Here’s a picture of my carry gun and its leather:
It has quite a bit in common with that gorgeous typewriter pictured in the post below.
- They’re both made of steel, and they both have a glossy black finish.
- They’re both exceptionally well-designed tools.
- They have both seen a few decades of reliable service, and carry the corresponding honest wear marks.
- They’re both likely to last long enough to be used by the current owners’ kids and grandkids.
- They’re both ideal for the exercise of various constitutional rights.
- Ownership and use of both are covered by the Bill of Rights, namely the First Amendment (for the Remington typewriter), and the Second Amendment (the Smith & Wesson revolver.)
- They both have serial numbers, and they have both been subject to registration and government control. (In the Soviet Union, typewriters were a controlled technology, and each typewriter was registered to its owner, with writing samples on file with the KGB.)
- They can both be used for good or evil, depending on the intent of the person operating them.
- Few politicians trust their citizens unconditionally with either. The more they allow the free use of one, the more they clamp down on the free use of the other, depending on political denomination. Almost no politician is comfortable with a citizen having unrestricted rights to both.
For those who think the First Amendment is more important than the Second, or vice versa, just remember that no gun ever made can write a speech or a newsletter, and no typewriter ever made can be used by a frail old grandmother to fight off a burglar. However, you can use either of those tools to defend your right to own and use the other, so both work best when they back each other up.
For those who are interested: that’s a S&W Model 13, a DeSantis Speed Scabbard, a DeSantis “Second Six” speedloader pouch, and a pair of Bianchi Speed Strips. Carry ammo is 158-grain .38 Special Winchester LSWCHP +P in the gun, and 125-grain .38 Special Winchester Silvertips in the loader and the strips–they don’t get a patina when carried in the pocket. I’ve used this ensemble for years now, and owner and equipment are well used to each other.