Old School EDC…

Old school EDC, going back to carrying a revolver, but I HATE breaking in a new leather holster…

Colt Cobra in Galco leather.  Bianchi speed strip loaded with Hornady Critical Duty.

And I got ‘chastised’ on FB for not boosting the signal for a Veteran Owned Business, so…

My little challenge coin… The top one was carried daily for a little over three years. So yes, they DO wear a bit. The bottom two show both sides of the coin.

These came from Warrior Chip, a VOB started by Gunnery Sergeant Donny Campbell, USMC Ret. who is the founder. Link to their site is HERE, and you can either design your own, or have them do it. Their costs are reasonable!

I paid with my own money for my chips, so there… 🙂


Old School EDC… — 14 Comments

  1. Same here, that ‘squeaky leather’ really gets on my last nerve. Takes time to absorb that oil and soften up a tad. I’m not crazy about Uncle Mikes (circa 1980’s), but they were a quiet holster (as long as brush didn’t scrap up against the material).

  2. Do you carry your needed cards (like driver’s license, etc) with your money clip? This summer, I’ve gotten away from carrying a wallet, but didn’t think about a money clip.

    I’ve never EDC a large frame revolver, and the three S&W snubnose versions I carried (Model 36, Model 60, Model 642 Airweight) always were pocket carried inside an Uncle Mike Inside the Pocket Sidekicks.

    I did have to break-in the holsters I got for Cowboy Action Shooting, but then I never followed up on the sport, so I don’t know if I did a good job on those or not. It DID provide me with a good excuse to buy two SAA and a Mod 94 lever action in .38/.357, as well as an Mod 97 in 12 gauge, and a .410 coach gun for the kids. Got a nice black shirt and vest I can wear to something dressy, as well.

    I do like the speed strip choice over the speed loader! Not only are they much more comfortable and concealable to carry, but The Yankee Marshall demo’d how they lend themselves to partial reloads if it ever did drop into the pot. My youngest son, who DOES carry a Dan Wesson .357 concealed from time to time, has gone strictly to speed strips for that reason. He’s a large gent, at 6’4″ ish and a trim 250, so he has more room to hide things on his frame than I do at 6’+- and 260 pounds.

  3. What? No polymer striker-fired 9mm pistol? No AIWB? You’ll get killed on the streets! In fact, you’re probably already dead, so I’m killing all these poor pixels for nothing.
    Back when I carried revolvers for a living, I was a big fan of Galco (originally Jackass Leather) holsters, and I still am. The only difference is, I always carried thumb-break holsters. I think the thumb break gives you a little more security in a fight or if you’re ever knocked down.
    But it looks like a well-thought-out system you’ve got. Enjoy it.

  4. My “Sweat Pant’s Casual” load out: S&W Mod 36, speed strip, Pistol Ware Trump Card holster/belly band, CRCT Fossil, StreamLite, plus assorted wallet, keys, change, etc. You may be my “brother from another mother.”

  5. I carry my model 60 in a Blackhawk pocket holster. Mini mag light and multitool on my belt and a folding knife with a pocket clip here in rural Alaska. I tried a leather pocket holster but the holster wouldn’t stay in the pocket when I draw. Speed strip in my shirt pocket. The model 60 is loaded with 180 gr hard cast as bears are much more likely around here than human problems.

  6. All- Thanks, and for me, FWIW, I like carrying a revolver. Less sharp edges, and I honestly believe it’s easier to conceal. Working on the holster, and it’ll get there. Old 1811, I have a thumb break, it’s the next one to get broken in… sigh…

    Posted from my iPhone.

  7. Look’n good.
    I’m still working on a carry holster that fits me and the little sig…
    Have a small collection of challenge coins, including yours.

  8. Jim;
    Good choice in revolvers, leather and loads.
    A persons wisdom is evaluated by how much their opinions and actions agree with mine. You show great wisdom.
    One of my EDCs is a Smith 640 no dash. RP .38 spl. +P & a pair of speedstrips. Holster is a Tucker IWB @ 4 O:clock.
    Comfortable, easily concealed and secure.
    Never let anyone tell you that a snubby is only good at bad breath distance. I regularly practice on a 50 yard 1/2 sized steel popper & can hit it consistently.
    Keep up the good work.

    • “Never let anyone tell you that a snubby is only good at bad breath distance.”

      I believed that falsehood at one time, UNTIL I GOT ONE AND FIRED IT! My first snubby was a S&W Model 60, and I quickly discovered that it would absolutely get the job done in a self-defense situation.
      It only took enough practice for me to familiarize myself with the way it handled, which was a LOT less than a box of ammo.

      No, it would not be my choice to go squirrel hunting; no one firearm does EVERY job we can think of. But for self-defense, I was confident enough that I was happy to pass that Model 60 along to my beloved daughter-in-law. I had no fear that she would come up short if she ever needed it.

  9. Try “Leather Lightning” from Mitch Rosen:


    Keeps leather from sticking to the gun. MUCH better than Galco’s stuff, and cheaper.

    I gave up on thumbbreaks on belt type holsters. I could not consistently get the gun released. I think it is poor placement of the tab, as most of them require it to be hit prior to gripping the gun, and that is bad ergonomics.

    I ran into the same problem when I got a shoulder rig for a Glock. That slide sits so far back over the hand that the tab is extremely awkward. The same brand for a 1911 is much better. Looks like another holster that will need to be modified to work properly. I spent years in Silicon Valley reworking/redesigning other peoples bad ideas. Holsters aren’t rocket science, people. Why are they so uniformly bad?