Junk on the bunk for a rare trip…

…to the biggish town about 35 miles away. Which meant I had to actually dress like a townie…

…which is not the problem it was years ago when I lived on 30 bucks a week and wore rags. At the end of last winter I finally retired my winter jeans, which were mostly patches, in favor of new. So this time I didn’t even have to change pants. Shirt and belt gear were something else, but no big deal. Just doesn’t happen very often, and so it tends to put me into a ‘junk on the bunk’ mood…

This is my ‘townie’ rig, somewhat less comical than what I wear every day around the Gulch…

…with the winter crossdraw that lets me get at the pistol under a coat. It was a gift from a reader maybe five years ago and it took me quite a long time to warm up to it. I don’t really like a crossdraw most of the time because it seems like the pistol is always getting in my way – but it solves the annual problem that I can’t even get my pistol out of my everyday holster from under a coat.

And that particular holster was on my mind this particular trip…

…because I had means and opportunity to maybe replace it at last. It’s locally made and a very nice holster: It fit the Tracker perfectly but is a little short for my L-frame. I wanted a new one exactly like it but just a touch longer to protect the muzzle.


…well, you know the drill. My old holster is safe for the present.

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6 Responses to Junk on the bunk for a rare trip…

  1. I have that same excellent pocketknife.

  2. Benjamin says:

    Any sage advice from Uncle Joel for a northerner going into the desert? I visited Arizona some time ago and have been trying to get back for years. Flying into Phoenix and riding my bikepacking rig east and then south on the AZT and some other trails. I’ll be checking out smallish towns for a place to settle as I go. It would be great to get back to the high desert but with only a tent I’ll be sticking to the southern third of the state until spring.

    Though I haven’t commented much in the past few years, I’ve kept reading and always appreciate your posts.

  3. Joel says:

    Yeah, if you want to visit the high desert wait for May or June. The winter weather likes its drama.

    Taking a chance with that can cause trouble.

  4. Terrapod says:

    A while back, when you were having some water sourcing adventures, I think you mentioned a leather and horse tackle guy in St. Johns. Maybe he can make you a longer holster like the one in the picture? That or the internet is your friend.

  5. Bobby Dazzler says:

    @ Benjamin

    Check out Payson…. about 2 hours out of Phoenix/Tempe. I doubt it ever happens for me, but it’s on my list of places to live.

  6. anonymous says:

    Benchmade makes decent knives.

    Simply Rugged holsters makes a leather holster worth looking at. Sourdough Pancake. Here is a link to it. They are based in Arizona so shipping shouldn’t be too difficult.


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