MONDAY – Day 86

I spent all week working in dirt. Well, except for the gunwriter assistant’s football game mid-day Saturday. You see, my wife arranged for a friend to do some dozer work. Now my yard is three times as large as it was and there are rocks on top of rocks to be picked up. All weekend was raking and rock moving and we are a long ways from done.

New handgun range - yeah, it needs some work!

I did convince the dozer guy to work on my range and my field a bit. I now have a great, though muddy combination rifle / pistol range 50 yards from the house and a brand new once acre food plot. I have a bunch of shooting to do this week. A new S&W M&P 15 that might just coolest AR I’ve seen and more 30 Remington AR loads to test. Looks like I will have some muddy feet.

Today, I mostly worked on an article for Shooting Illustrated about how to set up a long range sniper rifle. This should appear in the November issue. I also talked with Dave Biggers with XS Sights and he is planning a concealed carry event where writers will get to try and test a variety of concealed carry holsters and possibly conduct some on the range testing to determine how user friendly and fast each option is. This should be cool!


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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5 Responses to MONDAY – Day 86

  1. RG says:

    I am interested in a user friendly concealed carry holster for hot, humid weather for a Beretta .32 Tom Cat.

  2. gunwriter says:

    I’ll ask my buddy at Galco what he recommends.


    • gunwriter says:


      This is from my buddy Mike Barham at Galco:

      Well, all Galco holsters are user-friendly. 

      Seriously, if I were carrying that gun in a hot/humid environment, I’d go right to one of our horsehide holsters. We offer the Front Pocket Horsehide holster for it, as well as the UDC and USA horsehide IWBs. Any of these will stand up extremely well to sweat and ambient humidity, because of the horsehide construction, in addition to hiding that small gun very well. They’re also all quick to put on and take off. I personally like pocket holsters for little guns in hot weather, but obviously some people don’t like them at all, and they do have some limitations in terms of speed and body position during the draw.

      Hope this helps!

  3. RG says:


  4. RG says:

    Very helpful. Thank you both so much.

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