Stealth Holster, & “Hidden” Water

by David Morris on November 3, 2011

Welcome to this week’s Urban Survival Newsletter.  This week, I’m going to tell you about a great concealment holster, as well as some ways to find “hidden” water on a large scale.

But first, recently I told you about a Maryland doctor’s radical retirement plan and got positive feedback, so I thought I’d mention it again.  It’s no secret that far too many people face dramatic financial pressures today.  So a plan that allows you to retire comfortably with as little as $10,000 in savings could be the answer.  It may not be right for everyone, but this 5-step plan could be perfect for you. See the full details here:

On with this week’s issue…

A few months ago, I ran across a concealment holster called the “Stealth Holster” at It’s an ambidextrous In Waist Band (IWB) holster-belt that will hold either 2 sidearms or a sidearm and a spare mag or other items. Think of it like a combination between a belly band holster and a hidden money belt that many people use when traveling.

Personally, it’s impossible for me to talk about the Stealth Holster without talking about the Smart Carry Holster, which is a very similar design. You might remember that I’ve been a HUGE fan of the Smart Carry Holster for a few years now, which I got based on Tim Schmidt’s recommendation back, I believe, in 2005. It’s been my daily carry holster since then MOST of the time. I have a couple of alternates that I use occasionally, but the Smart Carry Holster has been my go-to concealment holster.

The one downside of the Smart Carry Holster has been that was a little rough to wear and I actually had to build up callouses for it to be comfortable. The few times when I spent extended periods traveling to places where I couldn’t carry or was testing other holsters, I had to re-build up the callouses when I started wearing the Smart Carry Holster again. Even so, I consciously chose it over all of my other holsters on a daily basis—it was that good.

Back to the Stealth Holster…Let me tell you how it works and why (in addition to being pain-free) it has become my favorite concealment holster.

In short, the Stealth Holster is a belt with a velcro closure that has 2 pockets for you to put firearms/accessories in. You wear it inside of your pants…inside or outside

Stealth Holster (Bottom) Compared To Smart Carry Holster (Top)

of your shirt, above or below the waist band using abdomen, cross-draw, appendix, or 3 o’clock carry. In addition to the flexibility, there are several advantages to this design:


  • The weight of your firearm(s) and magazine is supported by the Stealth Holster belt and not by your pants. This means that you can wear almost anything…from jeans with a gun belt to loose gym shorts and still carry your sidearm.
  • If you have to sit down in a restroom, you don’t have to figure out what to do with your holster & sidearm…it just stays on your waist, or you can hike it up to your ribs.
  • Although there are disadvantages to having to draw your magazine across the centerline of your body, having your spare mag and firearm together on the same side of your body allows you to have 1 lump instead of two around your waistband. This is particularly good if you carry a double-stack firearm.

Personally, I wear the holster so that my sidearm (a Glock 27 sub-compact, which is a double-stack .40 semi-automatic) is in the exact same 3 o’clock position that it is in if I’m wearing an outside-waist-band holster…with the grip of the firearm just above my waistband. Some people wear it below the waist band lined up with their belly button, but that just doesn’t work for me. I have tried appendix carry and cross draw, and will occasionally switch to cross draw on long road trips, but my typical carry is at the 3 o’clock position on my right hip so that my concealed draw is as close as possible to my open carry draw.

One feature of the Stealth Holster that is VERY neat is that it has a form of retention that no other belly/appendix holster that I’ve worn can match. When you put on the belt snugly, yet comfortably, it squeezes the front and back sides of the holster together…not so tight that you can’t get your sidearm out, but tight enough that you can hold the holster upside down without your sidearm falling out. As a note, I’ve tried doing handstand pushups while wearing the holster and you have to have it uncomfortably tight to be able to have upside down retention.  So just because it’s possible to retain a firearm with the holster upside down doesn’t mean that you’ll actually want to.

When I have the holster tightened to comfortable tightness I’m still able to do burpies, roll around some on the ground, throw a few kicks, do calisthenics, and jog across an intersection without my firearm coming loose. It should be obvious that you should try these activities yourself, at home, with an unloaded firearm and that my experience and even your testing won’t guarantee that you’ll always have the same experience, so always be responsible and mindful of your firearm.

A couple more benefits of this holster, as well as a couple of issues…

The fabric is waterproof, breathable, and machine washable. It’s also ambidextrous…which proves to be both a benefit and a drawback for me. The 2nd pouch on my Smart Carry Holster was shaped to hold a spare magazine…not a spare gun or for left handed carry. What I’ve done is carry a spare full size Glock mag in the 2nd pouch, just like I did with the Smart Carry Holster. It does move around

Stealth Holster in 3 o'clock position

some, and I’d prefer that it was secured better, but it hasn’t been a problem.


The second issue, which is common to almost all IWB holsters is mechanical retention. There isn’t any. I’d LOVE it if there was a way to have Serpa-like retention…or even shaped leather holster retention on the Stealth Holster, but that isn’t an option at this time.  My Smart Carry Holster provides more of a snug fit when the holster is lying on the floorboard or seat of a car, but the Stealth Carry Holster has slightly better retention when I’m actually wearing it.  This is just a matter of knowing the strengths and weaknesses of a particular holster and avoiding situations that exploit the weaknesses.

I mentioned how flexible this holster is…I regularly wear it with shorts and an untucked t-shirt without any issues. I also wear it with jeans/slacks and a tucked in shirt. Since it is a double-stack semi-auto, I have to blouse my shirt some to hide the bulge, but not unnaturally so.

As with any IWB (inside waist band) holster, your choice of clothing makes all the difference. It varies from brand to brand, but I normally need to buy pants/shorts that are 2-4 inches bigger than what I’d wear without carrying IWB. Shirts are also somewhat of a challenge…especially casual ones. I’m kind of old school and prefer tighter jeans and tighter t-shirts. Not skin tight, but not so big that they’ll fall off or look like I bought the wrong size either. My chest is bigger than my waist, so as long as my t-shirts are long enough, I don’t have any trouble concealing my sidearm…even when bending over. If your waist is larger than your chest, you’ll want to make sure that your shirts are a little loose around the waist so that your sidearm doesn’t print through your shirt.

In any case, if you carry a concealed firearm, this is a great holster to try. You might be wondering what I use when I’m not wearing my Stealth Holster. I’ve got a BIG Rubbermaid container full of holsters—pocket holsters, ankle holsters, fanny packs, concealment/holster garments, etc. After trying several different methods of carry and range testing them, I’ve settled on a few that I use on a regular basis. For my Glocks, I wear a Don Hume IWB leather holster. For my 1911s, I wear a CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe. I wear all of these on my right hip at 3 o’clock. When IWB isn’t possible or practical, I wear a compression shirt holster from A Better Holster. When I’m biking on the street to get from place to place (not for exercise), I use a fanny pack holster.

When you check out Stealth Holster, I’d love it if you tell them where you heard about them.

Do you carry concealed? Do you have any experience with the Stealth Holster? Do you have another favorite concealment holster that works better for your body type? Please share your thoughts and experience by commenting below.


Creating water out of nothing…


Water is one of the biggest things that you need to consider in a survival situation, and I want to share a few thoughts that I’ve had on things that can be done on a city/regional level to increase the amount of water that’s available in drought situations. These are measures that can be taken both now and in a grid-down survival situation.

First, the effect of plumbing leaks are incredible. In Austin, Texas, there is a plumbing company offering to replace up to 1,000 leaky toilet flappers for free. At a water savings of 10-100 gallons per toilet per day, this amounts to a savings of somewhere between 300,000 and 3,000,000 gallons per month. Some places may be able to absorb that kind of waste, but Austin is in what many consider to be the 11th year of a drought that is expected to last at least another year.  There are several plumbing items like this…one of them is planning on wasting water flushing toilets in a disaster situation.  I realize that there are some instances where this is a necessity, but most people who I’ve talked with about keeping water on hand for flushing toilets are planning on using several gallons per day to accomplish the same thing that they could accomplish with a shovel and a little sweat.

Another Texas water creation story comes from ranches in the Hill Country of Texas. Several years ago, a friend of mine would buy up ranches that had lots of juniper trees (mountain cedar) and seasonal springs. He’d then clear out all of the cedars which would increase water flow considerably and in many cases cause the springs to become year round springs. Then, he’d sell them for a profit since land with running water is generally worth more than land with a dry creek bed.

The last paragraph will surely bring up a lot of debate…getting rid of cedar trees was shown to free up 35,000 gallons of water per year per acre in one Central Texas study referenced here: (I am unable to find the original study). The issue that complicates the whole matter is that while cedar trees use up to 33 gallons per tree per day, they don’t use up that much more than other plants and the water “savings” only remains in effect as long as the cedars aren’t replaced by high demand grasses or other trees.

Regardless…I do see situations where people sitting on 10-40 acres and a seasonal spring may want to clear out cedar to increase available groundwater…even if it’s only for a few years to fill a tank or get through a rough patch.

Third is lawn watering. I’m always amazed when I have lived in or visited arid/high mountain desert communities at the amount of grass that people have planted. It’s not uncommon for people with .2 acre yards to use 15,000-30,000 gallons of water per month to keep their lawn looking green. In areas where the primary grasses die after 7-14 days without water instead of going dormant, it becomes a choice between 2 evils during extended droughts…spend money on water or spend money on replacing your lawn.

This is why, in many cities across the country, people are turning to “rock gardens”, “wood chip gardens”, xeriscaping, and planting edible native drought resistant plants in their yards. In some cases, people are making the change because they want to conserve water. In other cases, they’ve just decided that it’s too much hassle trying to make grass grow and stay green when nature seems to have other plans. Still, in other cases, it’s because droughts have caused watering restrictions, dead lawns, and people want to “plant” rocks once rather than spending so much time and money on grass.

What are your thoughts on water and strategies to make more water available for drinking and irrigation? What about grey water recycling? Any thoughts on legislating water conservation vs. personal liberty? Where does my right to spend as much as I want on water intersect with other people wanting water to drink? Are stepped up prices the answer (the more you use, the more you pay per gallon) or something else? Share your thoughts by commenting below:

Finally, it’s time to change your clocks this weekend. In addition to using this weekend to change clocks and change batteries in our smoke and CO detectors, we also use it as a time to change the contents of the 72 hour kits in our cars according to the season, update our inventory of supplies, check and replace the worn out/expired items in our kits, etc. I encourage you to do the same thing every time you change your clocks.

Until next week, God bless and stay safe!


David Morris








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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1SCWolverine
November 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

The Best IWB holster is the Super-Tuck Deluxe from Crossbreed Holsters. period.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

Hey Wolverine,

While I agree that the SuperTuck Deluxe is great, I don’t think that there is a single “best” IWB holster for all body types and dress factors. As an example, I can wear my Stealth Holster and Smart Carry Holster while wearing gym shorts…can’t do that with my SuperTuck Deluxe 🙂 There’s also the additional benefit with the Stealth and Smart Carry holsters that you can carry a spare mag without taking up a pocket. I still use and love my SuperTuck Deluxe…it’s just not the best holster for me all the time.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Graham
November 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

David, I believe it’s just about being reasonable and responsible. Do the super rich have some divine right to consume more than they need?
Some may argue “it’s my money and i’ll do the hell what I want with it”… Of course they can, and why not? ….But why?
That’s not in natural law, same as when foraging berries or whatever – we (that’s my family and I) COULD strip and take every last berry, take too much and many will go bad.
I always say we’ll just take what we need and leave the rest for the birds (or other humans – but most pass by are asking “what are you picking?” – or “are you sure they’re not poisonous?” – as they are that stupid I usually reply “I hope not, not too sure” – to keep em away)

Killing the trees – well that’s ludicrous in my opinion – all to collect some numbers ($$$), after all, that’s all money is just numbers written on a bit of paper.

I’ll apply the same logic to people who insist on living in arid areas to starving africans who keep having more and more babies when theres no food. (especially in the US – when there’s so many [non-arid] places to settle)


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Elizabeth
November 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I have run into that too with people wanting to know what I was picking and asking is if it was safe, annoying as heck. Why do some people think everyone else is stupid? As for people having more children in places like Africa it’s a matter of education as well as the unfortunate fact they hope for at least one to survive to carry on the family bloodline. Most of the starvation is man made due to the political situation. They are shipped food and supplies but those shipments never reach they’re intended destinations. Kind of similar to people in this country the aid is there but it gets diverted. Somehow the government never seems to realize all these so called abuses or hides the agencies set up to help people. Frankly I see people that really need assistance never get it, either because they don’t fit the definitions or because they can’t find or access it.


Vote -1 Vote +1walt
November 8, 2011 at 7:45 am

On of the things that bothers me about starving african kids is that that is the way it has been since there was kids in africa. There has always been all kinds of disease and drought. The mortality rate is insanely low [high]. If people there didn’t have so many kids the population would die out.

A friend of mine was a missionary in Tunisesia and watched a water project go in. A well was dug, the pump was installed and powered, and water pipe was installed. Everything that went in the ground was stolen by the villagers and on the big day the pump was turned on and water bubled out of the ground a foot from the well. and that was it.

You can’t fix it It is sad but it just is.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mark
November 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

If we let the true market prices of living in certain areas manifest itself, then the problems would not grow so acute.

For instance city water is very cheap in Los Angeles, yet it is brought in at great expense from long distances. So the millions of local residents have no monetary incentive to conserve. I think about this every time I flush my state-mandated “water efficient” toilet an extra time to help it clear.

Rather than mandate specific toilet features and ticket people for watering their lawns on certain days of the week, the free-market solution would be to let water prices rise until people start feeling the pain and voluntarily cut back.

Seems simple to me. But since when have you heard of a bureaucrat vote for simple.


Vote -1 Vote +1shirley
November 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Grahm, I’m from Texas and here we just call them “Cedars” because we are letting people know that we do not recognize them as Trees. They are weeds. We love trees, but they are different. They come under the same description of a weed. They look like an evergreen tree, but they do more harm than good to other living things. They make a lot of people miserable here as their pollen, which comes out with the cold temperature, is highly toxic to our sinus and lungs. To make matters worse, they consume lots of precious water here and during extreme drought, combust into fire. Like weeds, they spread like wildfire! To make matters worse, I understand that a special permit from the courthouse, which costs money, is necessary to remove these highly toxic “weeds” even from your own land, which explains why they are still here. They are not native to Texas but were brought here from another place before people knew of the misery they are responsible for. The only two things I know they are good for are: 1. The wood is chipped into a mulch to spread around bushes. I think insects tend to stay away from them, also. 2. The bigger pieces of wood is made into the insides of “Cedar Chests”, and such, to keep moths and insects from blankets and clothes. You cannot put plastic items in “Cedar Chests” therefore, as the strong smell of “Cedar” eats through it. I, we all, wish they were not here.
On the other subject you talked about, I can see a correlation. The poor people of anywhere are where they were placed at birth and cannot see anywhere else to be as they do not have much energy, money, or time (no money for transportation) to go somewhere else to take a chance that it is a better place.When desperate people have time to relax a bit, sex is very inviting. Being poor and not book-educated much, they would, of course, become weary and anxious to feel better. They do not always see too far down the road. We, who can, should help them how we can, and the best way may be to pray for them and their babies. The next best thing would be to donate to a charity for them that is run by good people. When some of us are down we may need a little assistance. Needing a little assistance does not make us “weeds”. We are people, even the “Down-trodden”. The closest thing people can become to being “weeds”, are evil people who take advantage of people who need assistance.
In closing, I will say: There are 3 things I can get out of this as a conclusion. 1. Be prepared. If you, or you children, are in the reproductive years, have in your kits some contraception. Many babies were conceived during the big blackouts in this country and others. We are always blessed with each baby, but, at this time, maybe we should have some forethought and have some more road ahead of us. 2. We should be aware that after an emergency, we need to watch out for people who will try to steal what we have left, and scam us because we need to hope things will be fixed soon and fast. 3. This is why we should be Thankful each day and this Thanksgiving Day. We do have it good here even if disasters come. Happy Thanksgiving!


-1 Vote -1 Vote +1MissArleen
November 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Sorry Shirley, my other comment was meant for Graham…I don’t know how I selected “reply” down so low from my intended target except that my dogs were crowding me when i was at my keyboard!


Vote -1 Vote +1MissArleen
November 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I think I would only apply the phrase “killing trees” when trees are truly being wasted. In my opinion, pulling some trees out to free up water is not waste but wise. I don’t believe in saving every tree in existence, that’s not practical- but I also hate it when a company buys a large chunk of tree-rich land and strips it almost clean so it can build lots of homes. There’s a balance in everything, and it’s important to weigh decisions like removing trees carefully because they take years to replace, but it should certainly not be prohibitive.


Vote -1 Vote +1Denise
November 4, 2011 at 9:21 am

A viable option in most suburban situations is to dig your own shallow well for emergency and irrigation purposes. My family has gone this route for the past 40 years whenever we’re mandated to use “city water”, no matter where we live. It’s a u-do-it project that I highly recommend and while you’re at it, obtain a heavy-duty hand pump for use with the well when power is out.


Vote -1 Vote +1Elizabeth
November 4, 2011 at 4:17 pm

and hope your neighbors aren’t the type to spy on you, I’ve seen that way too often. Tattleing to make themselves look like contscenctious and law abiding people. If these is enough ground water in an area that is a viable option but is not always the case. I have heard enough stories of neighborhood associations to know how abusive it can get.


-1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
November 4, 2011 at 9:25 am

I have been complaining to my wife and family for years . That this country should design a system of distribution for water . Conserve and take it from areas that have abundant snow or rain to fill lakes , dams and distribute it to states that are in need . I live in Washington State and we have great rain control system , but still have floods during the heavy rain with snow melt . Just below us California has dry lakes that used to be large sources of water for southern California .


+7 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 4, 2011 at 9:39 am

Well…being a fan of personal responsibility and limited government, I don’t think “this country” should do anything. 🙂

If, on the other hand, there is a free enterprise solution that will take care of the problem, than that’s great.

One of the big hurdles that I see is that people buy arid land, in part, because it’s less expensive than land with plentiful water. Once they move into their land that doesn’t have enough water to support crops, life, etc., they try to legislate water away from people who paid extra money to live in an area that DOES have plentiful water in the first place at prices that are less than what it would be in a free market. I see this as a thinly veiled redistribution of wealth and an example of the socialization/communization (I think I just made that word up) of America.


Vote -1 Vote +1shirley
November 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm

David, I hope you reconsider this thought. I know my husband and I live in Texas, not because the land cost less than in our home state, Indiana, but because we are “temperaature sensitive” as my doctor says. We probably paid more for our home here than what we had ever paid in Indiana, but we could not tolerate the cold there, anymore. What is one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. But, no land on this planet is perfect. Only the land in God’s country is perfect. And, we cannot live there if we are used to pointing fingers here. That includes the seniero that people live somewhere that you would never live because of any other reason. Have a heart. I know you have one. You just were not thinking. I’ve been in your group long enough to know that. About the government, iI look at it as an entity that is simply to serve us. We just need to get more involved and work our end of it. But, I do feel your idea is very worthwhile. The government, at any level, could ask for business to bid on things like a pipeline from areas that have floods no matter what, and pipe it to land where the extreme weather is taking water from land. We have never had such a drought here in the history of Texas. We should all want to assist each other, especially now. Thank you, David. I appreciate all you do. I hope this problem gets the attention of our congress men and women, very soon, or all of us will be in jepoardy of loosing things like food from our country. Our ranchers and citrus growers are in pain, as we all are. We need prayers and action.


Vote -1 Vote +1shirley
November 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Jerry, I agree. I have emailed my congressman about doing this very thing that you talk about. They did it successfully with the oil pipelined from Alaska! I am talking about it to everyone here in Texas, even my doctor. Spread the word, Jerry, and everyone. Then email it to your congressmen/women. They won’t hear us until we keep repeating it and get many others to voice this. It seems we have to say “They did it successfully with the oil pipeline from Alaska” as well as the idea. Howevery, I like what you said about the state of Washington having flood devices in place, but, still, there is a need to get rid of the extra flood water at times. I think if we get all 3 or 4 ideas in place we can spread the word and ask people who ar favorable to this idea to email congress people and whoever else. I feel we do not have a lot of time to waste. We need a lot of people to voice the urgency of this. It, surely, will produce a lot of jobs, as well! Thank you, Jerry! I didn’t think of bringing it up to David Morrison’s Preppers group, but it is the ideal place to start. We need our government, in any capacity, to help us with this. It is too big, otherwise. But they will not listen to just a few. We need everyone to get in on this. It is very important for us all. Thanks.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David
November 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

Have you looked or tried the Crossbreed Holster. I have 1 that I can carry my xdm .40 . Its is one if not the most comfortable and concealable holster I have worn. Check out there web site. They offer a full tuck. It work! Keep up the good work really useful info, Thanks David T.


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 4, 2011 at 9:32 am

Yup…I even mentioned it in my paragraph above about other holsters I use on a regular basis 🙂


Vote -1 Vote +1Shayne
November 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

Thanks for the article about holsters! It’s always tough finding good, functional and comfortable holsters. I also carry a sub compact Glock 27 and the holster that’s been my favorite for a few years now is a Blackhawk leather IWB holster:,1151,1418.htm

I do like the idea of having the weight of the weapon not dragging down on the pants and belt as well as having it be fully ambidextrous and incorporating a solution for carrying spare mags.


Vote -1 Vote +1Kaytee
November 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

Re: lawn– haven’t had one for years, due to S Calif multi-year drought conditions. Have raised beds,with heavily amended soil with both food and ornamental plants. Have the sidewalk “strip” graveled, and the non-bed areas of the lawn covered with bark chips; ornamentals are mostly succulents and other “drought tolerant” plants.
Re: “gray water”– not legal to use in our area, and it’s a real mess trying to collect from the washing machine because of the way it had to be installed…. We are collecting rain water (what there is…), and when we installed new gutters a couple of months ago, also installed 3 55gal barrels and a 75gal tank for collecting from the down spouts.
Re:legislation vs personal liberty– most urban water is supplied via city owned “authorities”; they don’t seem to have any problems raising rates when their costs go up, so all they need to do is raise their “top tier” rates (anything over what is considered basic needs). Apts and some public buildings might need to get “creative” in encouraging conservation, but anybody paying an individual bill should have a choice of how to spend their money and tokeep up their home value (and may be required by certain communities to maintain a lawn). The water authorities also have the ability to turn off the water– maybe not permission in the US, but when we lived in Japan, that is what the local water supplier did during a drought (12 hours on/12 hours off). Saying reduce use or face a shut-off after X hcfs should be possible now that they’ve installed digital meters….


Vote -1 Vote +1Elizabeth
November 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm

and watch the people howl if the government tried to impliment that! Maybe it might wake up a few more people to what is actually going on, maybe.


Vote -1 Vote +1shirley
November 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Just a suggestion, Kaytee, and anyone else going to use rainwater from the roof for anything. Roof materials have chemicals in, and on, them. Restrict how you use that water and you might think of filtering it through cloth, first, to make it better water. Excellent idea, otherwise.


Vote -1 Vote +1Graywolf
November 17, 2011 at 9:01 am

The collection of rain water Is a good idea EXCEPT it is illegal in some areas! The progressives think of all ways to screw up good ideas. Another non-native water hog here in Texas is the Mesquite. I have long suggested that prisoners in county jails be used to remove the Mesquite and Cedars from state and private property as a way to increase water flow and availability. How many large parking lots are used at less than 60% of capacity? There could be areas where the water could be allowed to enter the soil rather than run off. My delete key will not work. sorry
bter the soil rather than run off.


Vote -1 Vote +1marcie
November 4, 2011 at 9:54 am
Vote -1 Vote +1Mike
November 4, 2011 at 9:54 am

I am a relatively new subscriber. So far, I love what I have been reading. Keep up the great work.

With regard to concealed carry holsters, I like the Crossbread Super Tuck for my Glock 23. It is without a doubt the most comfortable IWB that I have ever worn. Additionally, to keep the additional bulge from sight, I carry a spare mag in my front left pocket indexed so that if needed, all I have to do is reach in and grab it. Yes, it does take practice to get “it” right, but it takes away one of the issues of having both the gun and the mag on the same side. Just a thought.

With regard to Juniper trees, I live in an area that supposedly has the second largest Juniper forest in the world. I can tell you that they take an inordinant amount of available water. They will take all that is left to them. I have seen where people have cleared acres of Juniper and turned it into productive land, where prior, it wouldn’t support a thing. Although Junipers are each unique and some amazingly so, I have no problem clear cutting them for the water saving.


-1 Vote -1 Vote +1Elizabeth
November 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm

You may have a point I spent time in Oregon’s high desert and the amount of juniper tress is astonishing.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Patrick
November 4, 2011 at 10:03 am

I typically use a shoulder holster. My wife made a similar IWB holster from scrap materials and elastic, 4″ wide, this fits service, compact & sub-compacts.
Our hunting shack sleeps 10-14 comfortably with one out house[far away from the shack] plus one bucket for P and another for poop near the shack, emergency or general use. The P, rain runoff & sink water is sent via small tubes to the garden/flower area and the poop/scraps are buried in a pit near the out house. No well on property so I have a filtered 1000 gallon water collection system which we carbon filter for drinking water, shower [cold water unless the sun is shining through]
Land here in outlying areas sell for 5-8K$ per acre and typically has zero water or sell able timber on property. So no go there!
We conserve water in town by not using it for grass. Occasionally we water the flowers heavily and water the food garden every third day 1/2 inch coverage regardless of rain which has been less and less every year. Our society wastes too much drinkable water. Our city has a fee per 1K gallons used, the fee has increased 10 cents per unit for the past few years.
Thanks for the info – Stay sharp, watch your corner and live long.


Vote -1 Vote +1Cindy M
November 4, 2011 at 10:10 am

My husband and I lucked out on water- we live next door to a 10 acre bog and the water table here isvery good. Which brings me to question- if we put in a small pond on our land ( also 10 acres), would this incease our property value?


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1gil
November 4, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Cindy, this is a good idea if your idea is to have an emergency water supply, but whenever you create a permanent water facility on your land, you fall under jurisdication of the EPA and Corps of Engineers. if you ever want to do something with this land, you’ll go through heck trying to get a permit to improvie YOUR land.

for what it’s worth.


Vote -1 Vote +1Christopher
November 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

O the matter of Holsters: In my over 25 years as LE I have seen a lot of holsters come and go. While I am currently using the Super Tuck for concealed carry there are many times when other holsters work as well or better depending on clothing type of gun carried physical activity etc.. For me having a variety on hand works best instead of having just one or two.
On the matter of water conservation /waste disposal: here is an option few seem to know about This disposal system is designed to dispose of dog wastes but will work just as completely with human waste. I have used it for the dogs for many years and it works great! Better yet you don’t have to purchase the syatem at all… you can do the same thing by cutting the bottom out of a plastic bucket (with Lid) and buring deep enough so that just the lid is operable. The Waste digester is extremely cheap and lasts a very long time. It does require liquid to work but urine would do in the case one wants to recycle grey water..


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Hermen
November 4, 2011 at 10:51 am

Watering a lawn when water is scarce, then burning gas to cut the grass which you then throw away, while using up your valuable time just seems stupid. Also check out composting toilets. Don’t need water, no odour and you turn your waste into a valuable product that you can use on your own land rather than pumping it away to become a disposal problem elsewhere. Use what water you buy and keep it on your own land. Don’t pay someone to take your used water.


Vote -1 Vote +1Kaytee
November 11, 2011 at 9:01 am

I agree with you that using water for a lawn is rather a waste in drought conditions, however, you don’t need to “burn gas” to cut it. Use a reel mower– then you can eliminate time/money spent at a gym and it doesn’t pollute the air, either.
Lawns do have advantages, beyond compliance with certain HOA rules: they help keep the house cool, produce oxygen/absorb pollution, and if you get and maintain the right type, make great play areas for kids and pets.
Gravel and hardscaping tend to absorb and reflect heat towards the house; bare dirt has dust and erosion problems; most hardscaping also prevents water from being absorbed by the ground. We use bark chips, on top of landscaping fabric, for what “front lawn” area we didn’t convert into raised beds. The bark chips do break down over time, but you can just dump more on top when the layer gets thin. Also, pine cones and fallen leaves “blend” rather well, and so don’t need constant effort to keep the “non-lawn” reasonably neat.
Eventually, we want to replace the driveway and the cemented area of the back yard (both of which are cracking any way) with some sort of brick/block that allows water to pass through and be absorbed, instead of having it run off. We did a lot of work on the house this year (paid cash), figuring it was a better investment than bank accounts, stocks or bonds…. Will probably continue to do so, when we have the money for it.


Vote -1 Vote +1Sammy Ceh
December 29, 2011 at 10:56 am

On the subject of lawns & mowing. Does anyone know how much fuel P/year it takes to mow grass each year in the U.S.?


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Art Miller
November 4, 2011 at 10:55 am

I live in a small Florida county which is blessed with 30 named springs, including 3 first magnitude springs, averaging 787 million gallons of pure water per day, flowing into Gulf of Mexico. Population of county is 120,000, so daily usage of 20 gal/person/day is 2.4 million gallons per day, leaving 784,600,000 gallons for the Gulf. Oh yes, Gulf itself also has countless springs furnishing freshwater from the aquifer. In spite of this, County passed an ordinance mandating abandonment of private wells and connection to a central water system, wherever a system exists, within 365 days of notice to connect. County commission simply wants control of its citizens and ignores howls of protest from citizens who are quite content with their own independent private wells. Nevermind liberty, freedom and individual property rights when tyrants take over county commission.


Vote -1 Vote +1shirley
November 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Dear Art, I hope all of you use the time left to get together and become a constructive group to better the information and save the water you have, however you can. Water is precious. They have perspectives and so do you. They gave you a great extension to be fair. That is a good sign. Good Luck on however you all decide.


+5 Vote -1 Vote +1milt
November 4, 2011 at 11:03 am

Only one problem with outside conservation in municipalities… A New Mexico city pushed xeriscaping and those who did it to save water and MONEY were rewarded by increased fees on less water use because of course no government employee can be discharged and so to meet “expenses” rates were raised.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Elizabeth
November 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The irony of it all. tongue planted firmly in check. Of course they would argue that they need to provide jobs to the community. Disregarding the fact that if people provided their own needs we would need to buy less and would be better off. Then there would be no need for all the government systems and population would be more self regulating in my opinion, but then what would all the politicians do for jobs.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
November 4, 2011 at 11:40 am

I live in an area where the ground is predominately sand. This makes for great drainage but not good water retention. When trying to grow a garden this can become a very real problem. The other problem is that we have a well that supplies all our water – no reliance on the city/county water supply – but reliance on the electric grid, at least for now. The best thing I have done is to set up rain barrels at two corners of the house. This provides me with a couple hundred gals. of water for use in the garden, flushing toilets, or what have you should we experience an electrical outtage. Supplementing the soil in the garden area helps with moisture retention and the addition of the rain barrels means we can save the well water for all the cooking and drinking needs.


Vote -1 Vote +1Kaytee
November 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

We have the opposite problem– clay/adobe type soil. The compost helps that, too, though. Raised beds seem to work the best, since any excess water can drain through cracks in the blocks used to form the beds. Square Foot Gardening recommends adding in peat moss and coarse vermiculite (along with compost) for optimal soil.


Vote -1 Vote +1Gloria Jacobsen
November 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I would not cut down trees to get water. Trees help keep the moisture in the area and also give you shade and wind shelter. I live in the desert and trees are planted to help retain the moisture and the soil from shifting and blowing. You can however dig and make a shallow area and gather the water in that area from the dripping that is caused by the dew drops or rain. If you plant the vegetables and herbs under the trees and plant no grass and make it layered then you are harvesting the use of the trees without cutting them down. AND where you see trees along the way and there doesn’t appear to be any water think again, trees grow where there is water sources deep below….That is where I live anyway.

Interesting posting about the holsters thank you.


Vote -1 Vote +1Elizabeth
November 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm

actually planting mushrooms would be a better solution then trees, I watched a presentation on TED by a microbiologist about the value of mushrooms for the soil and human benefits fascinating. I currently don’t have a sidearm and am looking into getting one my priorities are still at the food and water stage but value the info in advance about all of it. don’t know squat about holsters so was gratefull to see it here. Does anyone know enough to advise about what to get for a person with strong and long hands and not so strong arms?


Vote -1 Vote +1Ernest
November 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Glock is the weapon I would suggest because they are light weight which would be best in weak arm situation. The double stack magazine takes long fingers to wrap around it. Stick with 9mm less recoil.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
November 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Cutting down trees to get more water just adds to the overall situation. It’s one big recycling process. Trees clean the air reduce blowing sands/dust/dirt retaining the moisture in the air which brings back the rain. Cut off your nose to spite your face type of thing. Amazing!


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Like I said, it’s a controversial topic 🙂


Vote -1 Vote +1gil
November 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm

we live in northern co and in peak summer, i use 125k gallons of water a month on the orchard, acre of garden, windbreak, lawn etc. the only reason i still do it is because it’s sooo cheap. if i lived in denver, my monthly water bill would be 7-800 based on my useage.

jesse ventura did a conspiracy theory show on water. it’s on youtube if you’d like to check it out. in it tboone pickens admitted that in texas, he bought a piece of land and he’s draining the ogallala(sp?) aquifer for all it’s worth and is piping it to dallas/fw.

while i probably shouldnt water as much, especially the grass, i think what he’s doing is immoral.

on another note, there is a lot of info on google and startpage about how to build a cistern, etc. i liked the notes of putting downspouts in.

lastly, depending on your acreage, there was a company on the web that advertised how to drill your own well. it might be worth looking into.


Vote -1 Vote +1pete
November 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm

This is to Jim; when planting your garden, go out and buy really absorbent diapers and cut off excess, place in hole put plant right on top, and water, you will see the diaper expand and just how much water will be held at the plants roots , now backfill. Do that for every plant and when watering be sure to saturated the soil, doing that will allow the diaper to re-expand. You may find,you can go longer than watering every 3 days, except during really hot spells. Two things: 1 buy a moisture testing instrument under $10.00 @ Home Depot or Lowes, this you ostick in the ground at base of plant and into the diaper, it will show if you are under or over watering. 2 when you buy the diapers, grab a pair of scissors and while watching T.V. cut off the excess paper on all of them a head of time, this will save time when planting.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm

If you are the recycling kind and want some pre-soaked diapers, just let me know and I’ll hook you up 🙂


Vote -1 Vote +1Kaytee
November 5, 2011 at 9:10 am

Why not just get the crystals from your local garden center? Pre-soak them, and mix them in the planting hole backfill.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
November 4, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Concerning Water: Less than 3% of the earth’s water is currently drinkable. For water savings I recommend cleaning your vehicles, home interiors,etc. ( any non-porous surface). with a product called DriWash n’Guard. Yes, I am an Independent distributor. I have used the products since 1991 and I swear by it. I’m just sayin!


-1 Vote -1 Vote +1Brandon
November 4, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I am a big fan of Dale Fricke holsters. My preference is iWB appendix style. It works well with my Glock 26 and 19.

May check out the smart carry for NPE as I usually resort to a briefcase with a hidden pocket.

God bless


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1dog
November 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm

gil, i seen that program with jesse ventura about water. i have also read that water will be
another way to control people and the population. i know it sounds alittle out there but i do
believe it to be true and something to really think about.
i plan to look into the holsters mentioned here and thanks to all for the info.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Elizabeth
November 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Considering that water is even more vital then food I can readily see how it is a very controlled substance. I’ve been seeing reports for years on how companies have been buying water rights left and right and selling the water to other countries. I think it’s the wisest course to stockpile as much water as you possibly can.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Birchfield
November 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’ve thought for many years that the flush toilet is a, curse even in an urban environment. Granted a city full of outhouses would be very unpleasant. However, flushing a half pint of urine converts several gallons of sweet drinking water into several gallons of sewage. Urine, for a healthy person, is sterile. Saving yellow flushes is an easy way to save a lot of fresh water. In a rural or suburban location men should pee outside whenever possible. The ladies usually have a problem with doing that themselves but at least they could ignore men relieving themselves. and they could still save a few piddles before flushing. A modest move in this direction could save millions of gallons.


Vote -1 Vote +1Trevor
November 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Dave B. – You could also just use a sink if you don’t want to wave to your neighbors while relieving yourself. Just saying.


Vote -1 Vote +1Ernest
November 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Something not mentioned is the water wasted in back-washing swimming pool filters. The increased evaporation form swimming pools and contamination of ground water from chemicals in the swimming pool water when back washing the filters. I am aware of this problem because we had a pool installed shortly after moving into our house. Had I know about these issues I would not have had one installed. On the up side ITSHTF we could practice aqua culture and direct the runoff from the roof into the pool to keep the fish wet. Or turn the pool into a below ground storage system/hide out. Living in North Florida the water table is only about 1.5 to three feet below the surface if we leave the pool empty it will float up out of the ground.
The dry land is many times a result of clearing the plant growth in the first place. If you remove the plants the rain stops and you suffer the cycle of turning land into desert. If you remove the trees around the spring I would suggest that you plant other trees or plants that are tolerant to the area.


Vote -1 Vote +1Woolval
November 5, 2011 at 9:41 am

Ernest, I live in Ocala, Fl. and our house is on a well. The submersible pump is down 85 feet and our water table is about 70 feet (depending on rain, or lack of). I am looking for a solution to my reliance on electricity to get my water… I WISH I could dig 3 feet for water!

Water is a constant discussion here, especially how it will be in short supply. Yet the water management boards will routinely grant the right for insane water usage, like the golf courses. It’s like they have no clue of our long term water issues!

I have a couple rain barrels that work great, but only when we have rain. I must admit, since I’ve added them (about 2 years) I’ve never run them dry. My wife uses one for her patio ornamental plants and I use them both for my garden and dogs. Every couple months I add a few drops of chlorine to help clean any algae growth inside. But then, they’re supplementing my electric well. If these were my main source of water supply I’d be in BIG trouble!

And a little tip: I used an old water softener tank for a rain barrel. I figure it holds about 35 gallons and it’s working great. I talked with a local plumber and told him; he says he routinely takes them to the dump! So I told him to feel free to drop them off here. Everyone saves that way; not added to landfill, he doesn’t have to pay a disposal fee and I get another rain barrel!

Congratulations on an easily accessible water source!


Vote -1 Vote +1GWC
November 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

I have to emphasize what Ernest wrote, I used to be a hotel maintenance man. The amount of water used to backflush, or just keep the pool full for that matter, was unbelievable. And, yeah, some of the chemicals are seriously toxic.


Vote -1 Vote +1Ernest
November 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Another issue is the problems caused by golf courses. In our area they buy permits to use all of the water it takes to grow and maintain all of that grass plus the contamination of fertilizers and weed killers. I don’t care how much they spend on permits it’s not fair for them to use and pollute so much water. We used to fish in the ponds on the golf course they quickly put an end to this and posted signs that it would be dangerous to eat the fist. Unfortunately the Osprey and Eagles can’t read the signs. When pressed for answers for posting the signs they said it was because of the use of septic tanks. This can’t be true because the surrounding homes use city water.


Vote -1 Vote +1Sue the Frugal Survivalist
November 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

There’s always been enough water on the earth. The problem is that our population long ago exceeded the earth’s carrying capacity for our species. Yet, no one except China has seriously addressed population control. If we reduced the population, our great grandchildren wouldn’t need to concern themselves with water conservation, the people could simply relocate to an area with abundant water .. All resources would be in ample supply. Food and housing would be cheap and plentiful. I’m not suggesting we follow China’s draconian approach, but governments could certainly help make easily available birth control and family size reduction a high priorty. After the Black Plague ran its course in europe, employers had to increase wages to compete for the services of the remaining workers. Peasants could suddenly afford small farms. Life improved for the poor who survived. It seems in the US, big business would prefer we continue adding unwanted, poor children to the population so workers must compete for low wage jobs and pay increasingly higher prices for utilities, housing , and food.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

It can be (quite easily) argued that the US Government has been trying to do this in what I consider to be an unethical manner for several decades.

You’re right that there has always been enough water on the Earth…but the problem isn’t that there are too many people, by any stretch of the imagination. The problem is that people insist on living in densities that are way beyond the capacity of their local environment. I’m one of these people, but I realize and accept the shortcoming of my situation and have developed strategies to mitigate it.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1James
November 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm

A low, near replacement level, birth rate is not a problem in the US, all we need to do is stop immigration for a while, legal and illegal. The break neck immigration numbers we have right now are too high and over 30 to 40 years are going to doom us environmentally, they add so many millions of people. There is no reason for us to invite the same problems here that are found elsewhere in the world.


Vote -1 Vote +1George in Denver
November 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

When I was Living in the Pacific Northwest, I met Jim Nolan in Vancouver, WA who had invented an ambidextrous, adjustable holster designed for concealed carry. It was so good that a five foot tall woman was able to pack a 9mm Calico, and it was pretty well concealed-
evan with the 100 round rotary mag. I saw this. There’s some really cool stuff out there if you look-and ask around. Thanks for sharing the Stealth Holster info.


Vote -1 Vote +1Craig
November 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I have a smartcarry for deep concealment but I have holsters from Simply Rugged for all my handguns that I use for daily carry. They are really comfortable, durable and great looking IWB/OWB holsters. I have no affiliation except that I’m a happy customer and they have exceptional customer service. Check em out you won’t be disappointed. I plan on checking out the Stealth holster as my smartcarry is getting up in years.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jan
November 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

My portable air conditioner produces water from the air by the gallons here in arid West Texas. But I don’t know where the electricity is going to come from, I’m pedaling as fast as I can now.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jean
November 5, 2011 at 6:32 am

I agree, population is not the problem and distribution is a temporary problem.

With our polluted air, water and food, along with vaccinations, pharmaceuticals, etc. chronic illness is exploding and our sad state of health is going to catch up with us. Unfortunately, our children may not live as long as us and if they do they will likely live longer in less health. I think any over population concerns are going to be reversed.

What we can do: clean up diet with organics, home grown foods, purify your water, consider eliminating or spacing vaccinations (National Vaccine Information Center), get political and raise a stink about what the BIG guys are doing to planet, food, etc.

Best wishes,


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Harlow
November 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

I live in a High Desert. For the past two years I’ve done nothing to the lawn but mow it. I have an irrigation pump but got lazy. Guess what? I don’t have bare dirt. Some small flowering vines have taken over as well some kind of grass that refuses to die. I have a dog and he seems unable to kill it either. Yeah I have some bad ass weeds but chose to mow them. It doesn’t look that bad. I guess you could say the lawn has become a meadow filled with things needing no care.


Vote -1 Vote +1Luc
November 5, 2011 at 9:07 am

I like the Kangaroo Carry Holster as long as you’re carrying a lighter weight gun. I carry a Kahr PM9 so it’s perfect for it. I live in a warm climate so I wear shorts or swim trucks a lot. The Kangaroo Carry let’s me carry in just about any weather and clothing.


Vote -1 Vote +1Todd
November 6, 2011 at 7:10 am


Great info. Can you do an article about firearms and what to buy recommendations for us ‘novice’ users?


Vote -1 Vote +1Robert Rohlin
November 6, 2011 at 9:20 am

When I first got my CHL years ago, my instructor told me that I would buy more holsters than Imelda Marcos bought shoes (wife of former dictator of the Philippines for you youngsters). That was true. I’ve invested a lot of money in holsters and really only use 4 of them.

1. SmartCarry holster (my 2nd-favorite holster of all time). I got the model with 2 equal sized pockets (I have both large and small versions depending on what firearm I’m carrying). I use it for appendix carry and it is so comfortable — even with a 4-inch .357 revolver — that I forget it is there. Your “callouses” are probably due from carrying it in the 3:00 position instead of 12:00. I can play racquetball in this holster and it works great.
2. Crossbreed super-tuck (horsehide version for greater moisture protection) — This is my favorite holster. I grew up in the days when gentlemen always wore their shirts tucked in. I can’t seem to break the habit, so I will tuck my shirt in between the gun and my pants. I wear at the 3:30 position (instead of 3:00) because that extra little move toward the rear helps hide the gun better behind my love handles.
3. Pocket holster (Uncle Mike’s) for my Keltec 9mm
4. A wallet holster for a .32 Keltec in my back pocket. If the zombie wants my wallet, this is the one I pull out to give to him.

Just remember with semi-autos carried in wallet holster or pocket — clean and lubricate them at least once / month to make sure the slide doesn’t jam due to lint, etc. This isn’t as big of a problem if you carry a S&W 642 or other snub-nosed revolver in a pocket holster.

By the way, if you are using any kind of IWB holster, you need to have your belt on snugly (to keep your britches up under the weight of the gun). That can get pretty uncomfortable after all-day wear. So the SmartCarry offers an advantage there because you can go around with a loose belt or no belt at all.

By the way, carrying in Texas is harder than in most States due to the prevalence of hot weather. I love the fall / winter where I can just put a jacket on and not have to tuck in my shirt over my gun.


Vote -1 Vote +1wild Bil
November 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

I have been in the water conservation business for 20 years. We sell and install water meters to Apartment owners, Condo Associations, Mobile Home parks and Commercial property owners. We place a water meter in each unit on the incoming cold water line before it splits going into the hot water heater or going to the rest of the plumbing fixtures. We read the meters electronically from outside the unit. We enter the readings in the computer and calculate monthly a water and sewer bill, based on the consumption, using the local Utility rates for water and sewer. We mail each Bill each month to each unit, collect the payments, and reimburse the Owner or Association at the end of each month minus our monthly service fee. We have seen an average of a 40% reduction in usage across the board. Not only do we see reduction in usage, the system pin-points and locates leaks and high usage units a plumber or owner couldn’t find and didn’t know existed. In addition it increases the property value when the owner resells the property. The owner does not lower his rent but is now being reimbursed for his water and sewer expenses, a win win situation for the owner and conservation, it pays for itself. In short, it should be mandatory for all Multifamily and Commercial properties to install individual water meters. PS. the Local Utility Departments do not and will not install individual water meters, unless the owner is willing to pay extra impact fees and a huge plumping charge. Our average cost for meter and installation is $200.00 per unit. It pays for itself in 8 months to one year based on the current increasing monthly charges the Owner receives from the local Utility Billing Department that will continually go up every year..


Vote -1 Vote +1Dennis
November 6, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Hello David
I like your writing on the subject of water. I live on an island that has no natural springs, ponds, lakes or rivers with fresh water. We have to collect rain water when it rains and store that rainwater under our houses for using in our residences. I am an architect and we design the roof of your house as a water catchment and collect the water and store it in a reservoir under the house and use an electric pump with a filter to pull it up for use inside. When done correctly this can put you in a completely independent position when it comes to your on fresh water supply. We protect this water source at all times from contamination from dust storms or hurricanes that can drop dust or salt water into your reservoir by blocking the pipes that lead to the reservoir on those bad days. The design of this system is available and easy to do especially if you are building a new house. It is a little harder in an older house but achievable. Imagine having ten thousand gallons of fresh water available to you in your own house when others have none. That makes you a king in your own country. Thanks for the survival techniques, you maybe just a little premature but definitely needed.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mitch
November 7, 2011 at 6:22 am

Hey David……I wore the concealed holster shown above for years. I actually wore three of them out. You mentioned basically all the advantages except for one. I was a cop for over twenty years and worked undercover for several of those. I got searched several times by the “bad guy” prior to the deal. They never found my weapon. I always carried it on the front on either side of my groin. I also found plenty of contraband and weapons in that same area of the suspects. PLUS…it is a simple design, after my first purchase I made my own out of old blue jean material and elastic bands.


+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Ernest
November 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

More concerns about food and water.
I’ve gotten this email today and I was thinking of the discussion that we were having on the subject. Here’s my take in a nutshell based on much more back-story than they have time to go into in this email:

1. We need to just plain have labeling so that we can actually trace illnesses and reactions to the items that are in our food. It would also just be nice to know what’s in the food (right now a listing can say High Fructose Corn Syrup and not list the mercury and the pesticides used)

2. This awesome corn that Monsanto wants to have everyone grow is failing. In it’s failing it is creating super bugs and super weeds. Isn’t that super? 😉

3. The US government is pushing these irresponsible and dangerous GM crops to the world. Why? Why would a government work so hard to help out these GM companies? Maybe because there are many government employees and positions that are occupied by Monsanto people? Including the Supreme Court of the entire nation?

4. Roundup is supposed to reduce the use of chemicals to grow crops yet the use of Roundup has increased 8 fold! Further this chemical is now shown to evaporate WITH WATER (in other words, you can’t distill it out). It’s being found in rain, water and air samples in a three state area.

5. I’d also like to note that the increased use of chemicals in not only polluting more, but it’s costing farmers more. The crops are failing and the yields were never much better than systems that were replaced by these GMO (GM) crops. So, the companies supporting the old systems have gone out of business due to lake of support. Conclusion: less food, MUCH more pollution (both because of chemical use and also due to CAFO’s -Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations concentrating animals in one spot making their waste a pollution rather than a fertilizer) , higher priced production, farmers trapped, consumers trapped and a few companies OWNING our food supply.


Vote -1 Vote +1Doc
November 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I have to add my $.015 (Obama took the rest…sigh) and say that when I carry my Detonics Combat Master OR my full sized WWII 1911 with a tuckable shirt, I use a SuperTuck. Those folks will work with you, too. I am a tad, ahem, large, and the stock holster let my Detonics hammer bite me, they made me a new holster that has a larger area protecting my tender, (read that flabby and I am working on it) hide. If you want a conventional IWB, I strongly recommend Grandfather Oak, he, too, will work with you to craft EXACTLY what you want out of Kydex.
As to water, yea down here in Texas it is a problem. Sad thing is, my city prohibits me from even drilling my own well! Guess they want to keep the revenue.
Trees that are not native, Juniper and Mesquite down here, can really screw up the echo system. Mesquite trees are pretty, (if you don’t count the bloody thorns!), but NOTHING but some species of grass will grow under them. They put out a toxin that will stay in the soil for years, it seems from places where the trees were cut down. Yes, some say that the Sahara desert was caused by deforestation, but they weren’t cutting down bloody junipers! Grrrr.



Vote -1 Vote +1GWC
November 9, 2011 at 9:18 am

I’ve used the same Blackhawk Serpa CQC for over 5 years. I’ve seen all the arguments against Kydex and such, but I’ve never had a problem. I bought it when it first came on the market and there was not a model for my M&P. I called Blackhawk and to ask them if one of the others would fit. The guy I talked to told me to hold on a minute, set the phone down, and I heard him running around and shouting if anyone knew. After a minute he found someone there in their office that carried an M&P. Then, with me sill waiting and listening over the open phone line, he proceeded to gather all the CQC models and try them out. After a total of about 5 minutes he came back on and heard me laughing.
Him: “You heard all that?”
Me: “Yup.”
He was embarrassed, I got my daily chuckles. All in all it was a good experience, for me.
Anyway, he told me to use the model for the Glock 21. Fits like a charm, and tough as hell. Wear it 3 o’clock fed cant on the belt attachment, not paddle. Held most of my body weight when I got caught in a multi-strand barbed wire fence, just hooked the holster over the top strand so I could use both hands to get loose. Never had any retention problems. Many people say they suck, but I recommend them constantly. I will say that I normally only use the active retention as I pulled the tension screw and bar out and put an elastic bungie through the hole, but I only use the bungie when climbing or if I might end up upside down.


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 9, 2011 at 10:06 am

I have several Serpas and they are my go-to Outside Waist Band (OWB) holster. I just don’t wear them for concealed carry.


Vote -1 Vote +1GWC
November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

Well, I’m one of those freakish short, fat guys who can run a six minute mile and are as strong as a power lifter. So, with my gut and penchant for really baggy shirts I can get away with it. On another note, I hate the matching CQC mag pouches with a vengeance. I wear two Bianchi doubles instead.


Vote -1 Vote +1SIm
November 11, 2011 at 3:46 am

Great advise. Really appreciate your hard work.Thank you for the e-mails, Sim.


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