Anybody that claims to be a teacher or preacher better know what the fuck he’s talking about. You better walk the walk as well as talk the talk or you ain’t shit in the eyes of people that know more than you and you will be discredited.
Some folks are good at what they do and stick to that one area of expertise. Take JC Dodge over at Mason Dixon Tactical for example: JC teaches tactics. He’s good at it. The man was a professional infantryman. JC does not teach logistics even though logistics are a critical part of any battle plan. Why doesn’t JC teach logistics? Because he doesn’t know them well enough to teach them, he’s a fucking grunt for pete’s sake. If I want to learn how to reliably supply a company of soldiers with beans and bullets then I might oughta go to a former supply sergeant like Woody for that kind of instruction.
Problems arise with credibility when an instructor with a particular skill set tries to cross over to a whole ‘nother different skill set piggybacking his reputation without having the required training or even experience. Sometimes they can get by with it, particularly if they’re training somebody with only rudimentary or no prior knowledge of the subject in question. This is not disparaging the students, after all just by attending the class they’re admitting they don’t know much about the subject but want to learn more. After all, the instructor has a good reputation, right? But to somebody that knows what the fuck he’s talking about, the bullshit level is obvious.
Before I get started maybe I should give you my qualifications (and lack of) so there’s no misunderstanding. I have never enrolled in a shooting course as an adult, I am not a certified instructor and by no means do I consider myself to be an expert on firearms or any related subjects. I’m knowledgeable in a few but an expert in none. I consider myself to be an adequate shot with a rifle and a pretty good one with a handgun but again, not an expert shot. I can give basic instruction on reloading to folks just starting but but I’ve got readers that run circles around me in the finer points – once you start blueprinting every single round, you’re beyond me.
What I do have going for me is a lifetime exposure to firearms and shooting. I honestly cannot remember the first time I ever pulled a trigger. I do most of my own gunsmithing, I’ve got 30+ years of reloading to fall back on, I shot well over 10,000+ rounds through handguns alone and I’ve carried a concealed handgun damned near every day for the past 35 years.
What does this make me? An authority on firearms? Nope, just somebody that’s damned comfortable around them. I can also spot somebody that’s not in about 2.5 seconds.
A good example of this would be….. let’s see, who I can pick on today? I know! Sammy!….. Kerodin when he starts talking about guns.
While Kerodin & Co may be good at CQB (which I can’t verify having never taken a course, friends have said they’re good) Sammy don’t know shit about guns or anything related to them. It’s glaringly obvious in both is words and pictures.
This is from a post a couple of years ago. He has Browning Hi-Power trainers stuffed into 1911 rigs. Two of them. Crossdraw. Why two?
Notice the pair of folders under his belt? Double down, baby. If one is badass, two is badasser. But two pistols? That’s a lot of guns to be handling there, stud. Getting all tangled up on the draw and shit, not to mention not being able to hit a goddamned thing once you do get them all straightened out and commence to firing. See, I’ve tried it before and that’s something I just couldn’t do no matter how hard I tried and I can shoot a handgun with either hand – just not at the same time. It’s that whole dominant eye thing we all have goin’ on not to mention balance and the effects that recoil have on it. Sure, my first round was on target and sometimes the round from the second gun, but after that? While it looked and felt cooler than shit, all it did was frighten the cows. But apparently Sammy isn’t affected by that shit.
See? He can shoot two handed at multiple targets at the same time. Holy shit, Batman! While he doesn’t actually come out and say it, he implies that he also hit what he was shooting at and there were no fatalities amongst onlookers and passers-by. That is the Badness That Is Kerodin. Fuck yes. But as along as I’m on TBTIK, have a look and laugh at this:
Whoa. That’s some serious shit right there. I can just see ol’ Sammy strolling down the main drag of Saint Maries with his 2 holsters with blue trainers giving both cops in town the stinkeye, daring them, just daring them to make their move.
Okay, enough fucking around.
Take a look at the picture again. He’s wearing a pair of crossdraw rigs (clue #1) with the wrong guns crammed in there (clue #2) in a post saying he can shoot multiple targets at the same time (clue #3) so that tells us that what he intends to do (clue #4).
Now take a look at the military style belt with the sliding clasp buckle he’s using to hold up anywhere from 4.5 (Hi-Power, 2 ea) to 5 (1911A1, 2 ea) pounds worth of firearms, not to mention another half pound in reloads. That would be clue #5 right there. Nobody in their right mind that carries a firearm would use a belt that light or a buckle of that style. The buckle is second worse only to the big cowboy style buckle that uses a prong to fasten to your belt. With the big cowboy buckles, they come unhooked and your shit hits the floor right in the middle of the supermarket and with the slider clasp he’s sportin’ in the picture, they loosen up to where your concealed holster is hanging from your side like a fucking fanny pack for the world to see. Gotta keep that shit in tight, man.
And just in case anybody’s thinking that maybe Sammy just didn’t feel like digging out his gunbelt for a photo op, here’s another picture of him teaching his students to turn their back on their adversary. This is a training class, so you’d think he’d be properly dressed.
Same belt, same buckle. Do I own a belt like that? Yup – for work. When I strap on a gun, I change belts. Not just to a regular leather belt with a plain buckle but to a gun belt. A Dragon Leatherworks gun belt. Why not just a regular belt? Because the weight of the gun will cause the holster to pull away from your body and gun belts are heavier and stiffer than normal belts. That’s pretty much it.
And yet, in spite of all those fucking clues, when I saw that holster I went “Hmmmm” and shot him an email asking about it. What the fuck, I am a holster whore. I see it, I want it, I buy it. It’s true, I do have a problem.
So I emailed him and asked how was the retention on it and how concealable was it. His reply to both was ‘Great!’ so I ordered one. Because I shoot an Officer’s Model 1911 it wasn’t a stocked item and they had to make one for me which added 20 or 30 bucks to the base price of $88 and about a 30 day wait. No big deal.
I should’ve known….. Again, I am a holster whore. I fucking love leather holsters. Nice leather holsters. I do consider myself to be knowledgeable of upper end production holsters. They ain’t gotta be fancy but they better be durable, functional and they damned well better be brown.
Apparently me and the lady that I talked to on the phone have a different definition of brown and me and Sammy have different definitions of concealable and retention. First of all, this holster is not concealable. Not at all. Even under a fucking pea coat there was a bulge when I moved. Sorry, that’s a no-go on the concealbility test. The way the holster rides, the handle of the gun protrudes out an inch or so. Now, a holster can and will ride differently on folks, depending on their build so what’s concealable with one person may not be with another but damn, me and Sammy have the same build!
Retention? You could turn the holster over and the gun won’t come out. Unfortunately, you also can’t pull it out without camel toeing the fuck out of yourself when drawing from a standing position. Now I realize that I don’t have an ass to anchor the seat of my pants, but still…..
Plus the fucking thing is black.
And then we come to this which should’ve been clue #6 but I spaced it:
No. No, they don’t. Because of the way the holster is designed, it tends to pull away from your body unless you cinch your belt so tight you can’t fucking breathe. Plus, because it is a crossdraw holster the grip angle is off for carrying over the hip pocket. Trust me on this, that is by far my favorite mode of carrying an automatic.
If you want a hip holster, buy a hip holster. If you want a crossdraw, buy a crossdraw. Don’t use a crescent wrench when a box end will do the job better.
Bottom line? Shut the fuck up if you don’t know what you’re talking about. It only makes you more of a joke.
By the way, I’ve got a nearly new Kirkpatrick holster for sale for somebody less discerning than myself or maybe somebody with more ass. Black, fits Colt Officer’s Model (probably a Compact too), never left the house. If you have open carry in your state or put a lot of time behind the wheel (it is comfortable in a sitting position) and are interested, shoot me an email.