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Service Pistols: A Veteran’s Perspective
Service Pistols: A Veteran’s Perspective

Posted By: Mike B.

A couple of weeks ago, Galco received a SIG-Sauer M17 for holster fit testing. As I’m sure almost everyone reading this knows, the M17 was selected as the Army’s new service pistol. As an old – I just turned 47 – Army vet, this got me to reminiscing a little.   My first exposure to military pistols was on a National Guard firing range when I was maybe 10 years old. My father, and company commander of a Military Police unit at the time, brought my sister and me to the pistol range on a Guard camp in, if memory serves, Massachusetts. There I first fired a Guardsman’s S&W Model 41, a fine target...

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Shooting Sports Month - Part 2
Shooting Sports Month - Part 2

Posted By: Gerard D.

Here in the middle of the NSSF’s Shooting Sports Month, let’s change course slightly and discuss sporting arms – rifles and shotguns. Did you know Galco offers a number of rifle accessories and a large Sporting Collection product line for clay target sports like skeet, trap and Sporting Clays? Galco has some very fine rifle accessories, including marksman slings like the Safari Ching (developed with the late Eric Ching) and RifleMann (developed with the very-much-alive Richard Mann) slings, as well as traditional comfort-carry slings like the Braided Cobra and Tapered Rifle slings. Some other favorites are the...

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Let's Go Shooting!
Let's Go Shooting!

Posted By: Mike B.

While August is something a lot of us in Arizona dread – it sometimes hits 120* here – this year we’re also looking forward to it. August is the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Shooting Sports Month, and this year’s theme is “Let’s Go Shooting.” Here at Galco, everyone agrees! The NSSF’s emphasis is on including as many people as possible in the shooting sports, and making people of all backgrounds feel welcome as they step into a gun shop, onto the firing line, or into the hunting fields. This is obviously a laudable goal, and for many reasons. If the gun culture we all love is...

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Getting started in competition
Getting started in competition

Posted By: CSR .

Sweat beads on your forehead as you holster your loaded handgun in a Galco Combat Master.  Your mind races while you do your best to memorize every shooting position and target presentation.  Slowly, you raise your wrists above your shoulders into ‘surrender position,’ signaling the Range Officer that you’re ready. Are you ready? Standby! *BEEP* The adrenaline dump that follows the sound of a shot timer can be overwhelming.  I have personally seen the sound scramble a person’s brain until he or she could not function, much less navigate a course of fire while engaging multiple targets with...

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Packing a classic
Packing a classic

Posted By: Gerard D.

While we’re on the subject of semi auto pistols, let’s talk about another classic that was just discontinued, or should we say retired by FN. The Browning Hi-Power (or P35) was once considered the “operator’s” combat pistol of choice, used widely throughout the world by various special operations forces well known for their expertise and professionalism. The British SAS and early FBI HRT were probably the most notable of these organizations. This semiauto Hi-Power, with its original 13-round capacity, and now 15-round aftermarket magazines, has enjoyed wide popularity in the civilian world as well. Recent...

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Leather and steel
Leather and steel

Posted By: Gerard D.

For those who read my first blog post, thank you. In the interest of continuity, let’s ignore Leo in the peanut gallery and keep to the theme of classic, but not necessarily vintage, firearms. With the advent of new polymer technology and the explosive proliferation of different modern “plastic fantastic” handguns, many of us old timers retreat to our safe space (the gun room) and fondle our solid steel and metal-framed guns. The all-time champion and American favorite – the famed 1911 – comes readily to mind. But I’m not going to go into its storied past or wax affectionate about its inventor, John...

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SHRINK IT AND PINK IT?
SHRINK IT AND PINK IT?

Posted By: CSR .

As a woman in Galco’s Customer Service Department, you can count on me to help you find a functional, safe, and effective carry holster for your gun. You can also count on the fact that I have a more melodic voice than Gerry, that I am taller than Leo, and that I don’t own a pink holster. In a world full of customizable options, every industry is looking to find you and what you need. Sometimes I think companies must look at the pink aisle in the toy store and decide that what appeals to a gal is dainty pink/purple, and that the boys like the manly blue/black. There is a tendency to “shrink it and pink it” as if...

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Arming the Stylish Man
Arming the Stylish Man

Posted By: Mike B.

The shooting community is filled with masculine men who “don’t give a damn” about how they dress. Of course they do care, or they wouldn’t wear the informal gun-guy uniform of billowy polo shirt, loose cargo pants and Merrell hiking boots, right? Hey, we all want to fit in with our tribes and signal that we’re part of the in-group, and there’s nothing wrong with that.   But what about the gun carrier who, either by choice or by circumstance, wears something other than the shooter’s uniform? How does he remain discreetly armed if he chooses to dress outside the gun-culture norm, and more...

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Hot weather concealed carry
Hot weather concealed carry

Posted By: Mike B.

While the rest of the country is just transitioning to warmer weather, here in Arizona we get a jump on summer. This always makes me think about hot-weather carry options. When I moved to Arizona from Connecticut, I really had no idea how hot it gets in Phoenix, and that first summer was a definite wake-up call. I’ve since adapted, and here are a few carry methods I’ve had good success using in the brutal Phoenix summers.   The Underwraps belly band is a seriously underrated carry method. Yes, the elasticized nylon band will hold a little extra heat and moisture against the body – no carry method is perfect,...

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GET MOM WHAT SHE REALLY WANTS!
GET MOM WHAT SHE REALLY WANTS!

Posted By: CSR .

Ahh Mother’s Day! A day we’re pampered and waited on. Oh, wait! I don’t know about you, that’s just not my reality. Save the money you were going to spend on chocolates and flowers, and get mom what she really wants: something to help keep her safe!   Women are the fastest growing segment of the firearm industry. Why? Because we’re starting to realize that safety is an individual responsibility. Add kids into the mix, and your responsibility to keep not only yourself safe, but your family too, multiplies.    I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance. He made sure to tell me that...

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NRA Annual Meetings: then and now
NRA Annual Meetings: then and now

Posted By: Mike B.

Galco’s off to the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings, this time in Dallas, and I’m fortunate that I get to go again. I’ve lost count of the number of NRAAMs I’ve attended as a Galco representative – I missed a couple while I was on “sabbatical” in Afghanistan with the National Guard – but it’s always a great experience. Not only is it awesome to be able to talk to customers (and potential customers) face-to-face and get their input, but there’s just this great feeling of being surrounded by tens of thousands of gun people. It’s not a feeling you get in too many other places anymore,...

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Nah, modern guns!
Nah, modern guns!

Posted By: CSR .

Don’t listen to Gerry’s blog post! I’m Leo and I’m a gunaholic (it should be a word). I consider myself to be closer to the average gun owner around here. What I mean by that is: I don’t shoot competitively, have hundreds of hours of training, or been carrying since gunpowder was invented. I carry a gun as a hobby, and as such, I like to buy and trade guns often to get a better feel for what works best for me.  What I have found is that I prefer to carry a modern handgun over a vintage one, i.e. old. I can appreciate that old guns can be fun to shoot and aesthetically pleasing. But something that was...

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Vintage guns in modern holsters?
Vintage guns in modern holsters?

Posted By: Gerard D.

I’m known as the “old guy” here at Galco. When asked to contribute to the new Galco blog, my first thoughts were of vintage firearms, specifically revolvers. To be even more specific, revolvers in the almost obsolete caliber of .32-20 WCF, otherwise known as .32-20 Winchester. This great little cartridge was developed and used in the Winchester Model 73 and 92 rifles, as well as many revolvers of that bygone era before World War II. My two particular revolvers are a classic Colt Police Positive Special and the venerable S&W Military and Police (which later became the Model 10). The Colt Police Positive Special is a...

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Welcome to Galco's blog!
Welcome to Galco's blog!

Posted By: Mike B.

Welcome to Galco Gunleather’s new blog. It’s something we’ve thought about for a long time, and now here we are! Our hope is to spark some discussion, perhaps find a few teachable moments on holsters, and just generally have some fun talking about guns and gunleather. Rather than dive right into holster design, construction, care, or whatever, I’d like to mention that Galco will be exhibiting at the United States Concealed Carry Association’s Expo in Louisville this weekend. If you’re anywhere near Louisville, you should definitely try to come to the Expo. There’s a long list of great...

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