Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Blue Light

Blue lights to support the police

Every once in a while I hear an idea that just stops me in my tracks.  Chiefly because it is so wrong.

I just heard (from one source) that people were displaying blue lights on their houses to tell the police that there is a firearm present.  When I advised the person this wasn’t required by state law, I was informed that it will make it safer for police.  How this occurs wasn’t explained to me.

This is at odds to all the websites I visited.  They claim it is to show solidarity with the police.  That makes much more sense to me. 

But having a public indicator that a firearm is present/stored at this location is stupid.
One: It tells criminals that your house is a one stop shop for guns and ammunition.
Two: Any police officer entering a dwelling and doesn’t suspect weapons are present is a fool.
Three: Why would you want to share that information with anyone?

To me this is the stationary version of having a “Driver doesn’t carry more than $50 in ammunition” bumper sticker on your car.  Why ask for trouble?

Yes, feel free to fly a flag, post a sign or light a light to show your support of the police.  But if the promotion is to mark guns, I wouldn’t do it.
You’re free to do it and that’s to my benefit.  They’ll break into your house, not mine.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Knob Creek

The Knob Creek machine gun shoot is coming.
The shoot and show will be April 7, 8 and 9.  If you’ve ever wanted to shoot a full auto .50 BMG, this is your chance.  Would you want to try a Thompson machinegun or maybe an Uzi?  It’s possible.  I remember watching a friend shoot a Gatling gun.  He did it at Knob Creek.  There are other machine gun shoots, but Knob Creek, butted against the back side of Fort Knox, Kentucky, is special.

Besides the rentals there is an excellent gun show where you can find just about any gun part you need.  The days of cheap ammo sales are gone, but you can still buy ammo not found at your local gun show.

Ear protection is a must (even if you just stand near the firing line!) and if you want rent a gun, make sure you have eye protection.  The guns are usually soaking wet with oil and it all sprays back at you.  There have been accidents, even deaths.  So go into it with your eyes open.

The best part might be the night shoot.  Watching the tracers bounce off the ground and float upward is amazing and magical.  And just wait for the guy with the flame thrower to come out.  Oh yes, you can rent a flame thrower.  Even safely in back of the crowd you can feel the waves of heat wash over you and you have to wonder what it’s like for the guy in the reflective suit holding the gun.

So, bring money.  Stack all the money you’re going to bring on a table at home.  Put an identical stack next to it.  Bring both.  In this electronic age of smart phones and universal cell coverage, I’d still trust cash over a credit card.

Knob Creek is a rite of passage. 

Just so you know, it’s crowded.  Maybe evenly dangerously crowded and not a place for children.  I haven’t been back in years, but I would recommend bringing bottled water, food and a couple lawn chairs in the back of your car.  Your day or weekend pass gets you in and out of the gate so it’s possible to return to your car to sit down and have a bite to eat maybe even take a little snooze.  Port-a-johns abound and you’ll want hand sanitizer.  Stick around for the night shoot, but understand you’ll spend hours trying to get out after the show.

And if you have the time, stop off at the Patton Museum in Fort Knox.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Holster for Glock and light
Glock and Ricky's Holster

I recently had a holster custom made by Ricky’s Holsters for my Glock 17 with a Streamlight TLR-1s gunlight.  You can see some of his work and keep up with him at:                

I wanted a basic, boring, black, strong-side holster that would accommodate my Glock and gunlight.  I have over the years discovered I prefer a larger gun with light in the winter’s dark months.  I’m usually in an insulated vest, long coats and gloves, so the larger gun works better.  Toss in reduced hours of daylight and typical cloudy Ohio days and the light becomes an important tool.

Ricky did a nice job with an OWB holster.  The light was the difficult part as Streamlight has changed minor components on the light, but when molding form fitting kydex holsters those changes are significant.  Ricky got them all ironed out for me.

Ricky's holsters
Yeah, it's big, but with gloves and heavy coat this really works for me.

I prefer an IWB (in-the-waistband) holster, but the added bulk of the light and my request for an FBI cant made an IWB holster impossibly large to wear.

It took a few practice draws to feel comfortable removing the gun and light and just a couple more to feel confident with re-holstering.  But Ricky is a shooter and uses his experience to fabricate a great holster.

Don’t let the “tactical black” syndrome turn you off.  Ricky works with a variety of kydex colors, patterns and thickness.

I can move the belt loops down to raise the holster or replace them for a wider belt.

I also use this holster for matches both concealed and open.  (Play as you carry.) It’s as comfortable as any other holster for a Glock 17.  I had no trouble drawing from concealment under the clock.

If you’re looking for a holster, plain Jane or sassy Sara, contact Ricky and see what he can do for you.