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SLD from Michigan sends us this stuff he carried for a 70s-themed barbecue to celebrate a pair of milestones in his life.  Courtesy of Everyday Carry.

Folks, this one ranks as extra cool.  Here’s what SLD wrote of this set-up:

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 today’s 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.

Wow.  That little Eveready penlight brings back memories and I love that stag-gripped Colt Detective Special.

Extra nice and congrats on both the birthday and the anniversary, SLD!





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  1. That has to be the coolest EDC I’ve seen and is still relevant today. It doesn’t have to be made out of plastic to be a defensive handgun.

  2. In the early 70’s I traded a TT-33, complete with provost marshal’s paperwork, for a NIB Dick Special. In the days of the iron curtain ammo was hard to get for the commie gun.

    If memory serves I paid 3 bucks a box for .38’s.

  3. The holster appears similar to a vintage basket weave J frame that I have with an over the belt leather clasp. It’s made by Bucheimer. It’s so 1960’s. The Colt detective special with the stag grip is cool! Fitted with a Tyler grip, even cooler.

  4. Rocking it old school and keeping it real. A Dick Special will bring you home every night.

    • Thank you brother, the most important thing I now these days is…

      It sucks getting old and calling the stuff of your youth vintage lol.

  5. Really cool. Brings back memories.

    And makes me realize how good things are now for holsters and reloads.

  6. Doubly cool! A great time capsule, and still functional today. I haven’t posted here in a while but this was compelling.

  7. A .38 snubbie will always be a good option; it has withstood the test of time.

    But my question is this: Did he also load it with period ammo, or a more modern variety?

    • I still have a box of Remington .38 special, 158 grain lead round nose that I purchased at Woolco in 1976. A hammer shroud for the Colt detective special would fit right in.

    • The rounds in the dump pouches look like CCI Blazer (aluminum), so those are definitely not period.

    • Period ammo was long ago shot up. And it was not worth trying to find simply for a BBQ. But if I woulda had these rounds I probably would have carried them back then…

  8. no mention of the knife.
    my second knife was an imperial with a clip and a spey.
    carbon steel japanese. it is one of the many reasons i prefer lockblades.
    after fixed.

  9. Yeah, I feel ya about packing in Flint and Detroit around that time. Was there when Detroit was in flames and Nat’l Guard called out. Crazy times.

  10. Sorry if I missed the knife originally. The knife is an Imperial Frontier model I bought around 1975. I carried it in the generic Kmart replacement pouch for probably close to a decade before replacing it.

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