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So I Had This Unused Holster...

Well, seeing as my "big projects" are quite a few notches below what many of you have going on (restorations, rebuilds, etc.), I don't have an amazing story to tell. Still, I thought others might enjoy this one.

Three (or so) years ago I was searching for holsters for my handguns (Keltec and Beretta, at that time). I thought I knew what I wanted, but I actually ended up purchasing several, all of which were either OWB or IWB (outside the waistband or inside the waistband). It turns out that I ended up using a shoulder holster for one and a pocket holster for the other.

This left me with about four unused holsters (and accompanying parts).

Last year I got to thinking about how I could put to use those holsters. What brought this to mind was that I had been riding around on my AC while toting a pellet gun (rifle, actually). And while I use the pellet gun quite a bit, it got me to thinking about those old, unused holsters.

Before the end of the season, I did a quick look-see at the holsters...then I looked at the tractor. And DING...the 'ol light bulb went off.

So I'm outside doing some work today, and thought "Hey! Now would probably be the time to see about getting that holster mounted on the tractor!"

Boy was I right.

So, for better or worse, here are the photos.

Enjoy...or not.

P.S. No doubt some are wondering why on God's green earth I would even do such a thing. Well, a couple of summers ago I was out on the front yard one evening, doing some plane- and moon-watching with my high-powered binoculars. It was in the evening, and my eyes were glued to the binoculars, so much so that I didn't even notice the black bear that had approached, and was now about 15 feet away from me. S/He had approached and I heard nothing. Even the dogs didn't alert.

Now I've seen bears in my yard probably...oh...half-a-dozen times over the years. But this...THIS..was waaay too up close and personal.

Honestly, I couldn't even tell you what happened immediately after I saw the bear. All I know is I grabbed my handgun and shot into the ground...to (hopefully) scare off the bear. It worked...eventually. But I came to understand that bears can be very sneaky. So, I try to be prepared.
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Never seen that before, but I like it!
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I like it, the only thing wild around here is the neighbors cat.
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I like it, never see critters like that in Bloomington. Nor would I want to.

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I like it, never see critters like that in Bloomington. Nor would I want to.
What you talkin’ about, Willis? Cougar sightings in Bloomington in 2010-2012, and one shot there in 2002.
When we bought our house, there was a bear print right outside our bedroom window. I had the wife convinced it was the neighbor’s Saint Bernard, until she almost ran the bear over a 1/4 mile down the road six years ago.
I have a large cup holder on my mower, and will tell near catastrophe construction stories to anyone standing still, depending on how far along the drin... - mowing has gotten.
Bears included.

But not Chicago Bears fans, they’re out.
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I strap on my Taurus Judge when mowing just for copperheads and the like that our speckled king snakes don't get.
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I strap on my Taurus Judge when mowing just for copperheads and the like that our speckled king snakes don't get.
Was looking for one for a couple of years, but never found one I wanted to purchase. Would love to have one, even though I've read about 9mm "bird" shot rounds. Maybe some day....
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Was looking for one for a couple of years, but never found one I wanted to purchase. Would love to have one, even though I've read about 9mm "bird" shot rounds. Maybe some day....
I've shot the CCI .38/.357 shot shells a few times and they are ok for really close range. Long story short our local gun shop owner had ordered the Judge with a 4" barrel for a guy who in turn brought it back to trade in on a Bushmaster .223 during "the great ammo shortage" scare. I bought for $175.00 a week later. It has disposed of 5 copperheads and a cottonmouth around our place since I've had it.
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I've shot the CCI .38/.357 shot shells a few times and they are ok for really close range. Long story short our local gun shop owner had ordered the Judge with a 4" barrel for a guy who in turn brought it back to trade in on a Bushmaster .223 during "the great ammo shortage" scare. I bought for $175.00 a week later. It has disposed of 5 copperheads and a cottonmouth around our place since I've had it.
$175?! I think the lowest I saw was in the $400s...maybe, but usually in the $500s. Sounds like it worked out very well for you.
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Poor scared bear, it was only a black bear, they're friendly.

Now the snakes, that's a different story.

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$175?! I think the lowest I saw was in the $400s...maybe, but usually in the $500s. Sounds like it worked out very well for you.
This is the low down; at that time the Judge had just hit the scene and nobody really knew anything about them. According to the dealer the owner put it on consignment for $250.00 and was to sell it then give him the proceeds to help offset the Bushmaster. The owner came back some time later to buy some accessories and asked if there had been any bites and the dealer told him not really it being a used Taurus. The owner told him if you can get $175.00 sell it; the rest is history. My wife likes it also but went ape over the Circuit Judge so we got her one years ago on sale at Gander Mtn. in Hattiesburg, MS before they closed that store.
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Nice addition... I'd be more worried about the PF-9 jamming than the bear getting me. But seriously it would be very useful for me, I always get scared mine is gonna fall out of my pocket when riding around in the yard.
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Nice addition... I'd be more worried about the PF-9 jamming than the bear getting me. But seriously it would be very useful for me, I always get scared mine is gonna fall out of my pocket when riding around in the yard.
I wouldn't necessarily argue your point. The truth is, I have a shoulder holster for my Beretta, and the Keltec is almost always in my pocket...which isn't where I like it when I'm seated. So, yeah...I can, and sometimes do, have both with me.
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I wouldn't necessarily argue your point. The truth is, I have a shoulder holster for my Beretta, and the Keltec is almost always in my pocket...which isn't where I like it when I'm seated. So, yeah...I can, and sometimes do, have both with me.

haha very good... I have a PF-9 in my big automotive tool box since it always needs adjusting. Id like to have a spot for my 1911 on a couple mowers.
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haha very good... I have a PF-9 in my big automotive tool box since it always needs adjusting. Id like to have a spot for my 1911 on a couple mowers.
Had a guy work on my Keltec, telling me after he was done with it that it was junk, basically. It's failed to go BOOM on more than one occasion, but never in a hot-spot moment, thank God. And so I prefer my Beretta...because I trust it more than my Keltec, I can carry a whole lot of ammo with it, and the shoulder holster makes it relatively easy to hide in most situations.

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