BBQ EDC Colt Carry? – Everyday Carry Pocket Dump of the Day

A BBQ gun is, traditionally, a fancy gun you tote on a special occasion. Conversely, most people who carry a mohaska on a daily basis don’t carry a fancy one.

In this pocket dump, SLD of Michigan blends the two. Here’s what he had to say about the gear you see above that he calls, retro BBQ everyday carry, including that sweet Colt Detective Special snubbie:

For our 40th anniversary and my 60h birthday we decided on a late 70’s and early 80’s themed BBQ. All things worn and carried were to be things you carried or wore during that time period, if you could do so. Otherwise, it was improvisation.

All these items I used were things I owned during that time period, the exception being the Bulova Snorkel, nicknamed the “Devil Diver” because of its 666 feet water rating. I spent an entire summer in the early 70s mowing lawns to purchase the original one, only to have it stolen from a shower in a KOA camp in Arizona several years later. The one shown was purchased as a replacement a decade ago and is a favorite to this day.

The penlight is amazingly dim but was rather useful “back in the day”. The PaperMate Pen was bought by a girlfriend for my freshman year of high school and used all four years. It was only replaced for college by a Cross which I use to this day.

The Colt was the handgun I learned to shoot with and was not carried until after I was 21 in the very early 80s. Then it was carried mostly upon visits to Detroit and Flint, since concealed carry was not exactly legal.

The holster is a primitive attempt at a paddle holster. It uses a thick flap of leather to slip under the belt, not exactly the most secure holster I have used, it is functional. The dump pouch was very handy, while a primitive slow method by todays standards, it did at least allow for functional carry of reloads.

One lucky thing for me, for the party, was, I ran more to jeans, cowboy boots and flannel shirts more than silly platform shoes and leisure suits.


  1. avatar jwm says:

    Flashback. Deja Vue.

    1. avatar Rick the Bear says:

      I thought that I had seen this previously.

    2. avatar Madcapp says:

      The “barbecue gun” concept is so preposterous, so blatantly immature. Who coined that phrase, was it Farago? Who looks at that phrase and takes it seriously? And then goes on to parrot it? What thinking person isn’t offended by the absurdity of it?

      1. avatar Jeff In CO says:

        I like my Python’s and Anaconda’s at barbecue’s medium-rare. You?

        1. avatar possum destroyer of arachnids says:

          I will takem any way I can get em, most times their belly up sun roasted on a road

      2. avatar merlin grayman says:

        relax, dude.
        no one is making you call it a ” barbecue gun. ”
        you can call it a ” burger and fries gun. “

      3. avatar Barn Animal says:

        You apparently have never tried lubing your gun in BBQ sauce.

        1. avatar Geoff “Guns. Lots of guns.” PR says:

          “You apparently have never tried lubing your gun in BBQ sauce.”

          MattV2099 has.

          Well, hot sauce, anyways :

      4. avatar merlin grayman says:

        relax, dude.
        no one is making you call it a ” barbecue gun. ”
        you are welcome to call it a ” burger and fries gun ”
        if you like.
        or perhaps a ” beef stew gun, ” ” pork and beans gun, ” ” fried chicken gun, ” ” or even a” biscuits and gravy gun. ”
        it is entirely up to you.
        oh … and don’t worry … we will all take you seriously.

        1. avatar possum destroyer of arachnids says:

          This here’s my Whiskey drinkin gunm.

      5. avatar Specialist38 says:

        Please. The term has been around since before Farago knew what a 1911 existed.

        Sunday-go-to-meeting gun? High zoot gun? Fancy gun? Putty gun?

        Just jargon and we like jargon. Suppressor – can. Trigger – bang switch. Barrel – pipe.

        It’s no big deal. Hope your young enough to get over it and quit taking yourself so seriously. Cause I sure don’t.

  2. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    A Dick Special will get you home.

  3. avatar daveinwyo says:


  4. avatar HellBilly says:

    This was just up like two weeks ago.

  5. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Cmon….no retreads.

  6. avatar Will Drider says:

    Repeat EDC article, must be getting short on quality submissions.

    1. avatar SoCalJack says:

      The only updates to my EDC are a new holster, belt and the +1 magguts. Somewhat of a boring EDC due to the cheap wallet, pen, knife, light, watch and wedding band:

      1. avatar No One Special says:

        That holster looks pretty trick. I’m curious how you like having your spare magazine on your strong side?

        1. avatar SoCalJack says:

          It’s an AIWB holster (at 12:30 position) so I draw the spare mag with my left hand. Pros:
          Fast spare mag unholster.
          Can be done from sitting position.
          Spare mag doesn’t get left at home.
          Maybe a plus, can unholster with right hand just like the gun.

  7. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    I’ve read EDC post for awhile now. Don’t remember this one. If that’s real stag he’s good to go. Plastic? Not so much. I have two BBQ pistols and one BBQ revolver. All wear elephant ivory. It’s a Southern thing (borrowed from the west, but after all, Texas Rangers captured John Wesley Hardin on a train in Pensacola, FL.) If you don’t understand it, you don’t belong in the south.

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        Holy Cow, you’re right. I Did comment on it. Guess you don’t ever forget anything. If you do I guess you Google it. I don’t. And it is still relevant. Even with plastic grips. I spend a lot of time every day talking to guys about firearms, hunting, fishing, etc. (half hour with a friend today about his week long fishing trip to the Keys beginning tommorw) or doing it. Still, my comment was reference this time was elephant ivory on a BBQ pistols. Sorry for your luck if you don’t have one. Ivory has gotten really expensive. I think I paid $650 for the one piece ivory on my Colt SAA nearly 20 years ago. But, I appreciate you archivists.

        1. avatar possum destroyer of arachnids says:

          Plastic, , , worked at a meat packing plant, holding a knife all day, your hands would hurt. Company went to plastic handled knives and after two weeks I quit. Them plastic handled was going to wreck my hands. You wouldn’t think thered be that much difference between wood and plastic, same for the shovels, plastic= hurt

        2. avatar Miner49er says:

          Opossum, I miss the ash handles of the shovels of my childhood but I really like the plastic coated fiberglass shovels, which are nearly unbreakable. I’m one of the few people I know who can really use a shovel to dig a hole, spent a lot of time out by the highway, a place where nobody goes.

        3. avatar possum destroyer of arachnids says:

          You too, I’ve changed my hair style so many times I don’t know what I look like.

    1. avatar SLD says:

      The grips are real vintage stag. The Snorkel basically created what I like in watches to this day. It is still my favorite, and I wrestle with shelling out the cash to buy the redo of it that Bulova brought out this past year.

      The dump pouch is not something I would use today, but it was a viable solution 40 odd years ago.

  8. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Otherwise, cool. Trade the dump pouches for speed loaders. After that I would carry that load out any day.

    1. avatar No One Special says:

      I bought some HKS speedloaders for my S&W 69 Combat Magnums that I honestly thought would work better than what they do. Too fiddly to get the rounds to drop free into the cylinder. Now I’m most likely going to have the cylinders machined for moon clips instead. Hoping to make for a faster reload as well.

  9. avatar No One Special says:

    I posted a new one a little over a week ago now probably, entitled EDC Options O’Plenty that would probably give some a coronary or stroke. Especially after the comments on the don’t carry more than one gun article with two very different guns mentioned of all things. I’m still scratching my head on that one. I’d still be interested in what the opinions are though whether pro or con. Over on Everyday Carry not many comments just likes.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, that’s gonna have some people’s panties in a wad for certain.

      Well played.

      1. avatar No One Special says:

        If you are interested here’s a link. I honestly don’t understand the carry only one gun mentality. I have six that I switch out between, four semiautomatics with the exact same manual of arms and two revolvers. Like others said on that article, when I leave the house I never forget what I’m carrying or how to operate it.

        1. avatar strych9 says:

          I had already looked at it. That’s why I was laughing so hard.

          Unlike a lot of the other people here I actually do travel over to the EDC site to see the original posts and I belong to EDC so as soon as I knew the name of the post it was easy to find.

          Still hilarious and I’m still chuckling over the reaction that’s going to provoke.

  10. avatar possum destroyer of arachnids says:

    It’d be a privilege to be shooted by a gunm like that

  11. avatar bryan1980 says:

    If it’s a repeat, I missed it the first time around. I kind of like this get-up; I’m a watch guy (divers in particular), so I love the Snorkel. And who couldn’t love a Dick Special in nickel??

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