.

While the wifenator is busy stuffing strands of lights into the tree, I'm busy outside hanging lights from the porch and getting lights strung around the window frames and doors. We top it off with a couple of festive looking lighted penguins to greet well wishers at the front porch. The decorations then spill into the rest of the living room, kitchen, and eventually find their way into the dining room. The sounds of Bing Crosby singing Christmas carols can be heard in the home and the smell of sweet sugar cookies (via a scented candle) waft into every room of the home, mixing with the smells of Cinnamon from the gigantic pine cones that make up part of our table centerpiece.

The Christmas Season is officially here, at least in our house.

-James

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Man Shoots a .45 With His Feet!

I know what you're thinking. This is some sort of publicity stunt. Nope. My friends, this is Michael and he has overcome some obvious disadvantages in his life. He not only shoots his .45 with his feet, but he loads the catridges into the magazines and loads his own gun. Now, if this man can get out there and shoot a fullsize semi-auto pistol without the advantage of having arms and hands, what is stopping you? Get out there and shoot!



-James

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Where's Your Vault?

First, before I begin, let me be clear.  I am no stranger to owning a high quality gun safe.  The safe pictured to the left is one that I used to own, but is still in the family.  It is an American Eagle AE-35 safe, made by Cannon.  It is a very good and sturdy safe, loaded with all the goodies to keep my guns and valuables safe (pun intended). 

However, after moving twice, I soon realized that there was no good place to put this behemoth in the home I had bought.  So, I sold it to someone near to me and it is in his possession for "safe" keeping.

However, after itemizing all the guns in my house, and reading about how someones guns were stolen by a burglar, I have decided to get a new safe.  When someone breaks into your house and steals nothing but your guns (not even your ammo), you know what they were looking for, and it is a pain in the butt to track your guns down.  In many cases, you will never get them back.  Then there is the possibility that the guns you rescued from the street will end up back on the street to commit crimes and possibly murder someone.  That is not a reassuring feeling.

But what about other valuables, like laptop computers or jewelry?  What about important documents like social security cards, birth certificates, marriage licenses, family pictures, etc?  How do you protect those from fire or theft?  The above safe is ideal for all that and more.  When I owned it, I kept the guns on the side, the bottom lined with ammo, and the top shelves contained sensitive electronics and papers that I was interested in holding onto. 

Now, as I am on the hunt for a new safe, I will expound on what you may be looking at if you decide that it is a good idea for you to invest your hard-earned money in something that will save your other investments, and your ass, if the worst should ever happen to you. 

Of course, you have the entry level safe.  This is one that will usually withstand 1200-1400 degrees F for 30-45 minutes.  The locking mechanisms are pretty strong and will stand up to your run of the mill burglar looking for easy cash for drugs.  Additionally, this safe will be an insurance best bet against fire or other types of destruction that may occur.  Remember, you don't need to store guns in a safe - just the things that are valuable to you (for me, that is guns).  Most safes have a seal that expands when exposed to high heat to basically turn it into a monster sized cooler for your valuables.  They normally have a substantial amount of heavy pins around the door to keep the bad guys out.  These safes cost between $600 and $1400.

To be honest, this is exactly the type of safe I'm looking for at this time.  Yes, I know, I can spend more money elsewhere and get something that is more durable, theft-resistant, fire-resistant, and heavy, but I need a safe fast and on the cheap.  Keeping the guns in the closet just isn't cutting it anymore.

The next level up in safes (where most people buy if they are buying just one) has larger door pins, more door pins, better sealing, thicker steel, more fire protection, and the locks are usually larger and stronger.  Safes like this can run between $1500-$2000 depending on the quality, company, and size.  Plus, you usually buy into a larger safe to store more stuff.  If you buy just one safe, then this is for you.  Buy as big as you can afford, but make sure it will fit in the desired place in your house.

See, I don't plan to buy just one safe.  I plan on buying two.  Why?  Simple, I will have one for documents and valuables and one for guns.  The gun collection in my house grows almost monthly these days.  I need a dedicated safe for them, and it will be a big one.  But until then, I can get away with something a little less expensive that will do the job until something like a tax return comes in or I refinance my house.  Additionally, I can move smaller safes by myself rather than having to hire a safe moving company to do the job.  When you live in an area that isn't always ideal, it's best to invest your money into something that will save you should the time ever come that the burglar decides it's your turn to get robbed.

-James