Old Guy in Montana writes . . .
I lived and worked in El Paso for decades. During that time I was a frequent customer of El Paso Saddlery. Finally, I asked Bobby McNellis, the owner, if Eugenio could make me a plainclothes rig with floral carved pigskin. What you see is the result. It’s pretty much my Sunday go to meeting outfit these days.
The SIG P220 (purchased in 1987 after my department approved .45 ACP as a duty cartridge) has been a workhorse. It is unquestionably the smoothest, most accurate .45 auto that I’ve ever owned.
The SIG’s current fodder is Remington’s Golden Saber 185 grain JHP (185’s always seemed to shoot easier through the SIG). Commemorating the SIG’s 25th year in service, I gave it a makeover courtesy of the SIG armorers…all new internals and really bright night sights.
After destroying a number of watches on duty, I started using the Timex Expeditions over 20 years ago. Small, light, durable as heck with a face that lights up in the dark instead of little, tiny luminous dots. They last about 4 to 5 years and then another $27. It’s the perfect, disposable cop watch.
The Peerless hinged cuffs are my old backup cuffs. This ensemble is covered during cooler weather by an Ariat thermal vest.
I had already moved to Montana when Bobby passed away in 2003…I offer this photo in remembrance of a great guy who made great leather goods and who always had a moment to BS with a customer. RIP old friend.
[This post is part of our series, What I’m Carrying Now. If you’d like to submit a photo and description of the gun, holster and gear you’re carrying in the new world in which we live, send it to us at [email protected] with WICN in the subject field.]