Privateer Leather

527ab3_16bb578a9b894ac9a2d905a3e7821317I know I’ve written about this company before but you’ll come to see that I come back to companies that I like. No, there’s no pay involved or even an extra nice word about us, I simply do it because I really like their work. That’s the case with Privateer Leather.

Service with this company is fantastic. A few months ago a friend was looking for his first carry holster…without a uniform being involved…so I let him know about Privateer. When I sent Wes (the owner of Privateer Leather) an email telling him that I was sending a 527ab3_b254bd78b93440129ca2f6dba19ad6cefriend his way I had a reply the same day. This wasn’t the only interaction I’ve had with Wes and always got the same fast response. I really appreciate a company that is not only prompt but seems genuinely pleased to hear from customers.

So how’s the quality, you ask? All Privateer holsters and belts are made from Hermann Oak, A-grade, leather (hides from American cows, tanned in St. Louis, Missouri). They use bonded polyester thread, for UV and sweat resistance. Where applicable, Pull-The-Dot one-way snaps are used. The belt buckles are made from solid low-lead brass. Basically, the best hardware and materials available.

Privateer doesn’t use double-stitching, normally, because they use thread that’s considerably heavier than what most other makers use. That makes double-stitching not only difficult but also unnecessary. The exception is that double-stitch is used around the belt tunnels on the avenger-style holsters (and Privateer considers it more for looks than 527ab3_0890f733a387472bb183a6cb5d69d990any need for reinforcement). All of their holsters have a body shield and reinforced mouth as standard features (but will make them without by request).

I have one of their Highwayman models. It is probably their most popular model, according to Wes, and I can see why. I love mine. It stays snug against my hip, it’s built like a Marine LAV-25 fighting vehicle, and comfortable enough for all day carry. To be honest it’s my outside the waistband go-to holster.

gunbeltCarry and dress belts are another great result of the product vision of Privateer Leather. I haven’t had the opportunity to try one out yet so I’ll save comments on them for another time. Visually speaking, they look great and would be a fitting addition to casual or even dress attire.

We can’t end without saying something about their mag carriers. They have all the same sturdy construction as their counterparts with some really cool features. Close your eyes and think for a minute…what’s the one uncomfortable thing about carrying mags (no I’m not talking about weight)? I’m a big guy so for me it’s the bottom corner of the mags digging into my side or the corner of the carrier doing the same thing. Well for those of us with that problem, Wes has a solution. I know we all enjoy the body shield section of a holster…well why not include that on your mag carriers too? Privateer has done just that with their Limpet model. They give you the option of full shield, half, or none. See what I mean below.

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Front of the Limpet model

Of course they have a few other models but this was one with features I just had to share. I do enjoy the FBI cant to the mags but of course I

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Rear of Limpet model

have to be difficult. For me, and this is just my opinion for my body type and carry style, I would like to see them cant slightly to the rear. I think, key word there, think that would give the hand a natural angle to fall onto the magazine. Depending on the angle and carrier tightness, one could simple pull almost straight from there with no issues. Again…my funky opinion dealing with my funky body construction.

I’d like to say that was it…but like all good companies Privateer is always innovating. I heard this morning that I will be getting pictures of a new project in a few weeks. That’s right…new Privateer awesomeness. So go take a look. I don’t intend to give these out to everyone but Privateer has earned the Gundoc Seal of Approval.

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Zimmerman and the Aftermath

Ok, I have to get in on this. I’ve been trying not to but I can’t keep silent any longer. Needless to say, I’m thrilled for Mr Zimmerman. He was a victim of caring about his neighborhood. The man was on the neighborhood watch in a crime ridden area. Did he sit on his couch and, figuratively, give his block the bird? Nope. He made sure he could defend his home and then set out to help others. The man should be commended but instead the President of the United States is speaking out against him.

The media, the president, and the Jesse Jackson crowd have turned this into a racial issue where there wasn’t one. It’s become a “Get Whitie” parade. Has anyone even told999032_447355755372020_1313739665_n these morons that Zimmerman is Hispanic? Is there anyone even attempting to have a little common sense? Not on the left. They even insulted the man by calling him a “white hispanic”. What the hell is that about?

For the worthless left wing, I’ll say this once…so pay attention. This is NOT a racial issue.

Like many of you, I’ve read the comments of the pro-Trayvon¬† protestors. Sorry, but not being a bigot and looking at all people like they are….people….and not a skin color alone is enough. How about you get off your lazy asses and do something with your lives. The only one holding you back is you. You get treated with the respect you EARN.

That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Now, let’s get to the real heart of this issue. This has nothing to do with anything the mainstream media is telling you about. This is a self protection issue, plain and simple. This isn’t about Trayvon or Zimmerman. This is about whether a man has the right to stand up to the crime in his neighborhood, do so within the confines of the law, and if needed protect his life.

Did Zimmerman have the right to patrol his neighborhood? Yes. Did he have the right to carry a gun? Yes. Did he have the right to tell some punk kid to get away from his ZIMMERMAN-SMILING-600x417neighbor’s homes? Yes. Did he have the right to, and was it legal to, shoot a kid bashing in his brains? YES. These are the only issues of this case. It doesn’t matter how much pigment is in anyone’s skin. According to Florida law Zimmerman did absolutely nothing wrong, he never should have been put in jail, and this never should have went to trial.

The fact of the matter is that you have the God given right to protect yourself. This isn’t governed by race, creed, or sexual orientation. None of that crap matters. Every human being deserves the right to defend themselves from harm. They deserve to protect the ones they love or even perfect strangers from harm. When you have a pot-head of any age and any skin color trying to bash your head in…you have the natural right to protect yourself even to the point of bloodshed.

This case is about the right to guard your life. The media portrayed Trayvon as a teenager out for a snack. What they refuse to tell you is that there was THC in his system. That means the kid was either high or had been earlier. We all know that dope does mellow you out….but also makes you paranoid. So we have a paranoid kid trying to stay out of the rain and a well meaning guy too stupid to stay in his car. It’s a recipe for disaster.

When did the advent of civil rights change to mean that because you’re black that you deserve special rights that only the white man doesn’t get? Everything I learned about Martin Luther King said that he wanted men to be judged by WHO they are, not what color their skin is. I think he would roll over in his grave if he knew what was going on today. He wanted the black community to be able to retain dignity as human beings and not be down trodden because of having more pigment in their skin than another man. Having his daughter call the Zimmerman verdict “it’s ’63 all over again”….I think he would be ashamed. He wouldn’t have wanted a guilty verdict on an innocent man simply because the case also included a black kid. I would even go as far as to say that had there been a guilty verdict it would have been a national tragedy for civil rights because if all men don’t have equal civil rights then none of us have them. I would have said that in ’63 and I’m saying it now. If only a privileged class has civil rights then they don’t exists.

Look, do I think Zimmerman did everything right? No. What no one outside of the firearm community realizes it but Zimmerman was being tried in two courts. Both of his peers. One, in a court of law. The other in the eyes of the shooter’s community. As far as how Florida law is written…he did nothing wrong. However, in the court of his shooting peers…he’s guilty of stupidity. We’re just lucky that they haven’t made stupidity illegal…yet.

Let’s do our homework, let’s get training, and know we’re legally in the right if we ever have to defend ourselves. My hope for all of you…is to NEVER need to use your training. Stay safe.

 

“Tactical Man-Bag”

Okay, so here’s one I never thought I’d be writing. It’s not a purse…it’s not a tactical pack…it’s both…RIGHT? Technically I suppose you’re right but it’s all in what’s in themax1 bag. But think of all the mag pouches that can be added to the MOLLE webbing. Think of the new holster you will need for the velcro strip inside the gun pouch. Don’t forget the pocket on top for your shooting glasses. Oh, and camo…yes, we can even have it in camo for the uber-tactical mall ninja hiding in all of us (sarcasm inserted).

It’s kind of like a situation I had in my youth. I went into a porcelain figurine thshop (I know…I know) to get my mother a Christmas present. As I walk in I notice the girl at the checkout counter. Well it IS the checkout counter and she was well worth checking out. Anyway I find a present for my mother and head up to pay for it. The cutie behind the counter finishes her job and I ask her for her number. Her reply, “it’s in the bag”.

Moral to that story is simple. It’s the contents of the bag that counts.

Mine is still an ongoing project. I get out of my wife making fun of me by calling it my “Gym Bag”. Since the only time I get to go to the gym is after the kids are in bed I am always coming out of there after midnight. That means my 1911 is in it’s dgeongproper place in the bag. It’s not a bad part of town, but it’s not great either. So, it’s my gym concealed carry method. I also carry a very sharp knife and flashlight in it. That’s as far as I’ve gotten and why it’s an ongoing project.

However, I have more stories from a friend…sitting across from me editing this weekend’s podcast. His “Tactical Man-Bag” has a first aid kit that he has actually had to use. It was one of those car wreck that happens right in front of you situations. He saved a girl’s life using his Israeli Tourniquet. She had arterial spray coming from her compound fractured leg.

That takes the “Man-Bag” to a whole new level. It’s a trauma kit, it’s a holster, it’s your friend. If nothing else it’s a great thing to keep in your vehicle. You have aleapers_utg_multi_function_tactical_messenger_bag_woodland_digi_camo “Get Me Home From Work” kit to make sure you get to your Bug Out Bag. You can turn this into whatever you need it to be and still have your carry gun and extra mags. Before you dismiss this piece of kit as too girly for you take into account what you would put “in the bag”. So, man up to the Man-Bag, it just may be something that could save your life or that of someone you love.

Changes at Crusader

There is going to be some big unexpected changes around here. They aren’t changes I wanted to make but the time has come to face them.

With the loss of our Senior Trainor just over a month away we’ve had a lot of things to consider. What happens to the training program that he spearheaded? Does it die, here on the Wasatch front, or do we continue to carry the torch.

My decision came after a lot of thought. We still have our Concealed Carry instructor. We can build on that and work our way back into the other courses. In doing so we have the opprotunity to make a lot of improvements.

For starters we will expand on the Concealed Carry concepts. We will be adding three courses to do just that. By summer we will be able to move new and more experienced shooters through CCW courses into our new Defensive Mindset course. From there we’ll get them on the range for Basic CCW Concepts and into Advanced Concealed Carry. These are courses I’ve had on the back burner for a while now. It’s time to roll them out.

We’ll be re-adding our other courses as well. Though George is never truly leaving us (he will still have his promotional duties) I think we would do his memory a disservice to let the courses he spearheaded die out. He trained us, his staff, well. It’s time for us to get some practice in teaching and then bring it back to the public. We’ll be taking a close look at everything while we do. If there’s room for imporvement it will be made before it goes public.

So, while we’re all sadened at the loss of our Senior Trainer, his work will go on.

Utah Permitless Carry

I’ve been following the Constitutional Carry bill here in Utah. Well that’s what it started out as.

In it’s original form it was a bold piece of legislation that made all of us proud. Then came the pressure from the Salt Lake hippies. Before the bill was even contested…I mean there was barely time for the assigned committee to discuss it…and the bill’s author neutered it. The Constitutional Carry portion was reduced to not needing a permit as long as there was no round in the chamber. To carry loaded and ready you still need a permit.

Through my disappointment I completely missed the one good point that was left. You see, if the governor signs this then we don’t get charged charged with disturbing the peace the next time someone spots you carrying and freaks out. We have open carry here but that means little if a scared little sheep reports it. Soon that will no longer be an issue.

Needs better add copy

There’s a sponsor of The Blaze network that I have to say something about and it’s not to one you think. Other than the fact that they advertise on The Blaze I’m not going to use their name. They do some pretty great training in the hand to hand realm. It’s their add I have troubles with.

Here’s the problem. They are trying to inform you that if you are relying on a firearm (not to include extensive training) for your defense along you are a chump. With gun free zones he’s correct. The way they wrote it shows the amature behind the add copy (or script). They are trying to tell you that you need to know how to defend yourself even when you have no other choice than to be without a gun. There are also times when it’s inappropriate to use a firearm.

The way the they say that makes you think that you’re a nut for wanting to arm yourself. They state the fact that they can put the “close range destructive” as a firearm without having to carry one.

Now, the stuff they teach is absolutely devastating. I’ll give them that. The problem with that is that if someone is standing 25ft away spraying the room with a shotgun…your close range destructive force has no meaning. You can’t even reach the enemy so their add copy is miss leading.

It’s my fear that some uninformed person will hear that and say to themselves, “hey, this guy teaches Navy SEALS. I learn that and I will never have use for a gun. Now I know that they aren’t trying to misinform anyone but the neive among us will take that as gospel and end up getting hit in the crossfire.

The fact of the matter is, you need to know and be trained in both. You need to know how to fight or take a beating. Simply because the guy in front of you is a better fighter doesn’t mean you can shoot him. If he poses a threat of death or serious bodily harm…sure, fire away. But if he only means to kick your ass…you’re going to fight better or get your ass kicked.

If you have a choice between an anti gun restaurant, theater, ect or one that simply doesn’t stand in the way of you defending yourself then make a better choice. At the end of the day…you need to know both hand to hand as well as how to fight with a gun. A well rounded defense is the only real defense. Let’s not accedently mislead the public to make a buck though.

CCW Discussion

As a topic of discussion Concealed Carry is a vast topic. Everyone talks about the big issues, hoster choice, EDC pistol, number of magazines carried, and even carry position. I think we miss some of the smaller areas and it’s really a shame. I’d like to post up a couple that have been on my mind and encourage you to reply with other such smaller CCW skills.

Jackets are fantastic for fall and winter. They make concealment a lot easier. Here’s one thing that I make a personal practice that no one talks about. Make sure your jacket has pockets that zip closed. Carry your car keys in the strong side pocket. This gives some weight to that side of the jacket and will give some decent momentum to the corner of the jacket. This makes it easier to toss aside that side of the jacket if you have to draw your weapon.

Another aspect of a jacket or hoody is the pocket itself. I make it a point, every time I get in the Crusader Battlewagon or any vehicle for that matter, to do a quick double check of the pocket. If it has a zip closure, which I recommend for a concealment jacket (for your keys), if it isn’t zipped up and you have to “roll out” it could snag on your arm rest and prevent you from getting out of the vehicle. It’s a “when seconds count” issue. If you have to exit the vehicle in a hurry to deal with an issue (draw fire away from kids in the car, for instance) and the jacket pocket snags on the arm rest….you’re fighting the jacket to get out of the car instead of fighting the enemy.

So, like I said. No one discusses the small things but we should. It’s the small things that can make a big difference when it hits the fan. With the slight rise in mass murder in the US we Sheepdogs need to be able to talk about our readyness level and how to improve reaction times.