Every so often I root around in my gun room and discover stuff that I should have paid more attention to, but for some reason or the other I got derailed. Last year I was going to shoot the Single Stacks — paid my money and everything — but a filming date came up that couldn't be rescheduled so I had to take a pass. Bill Wilson had sent me one of his Rapid Response holsters, a beautiful sharkskin version, to use in the match, so I just set it aside. I wanted to film some more stuff on the Para Retro-GI Bill Laughridge at C&S built for me (which we did today), so I carried a couple of holsters — the super Cedar Ridge dropped-offset GUNSITE holster originally designed by Gordon Davis back in the Dawn of Time to use on the range and, on a whim, the Wilson holster for carry while I was in Arizona.
Man, what a GREAT holster! I didn't even notice the 5-inch 1911 was on my hip. It carried the Para in the perfect position — not too high ride, a common problem, perfect for an easy grip and an excellent presentation. The thumb safety guard makes the holster super comfortable. Bill says this holster isn't quite as concealable as his Lo-Profile or Covert Carry, but I had no trouble concealing this holster under a light jacket...and did I mention it was fast? Nice trick in a concealed carry holster. I can't speak highly enough of the Wilson Combat Rapid Response! I'm gonna get one of these for my Para Carry 9!
On the every important subject of safety, this from Tam at View From the Porch:
...a lot of folks described Todd Jarrett's gun-handling as borderline OCD, with his chamber checks every time he juiced up the gun, and they said it as though it was a bad thing.
When I juice up the gun administratively, I check the chamber. When I pick up a pistol that has been out of my control or observation, such as when I get dressed in the morning, I check the chamber. Now, does that mean that I think that gremlins have sneaked in and unloaded my heater overnight? No it means I check because I always check; this is the purpose behind things like safety checklists for everything from pistols to Piper Cubs to pebble-bed nuclear reactors, you are removing the question of "Do I or don't I?" from the loop. You do. Period.I thought this was interesting because we filed a safety segment with Ed Head at GUNSITE today on this very subject. RULE 1: All guns are always loaded! It touches my hand, it gets checked. Why? Because that is what one does if one has the brains of a hamster...I have seen lots of "unloaded" guns go bang. Well said, Tam.