My goal is to get through the match without overtly humiliating myself!
My CCW is expiring in a couple of weeks, and Boulder County's policy is to make it as hard as possible to renew. You've got to fill out the complete form again, get a notarized affidavit that you haven't forgotten how to shoot in the last three years, then hand-deliver the renewal request, along with a money order/certified check to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and a check for the Boulder Sheriff's Office, to the Sheriff's Office. Jeez...when I asked whether there was a "grace period" where my expired CCW would still be valid until the new permit was issued, the response was a terse, "Can't you just not carry a gun for a few days?"
Depends on whether or not I fall into the RHINO DOOKEY during those few days! Hell, I could be set upon by enraged Forest Rangers...oh, that's right...they're unarmed! I suppose they could pummel me with branches, or, worse, make me listen to them sing "Kumbaya."
I hooked back up with C. Rusty Sherrick, holster-maker extraordinaire, who's making me a couple of holsters. One is for the Ugliest Gun in the World, my 1917 S&W .45 ACP revolver fitted with a 6-inch 1955 S&W Target barrel. The barrel has a ramp...the frame doesn't. It's butt-ugly and hard-chromed to boot. It also shoots as well as any big frame Smith I've ever shot. And I've shot a bunch of 'em! My father had it for years, but I was able to spirit it back home recently after he let some idiot stuff a .44 Special in it and touch it off. I have this fantasy that one of these days I'll get Hamilton Bowen to pull the barrel and machine it to look like it was designed for the frame...of course, I had an adjustable sight machined into the frame (yes, I'm going to OLD GUN KILLER HELL! I didn't know no better!!!). Besides, I already owe Hamilton Bowen 'way too much money...he could get a second mortgage on my house...
The other holster is one of his really cool crossdraw flap holsters for my Ruger Blackhawks:
Big John's Half Flap CrossdrawRusty does beautiful beautiful work. You're going to have to wait for it (I'm at about 5 months), but it's worth it. Check out his Thinman IWB, desinged by my pal Tom Givens, which looks to me like the only IWB that can hold a candle to Lou Alessi's magnificent IWB holster. BTW, I had an amazing conversation with Rusty about chaos at the Edges of the Known Universe. Not only is he one heck of a holster-maker, but he's a wise man!
Named and created for pistol aficionado extraordinaire Big John. A heavy duty crossdraw designed to handle the big guns. A half flap with a one way snap will keep the gun in the holster. Ideal for horseback and tree stands. Made from horsehide so you get a very tough holster yet light in weight.