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promises fulfilled

So Dennis of Dragon Leatherworks made Gay Cynic a holster, and the former requested that the latter wear it at the Boomershoot dinner… and he did: 

Yes, those are rhinestones… everywhere.  Yes, the buckle is even… better?  Yes, that is legitimate rabbit fur.  No, I will not be ordering one myself. 

I did, however, sport this shirt all day today: 

No, I am still not a brony; I can safely [...]

nraam day three

And now for your last daily picture dump: 

FuzzyKBP and I were trying to keep track of all the “big folks” we managed to meet this weekend… it is pretty impressive.  More at some point. 

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dwayne cassius pride’s holster and dragon leatherworks

As some of you may have seen last night, it looks like NCIS may or may not be spinning off to a new story location; namely, New Orleans.  In any case, the Big Easy’s branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is apparently headed by Dwayne Cassius Pride, who goes by “King”, and who happens to be played by none other than Scott Bakula – you know, Quantum Leap, Chuck, and some Star Trek thing [...]

i guess introductions are in order

So Better Half and I wandered back to Knoxville this past weekend, her for work stuff and me to hang out with some friends.  While there, I got to handle something I never thought I would see in person, much less touch: 

That is a positively beautiful 12 gauge / 12 gauge / .30-30 WCF Drillings made for Charles Daly by J.P. Sauer and Sons, before Sig joined the game, and let me [...]

dragon leatherworks and ncis

Everyone remember the all-of-maybe-one-second-of-airtime that Dragon Leatherworks’ spiffy lunchbox received during the NCIS episode “Playing With Fire”?  Well if that was hitting the bigtime (and it was), I do not even know how to categorize this: 

Note the banner on the upper right. 

Note the guy in the green shirt. 

Banner again. 

Really blurry banner. 

Behold the whole banner and the guy in the green [...]

honored american veterans afield fundraiser and giveaway, the sponsors

Once again, I would like to take a moment to thank all of my readers, commenters, and drop-by-ers for donating, spreading the word, and otherwise getting involved in the recent Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser I ran here. Despite these being rough financial times and despite tax day being just around the corner, we were able to raise $2190 for that outstanding organization.

At this point, I have been able to get all but [...]

hava fundraiser and dragon leatherworks

I promised you pictures today, and darned if I did not get them up in the nick of time: 

(Pictures taken with a new toy, which I dare say will work just fine.) 

What we have here is the very, actual holster Dragon Leatherworks is donating to the Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser I am running.  This one is made specifically to fit a 5” Ruger Blackhawk, but it will also [...]

usfa zip – not a review

[This post is a recounting of the events surrounding my attempt to test-fire the USFA ZiP pistol as I perceived and understand them, and is based off my own experience with the firearm as well as conversations with knowledgeable friends, gunsmiths, and ammunition manufacturers.] 

What follows is not a review of the United States Firearms ZiP pistol I received for test and evaluation recently; I have concluded that I will be passing on reviewing [...]

honored american veterans afield fundraiser and giveaway

This post will be sticky until the fundraiser concludes.  Please scroll down for new posts.

Current Total Donation Amount: (0700 01APR13)

$2190

The Rules:

The rules are a little different than last year’s exercise, so pay attention.

How to Earn a Ticket:

1.  Every five dollars you donate directly to Honored American Veterans Afield nets you one numbered ticket. 2.  DO NOT SEND ME MONEY.  All money and goods should go directly to HAVA. 3.  [...]

hava fundraiser, preliminary details

Regular readers will know that I have been hinting at a fundraiser for Honored American Veterans Afield next month, and plans are currently in the works to make that happen. 

However, experience and observation has shown that combining a giveaway with the fundraiser tends to work out better for the organization I am fundraising for, so I am working on that as well.  Thus far I have some patches (both E. TN MHI and [...]

russian origami t-shirts – grab them now!

Two-dozen shirts down, another sixty-odd to go before you all buy as many as you said you would. As if I needed further evidence that online polls are not scientific nor necessarily representative of reality.

In any case, the Russian Origami t-shirts are still for sale, and I still have inventory in all sizes (M-XXXL), so get your order in now! And I do mean that seriously, with not a lot of hyperbole – [...]

these soft cotton dresses feel kinda nice

Want to know how to help people not care – and possibly not even notice – that you are openly carrying a firearm in public?

This is how:

Yes, that is indeed one of the mythical 5.11 Tactical Duty Kilts. No, I have not yet gone out in public like that (though I am sorely tempted to wear it to work tomorrow). Yes, I made that hiking stick, contrary to Our Glorious [...]

dragon leatherworks, in the news

We all know that Dragon Leatherworks makes good holsters, but now more of Eastern Tennessee can find out (if you are using an RSS reader, you will probably have to click through to see the video):  

Yup, that would be Dennis, the proprietor, on regional television during prime-time on a Friday evening, and I have to admit that I am remarkably impressed at how positive and salutary the segment was. 

I mean, [...]

as seen on tv

A little birdie (who happens to have a good bit of leather dye on his hands) told me that WATE‘s “Made in Tennessee” segment just wrapped up filming at the headquarters of Dragon Leatherworks.

No real word on when the segment will air, but I will try to record it when it does.

Also, if that is not “normalization”, I do not know what is. And speaking of not knowing things, are you [...]

made it to the bigtime

Remember how I mentioned that Dragon Leatherworks was producing copies of the lunchbox he made for Abby Sciuto in NCIS? Well, that run of 500 is now open for your orders, and while not many have come in over the past month or so, something tells me if you want one, you might want to get your order in now.

Why?

Only because Dennis and his lunchbox got featured in the local dead-tree [...]

taurus pt740 slim – a mini-review

Back when I took Hapkido on a regular basis, we were taught very carefully to not only keep our fingers spread as much as possible (unlike Taekwondo, and despite being generally taught in the same schools, Hapkido is a very much open-handed style), but also to grip with only our middle, ring, and pinkie fingers, leaving our index finger available to "point" in the direction we wanted the grip to go.

On the one [...]

abby sciuto’s lunchbox

You see the lunchbox that NCIS’ Abby Sciuto (played by Pauley Perrette) is carrying here, in episode 9×22, “Playing with Fire”: 

If that is not terribly clear (and, unfortunately, it is not), she set it on her desk, as visible here: 

Well, as I might have mentioned before, Dragon Leatherworks produced that fine piece of leather craftsmanship… but here is the cool thing:  Starting on 01JUN12 (June 1st, 2012, for you [...]

in case you did not set your tivos

Do not forget – 2000 tonight, CBS (whatever channel that may be in your locale), NCIS, Abby Sciuto’s lunch box, courtesy of Dragon Leatherworks. 

[Update]In talking with Dennis, it would appear as though the prop master got his episodes mildly mixed up. From their titles, the one yesterday and the next two are all interrelated, so it figures that they were all probably filmed about the same time. The lunch box will still be [...]