Happiness is a good leather holster

I sitting at home cooling like I usually do, and I got an email from a European leather guy named Luke.  Luke said hey man, like what you are doing can I send you one of my holsters to try?  A couple of weeks passed by and I remembered I had not responded to Luke.  So I emailed him back and he said, go on my website and pick something.  Is that nice or what?  Christmas in March, man.

Well, I thought to myself.  Smith and Wesson just sent me a M&P 9mm 2.0 to review so I ordered a OWB with a two position slant leather right handed holster for it from CraftHolsters.com

Luke said ok and in a few days it was in at my door.  My wife, hollers, what did you buy now?  You know we are on fixed income.  My wife.
This holster is solid.  The leather is good quality.  The stitching is neat, clean and tight.  This is a quality holster.  I have had my share.  I would rank this right up there with DeSantis, Galco and El Paso Saddlery.

When I put the M&P in it, I had the usual resistance on the thumb snap until the leather stretched over the back strap for a secure fit.
I expect it will work itself out after doing a couple of hundred repetitions of drawing in my dry fire practice.
As holsters go, I give this one a five-star rating.

If you want to see if Luke can help you out visit CraftHolsters.com

 

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Joyce Pipes

I first saw the Joyce Pipe on Instagram.  As a cigar smoker I was interested in learning about the pipe that smokes like a cigar for several reasons.  Pipe tobacco is usually easier on the nostrils for people like my wife that detest smoke of all kinds minus a barbeque pit.  My grandfather used to smoke an old pipe with the smell of Cherry flavored tobacco that I associate instantly with a calm, wise old man with stories and laughter.  The pipe on Instagram was handmade by a former pastor that moved out of a busy city to the country of the upper west coast where he makes a living designing and creating these individual pipes that smoke like cigars.   

It’s made out of various types of wood with acrylic and stone inlays where the band would go on a traditional cigar.  It is created with a chamber inside so that it smokes cooler than a cigar would.  You have a choice of the color of the wood, and the band. 

Smoking a cigar pipe is similar to smoking a pipe.  You purchase your tobacco, you pack it, tamp it, pack it and light it.  As the tobacco burns the ashes spill out so I had to tip the cigar pipe up at an angle in between puffs.  It was enjoyable.  It will be my go to smoke when with the family on outings.
The artisan, Ben Joyce is as nice as his creations.  It was a pleasure to speak with him and interview him for one of my podcast episodes of the Speak Life Podcast.

Go to ‪joycepipes.com‬ and see what you can come up with.  Get a custom cigar pipe or purchase one already finished from his collection. 

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Rock Island Armory 22 TCM

If you like the feel of a 1911 but prefer a 9 mm shot, check out this new gun from rock island armory. It even comes with the exotic .22 TCM barrel conversion. Almost like having to guns in one. The company is solid and originally out of the Philippines. These brothers do good work. They are nice people to talk to —all around. Here’s me and the head dude of RIA, “Bolo”.

For every day carry it’s a little heavy but depending on your size, you might be able to work it out. It is definitely a collectible and a fun gun to own though.

I really enjoyed shooting this gun.

RIA is famous for mastering the development of the 1911 platform. For over 30 years, they’ve advanced the scope of their  research and engineering team with the commercial launch of the meteoric 22 TCM cartridge in the 1911 format. Delivering over 2000 fps in a handgun while offering both single stack and high capacity options, the TCM series introduces the most potent and versatile 1911 in the market today. It’s known for light recoil without sacrifice in muzzle energy and penetrating impact abilities. Also built in mid size, full size and high capacity options with both Standard and Tactical configurations, each TCM series handgun includes a drop-in 9mm barrel adding another proven ammunition option in one firearm. Once you rule the fire breathing dragon, you’ll never want to put it down.
MSRP $820

Rock island armory

 

The TCM Rock Standard MS HC is constructed in 4140 Ordnance steel and refined by our carefully managed hand fitting process.  (not a light gun)

It’s built to drive the factory original Rock Island 22 TCM cartridge at over 1850fps and features a 4.25” barrel with penetrating impact and unprecedented light recoil. Add a double stack mag well with 17-round capacity and the TCM MS Rock Standard earns respect for delivering a constant high velocity payload. Includes a skeletonized hammer and trigger with adjustable over travel stop and low profile anti-snag front and rear sights. This pistol is fitted with checkered polymer grips and finished with a durable parkerized coating.

Complete with a drop-in 9mm accessory barrel, the TCM Rock Standard offers the best in old and new.

 

If you’re a collector or just enjoy shooting, get one of these.

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The Watch From Hagerstown, Maryland

Hager Watch

A former Marine I know, husband, father, and pretty smart guy created his own watch company.  He was always in to expensive time pieces and classy jewelry.  After putting a lot of “time” in to learning the trade he decided to create his own with the same quality and his specs.

Ballsy move; but what do you expect from a former Marine?

commandoHis company is even giving some love to his hometown of Hagerstown, MD.  Check out Hager Watches and see for yourself.  I had one.  It seemed to have walked away.  I’m planning to get another.  Get one for yourself this holiday season.  And tell Pete you heard it from me.

 

http://www.hagerwatches.com

SERE Watch

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Film Studio In Fairfax Va That Makes Magic Happen

Did you know there is a video production company you can rent to create a television show, commercial, or movie short in Northern Virginia? I would have never known that except for the fact that a retired friend of mine introduced me to Thunderbolt Studios. They are phenomenal and I watched them build the place up from nothing. What is really cool is that the place is always being built. Whatever you need they will do in the studio to make your set fit you.

I had the opportunity to present a “sizzle reel” of my accomplishments to a cable network interested in pimping me out in the outdoor spaces. Thunderbolt worked with me and created this video.

The cable network thing didn’t work out, (thank God) but I have this video to share with you. These guys are my friends. They are trusted, pro-rights folks, as well.

If I ever get anything going and need a studio, BOOM.

ThunderShot Studios is a great video production company that owns a huge video production studio right in the Washington, DC area. We deliver creative and technical video and film productions from concept to completion.

VIDEO AND FILM PRODUCTION TYPES

Documentaries
Explainer videos and infographics
Internal communications including training
Museum media
Films that drive global influence and awareness
Public service announcements and commercials
Multicamera panel shows / talk shows

SPECIALIZED PRODUCTION SERVICES

Premiere rental studio for video and film
Jimmy Jib camera crane services
Concept development and scriptwriting
Videography (in studio and on location)
Postproduction editing and sound sweetening
Graphics and animation
Webcasts, streaming, and broadcasting services

They built and operate one of the best video production studios in the US—right in the Washington, DC area!

Their team has won multiple Emmy Awards, Telly Awards, and many other industry accolades.

Their team has 25+ years of experience in service to the government and various contractors including the FDIC, GSA, DOD, FDA, SAMSHA, Smithsonian Institution, Army, Navy, and Marines, just to name a few.

Their team has also helped to create video productions for Fox News Channel, CNN, ESPN, NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, Discovery Channel, TLC, Bravo, and Animal Planet, just to name a few.
Their great at coaching ordinary “non-video” professionals to be comfortable and confident on camera. They also use specialized lighting to give everyone who comes in front of our cameras that “presidential” glow.

Phone: 703-645-4044

9425-B Mathy l Drive Fairfax, VA 22031

ThunderShotStudios.com

Amy Krueger, CEO and Owner

 

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Super belt Review

When is the last time you paid attention to your belt or the belt used to hold up your pants and your gun?

One of the reasons you might hate your job is that you’re miserable physically all day. Not only is it that your feet hurt and your ballistic vest gets heavy but you’re having trouble keeping your pants in the right place.

One fix, might just be a good belt.

A good belt is more than fashion. It’s just smart. A good belt keeps your gun in the same place. A good belt gives you a good platform to perform a good draw. If you wear uniform it holds up your Sam Brown (police)belt better. What is better? Better is comfortable. better is better on your back and lower spine. If you spent all day pulling your waist up that’s not good.

I’ve been wearing this belt for about a year  now and I love it.

It’s worth it. Buy it now and never have to buy again. Your pants stay put and you look better. And one importantly you feel better.

The folks at DaltechForce.com gave me a really cool product to review. it was a belt. When is the last time you thought about belts or belt loops? I know, right? This one is different.

Well this is a great belt. Not sure what it is made out of but it feels good and strong. Its comfortable and holds my pants and holsters up without binding, pinching, wilting or any of the other things that happen to leather. This thing is supposed to be water, dirt, chemical and weather resistant. I believe it. I give it a five out of five. Its my new favorite belt. If you order one you can save 10% if you use the code iBelt35 at http://daltechforce.com

 

It’s here.  Don’t forget the coupon code.  code iBelt35

 

 

 

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How I stay cool and warm at the same time

Here’s a coat you need the next time you go to SHOT Show. especially at Media Day at the range. It is light, comfortable, and can carry your concealed firearm. It even has locking zippers. It’s the Concealed carry men’s caliber Elite Parka from undertechundercover.com I really like it. I give it 5 Stars.

The hood detaches in the back if you don’t want to wear it.  It’s more professional looking and non-tactical operator looking than most.  Feels good.

Every year a day before the actually National Shooting Sports Foundations’ Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show they have a special day out at the Boulder City Gun Club in Nevada, called Media Day at the Range.  It’s a highly coveted day where at least 100 vendors, and gun companies allow the media, traditional journalist and new media folks like me, (bloggers, podcasters and Youtubers) shoot and handle new stuff.

Not everyone that applies for this event gets to go.

The weather out in the gigantic space is usually colder than you would think Nevada would be.  Sometimes its pleasant.  Sometimes its butt ugly cold.  I have been there as snowflakes fell.  It has always been the best part of the trip though because all the who’s who of new media is there.

This jacket is perfect for that occasion.  Big thanks to Tammy and Lenny for letting me review this parka.

 

 

 

 

 

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PRODUCT REVIEWS

Follow me here for gun and product reviews. I live on the outskirts of the Nations’ Capital. I guess you could call it suburbs but I have trees, water and wildlife on my property. And I like it like that. I am still in the Old Line State where gun control runs rampant. Even though we have a handgun roster board that restricts hundreds of firearms that can be sold here I try to review firearms and equipment as a urban shooter, outdoorsman and former law enforcement officer might enjoy as I am offered.

Does an urban gun owner have different viewpoint? Yes. For one, we are a growing segment of the gun owning population. We typically have to shoot at indoor ranges instead of open ones. Many of us are security guards, police officers and or military veterans. We usually don’t have family support for shooting. Our churches, mosques and social groups often don’t approve. We shoot in pairs, three if we are social, if not solo. We mostly shoot handguns and slowly venturing out into the rifle market. We have always had a shotgun although rarely was in anything other than home defense. It was usually our first purchase, now destined to collect dust at home.

From this category I hope to share products that I am given to review as a urban shooter. If you like to see something in particular, send me a note and I will hit my friends in the industry and see if anyone can help you. We are a new market. We have always been here but they didn’t know it.

These times they are a changing….

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