I was in need of a replacement for the “temporary” holster that came with my Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm Compact.  After agonizing over the multitudes of kydex holsters on the market today I decided on the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 hybrid holster.  Today was my first day with this holster so I really can not give you a real review on it.  What I will say is that it was completely comfortable all day long.  Not once was I subjected to the typical pinching and uncomfortableness of most other holsters.  Initially I’m impressed and as of right now I’d recommend the Cloak Tuck 3.0 as a good candidate for a concealment holster. 

I started working on this post last Saturday evening and never finished it. So I will tonight. My second full day with this holster was almost as good as the first. One issue I had today was the good old feeling of my pants sagging on my gun side accompanied by the feeling of my t-shirt untucking. I have a theory on this. I’m thinking that I had the holster slide just a bit too far back which led to the t-shirt slippage amd general uncomfortableness. Overall I’m still happy with it and am going to continue testing it out. I did swap out the standard plastic belt clips for leather loops. I’m thinking that maybe these new leather loops may prevent it from sliding on my belt. I guess I’ll find out.





The Gospel According to John (Moses Browning)
In the beginning was the 1911, and the 1911 was the pistol, and it was good. And behold the Lord said, “Thou shalt not muck about with my disciple John’s design, for it is good and it worketh. For John made the 1911, and lo all of his weapons, from the designs which I, the Lord, gave him upon the mountain.

“And shouldst thou muck about with it and hang all manner of foul implements upon it, and profane its internal parts, thou shalt surely have malfunctions, and in the midst of battle thou shalt surely come to harm.”

And as the ages passed men in their ignorance and arrogance didst forget the word of the Lord and began to profane the 1911. The tribe of the gamesman did place recoil spring guides and extended slide releases upon the 1911 and their metalsmiths didst tighten the tolerances and alter parts to their liking, their clearness of mind being clouded by lust.

Their artisans did hang all manner of foul implements upon the 1911 and did so alter it that it became impractical to purchase. For lo, the artisans didst charge a great tax upon the purchasers of the 1911 so that the lowly field-worker could not afford one. And the profaning of the internal parts didst render it unworkable when the dust of the land fell upon it.

And lo, they didst install adjustable sights, which are an abomination unto the Lord. For they doth break and loose their zero when thou dost need true aim. And those who have done so will be slain in great numbers by their enemies in the great battle.

And it came to pass that the Lord didst see the abomination wrought by man and didst cause, as he had warned, fearful malfunction to come upon the abominations and upon the artisans who thought they could do no wrong.

Seeing the malfunctions and the confusion of men the lord of the underworld did see an opportunity to further ensnare man and didst bring forth pistols made of plastic, whose form was such that they looked and felt like a brick, yet the eyes of man being clouded, they were consumed by the plastic pistol and did buy vast quantities of them.

And being a deceitful spirit the lord of the underworld did make these plastic pistols unamenable to the artisans of earth and they were unable to muck much with the design, and lo these pistols did function.

And the evil one also brought forth pistols in which the trigger didst both cock and fire them and which require a “dingus” to make them appear safe.

But man, being stupid, did not understand these new pistols and did proceed to shoot them-selves with the plastic pistol, and with the trigger cocking pistols for lo their manual of arms required great intelligence which man had long since forsaken. Yet man continue to gloat over these new pistols blaming evil forces for the negligent discharges which they themselves had committed.

And when man had been totally ensnared with plastic pistol, the lord of the underworld didst cause a plague of the terrible Ka-BOOM to descend upon man and the plastic pistols delivered their retribution upon men. And there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth in the land.

Then seeing that the eyes of man were slowly being opened and that man was truly sorrowful for his sinful misdeeds, the Lord did send his messengers in the form of artisans who did hear and obey the teachings of the prophet and who didst restore the profaned 1911s to their proper configuration, and lo, to the amazement of men they didst begin to work as the Prophet had intended.

And the men of the land didst drive out the charlatans and profaners from the land, and there was joy and peace in the land, except for the evil spirits which tried occasionally to prey on the men and women of the land, and who were sent to the place of eternal damnation by the followers of John.

(I haven’t any recollection as to where I originally came across this. I stumbled upon it in my “Notes” on my Facebook page and figured it would be better here.)

Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, is part Drill Instructor, and part stand up comic.  Here are a few of his observations on Tactics, firearms, self defense and life as we know it in the Civilized world.

“The handgun would not be my choice of weapon if I knew I was going to a fight… I’d choose a rifle, a shotgun, an RPG or an atomic Bomb instead.”

“The two most important rules in a gunfight are: Always cheat and Always win.”

“Every time I teach a class, I discover I don’t know something.”

“Don’t forget, incoming fire has the right of way.”

“Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets. I may get killed with my own gun, but he’s gonna have to beat me to death with it, cause it’s going to be empty.”

“If you’re not shootin’, you should be loadin’. If you’re not loadin, you should be movin’, if you’re not movin’, someone’s gonna Cut your head off and put it on a stick.”

“When you reload in low light encounters, don’t put your flashlight in your back pocket… If you light yourself up, you’ll look like an angel or the tooth fairy… and you’re gonna be one of ’em pretty soon.”

“Do something.  It may be wrong, but do something.”

“Nothing adds a little class to a sniper course like a babe in a Ghilliesuit.”

“Shoot what’s available, as long as it’s available, until something else becomes available.”

“If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid.  That’s ridiculous.  If I have a gun, what in the hell do I have to be paranoid for.”

“Don’t shoot fast, shoot good.”

“You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or use any other word you think will work but I’ve found that a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much the universal language.

“You have the rest of your life to solve your problems.  How long you live depends on how well you do it.”

“You cannot save the planet.  You may be able to save yourself and your family.”

“Thunder Ranch will be here as long as you’ll have us or until someone makes us go away and either way it will be exciting.”


More Excellent Gun Wisdom…

The purpose of fighting is to Win!

There is no possible victory in defense.  The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.

The final weapon is the brain.  All else is supplemental.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man.  If he is too old to fight, He’ll just kill you.

If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.

I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy.

When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers.  The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him ‘Why do you carry a 45?’  The Ranger responded, ‘Because they don’t make a 46.’

An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.

The old sheriff was attending an awards dinner when a lady commented on his wearing his sidearm.  “Sheriff, I see you have your pistol.  Are you expecting trouble?” “No ma’am.  If I were expecting trouble, I would have brought my rifle.”

Beware the man who only has one gun.  He probably knows how to use it!

“The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.” -G.K. Chesterton

A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.

‘Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.’ – Thomas Jefferson

“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy.” -Samuel Adams

(I haven’t any recollection as to where I originally came across this. I stumbled upon it in my “Notes” on my Facebook page and figured it would be better here.)

If the worst happens and your expensive firearms were to be stolen would you be able to provide serial numbers to law enforcement? What about pictures proving their condition for an insurance claim? Check out what TheFireArmGuy has to say in one of his latest videos. Let’s just say I’m probably going to be using his idea for recoding the pertinent information regarding my collection of firearms.

This is the first step in my ammo reloading operation. I start with used lead wheel weights and end up with a perfectly formed hard cast lead projectile. Yes it is labor intensive. However, this is the absolute cheapest way to shoot.
It’s always fun when the lead begins to melt.
Half pound and one pound ingots fit neatly into the melting pot I use with the bullet molds.