Kilted to Kick Cancer 2014!

Once again, Guns & Coffee is Kilted to Kick Cancer!

Donations can be made on the

Please check "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team" and select "Team Guns & Coffee" from the drop-down menu.

Also keep in mind-
Kilted to Kick Cancer is proud to announce we have received the stamp of approval from the IRS to operate under section 501(c)(3) of the revenue code.
Short version: The money you donate to help us spread the word about cancer risks for guys and gals alike…it’s tax deductible now!
Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

PC Deal

If you're looking for a great deal on a quality US made plate carrier, TAG is clearancing out their stock of Banshee carriers.

I've been using one for a couple years now, zero bad things to say.

Monday, September 1, 2014

KtKC Day 1

I'm on my last week of overnight shifts, so not much excitement. However Simon approves of the mission statement.

I have many leather-bound books, and my apartment smells of rich mojogany.
Donations can be made on the

Please check "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team" and select "Team Guns & Coffee" from the drop-down menu.

Also keep in mind-
Kilted to Kick Cancer is proud to announce we have received the stamp of approval from the IRS to operate under section 501(c)(3) of the revenue code.
Short version: The money you donate to help us spread the word about cancer risks for guys and gals alike…it’s tax deductible now!
Thank you for your support!

Kilted to Kick Cancer 2014 Kick Off!

Once again, For the entire month of September I will be wearing a kilt (when I am not required to be in a uniform) to help raise awareness and funding for Testicular and Prostate Cancers.

I love this cause so much, I got married in a kilt!

1 in 7 men will be affected by Prostate Cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 250 men will be diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in theirs.  As with all cancers, early detection and treatment are key to survival.  The point of KtKC is to raise that awareness, inform men of these risks, and urge them to get checked.

I will be wearing a kilt, but what can you do to help?

You can get yourself a sweet outfit and enjoy a pants-free lifestyle too, but more importantly you can donate to help fund awareness campaigns and research into fighting these diseases.  Simply go to the Kilted to Kick Cancer Donate page and make your tax deductible donation today! Please remember to check "This donation is made as part of a Fundraising Team" and select "Team Guns & Coffee" from the drop-down menu as well, since there is a bit of a friendly competition going between us bloggers to see who can raise the most.

Your support is greatly appreciated, and get checked!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kilted Review!

As September quickly approaches, kilts are once again on the blogosphere's mind, and I'm sure that many of you will be curious about where to get your own non-bifurcated leg garments.  Heritage of Scotland has quickly become my "go-to" kilt shop, and they were kind enough to recently provide a few items for me to review.

Going through their well stocked shop, I settled on some of the key basics to a kilted outfit.  A kilt, matching flashes, and a good pair of hose.  Just add a sporran and kilt pin to the mix and you'd be set!

For your money, it's darn near impossible to beat their 8 yard Polyviscose casual kilt.  Typically less than $70 (depending on exchange rates) you're getting a heck of a kilt.  I wanted to add a splash of color to my mix this year and went with the Stewart Royal tartan.

Image from Heritage of Scotland

The kilt is loaded with features.  Three leather straps with chromed buckles, along with 3" belt loops-

Sewn down pleats to keep them nice and sharp-

Lined waistband with hanger loops-

Snazzy double-fringed apron-

Hand crafted kilt pin not included*

Depending on where you shop, I've seen these options on "custom" kilts add anywhere from $20 to $60 in price.  Sizing is spot on with their instructions, and I'd lean towards the snug size, as the straps give more adjustability than you think.  I could probably get away with a size smaller if I wanted.

The 16 oz. material wears well, and is very comfortable.  It has just enough weight to hang right and keep its shape, but still breathes well and isn't itchy like traditional wool can be.  The most I've had to do with any of mine is a light touch with a warm iron to sharpen up some of the pleats (no matter how hard I try, I still get them a little messed up when sitting down sometimes.)

If you're looking for a good "entry level kilt" and aren't too picky on the tartan, this is the kilt for you.

Something that really rounds out the kilt outfit is a quality set of hose (socks for us Yanks) and complimentary flashes.  Sure, you can wear just about any knee length socks and some Doc Marten's, but it's the little things that make you look sharp.  The "plain" Gents Kilt Hose HoS offers are along the same lines as the kilt, high quality for a comparatively low price, really anything but plain.  There's something about the cable-knit pattern on the cuffs that really finishes off the look.

They are available in a wide variety of colors, and I went with the black for the versatility.  White or cream would also work, but I think that's a bit too formal for day wear and black will match any tartan.

Flashes pull double duty, both helping to keep your socks up, and to add another little splash of color to compliment your kilt. I went all out and got matching Stewart Royal tartan flashes, but you can always get solid color ones in the primary color of your kilt's tartan.

HoS has a decent selection of tartan flashes to match most of the casual kilts. They feature an elastic band to keep them snug around your calf, and are adjustable thanks to the hook and loop (Velcro) closure.  If you're shelling out for one of the less common tartans, they can hook you up too.  If you're getting tartan flashes it's always a good idea to get them at the same time as the kilt too, as the colors and material will be consistent between them.

Nicely finished with a good backing to prevent fraying.

As I mentioned earlier, simply add a sporran and kilt pin to the above items, and you're good to go.  Of course you can always add a belt and a vest and look damn good too while you're at it (forgive the harsh flash... it was late into the beer tasting party we hosted a couple weeks ago...)

(The socks are less "see through-y" in person...
the flash just really brings out the pasty skin
my Third-shift schedule has given me...)

Heritage of Scotland is a great source for any of your kilted needs, and I will be proud to wear this one as I continue to crusade against cancer this coming month.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Very interesting concept.

I like the idea, especially since I tend to harp on the whole "get the stock where it belongs" thing.  Ideally they'll introduce a buttpad that can swap out with the Magpul unit on most of their stocks.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Science of Quiet

Really just gun porn with some good voice-over, but definitely worth the time.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Hornady Ammo Recall

Hornady recently announced a recall of certain 9mm Critical Duty ammunition. The ammo is described as:
  • Hornady Critical Duty
  • 9mm +P 135 grain
  • item# 90226
  • lot# 3141635
  • shipped from factory between 6/5/14 and 7/16/14
The ammo may have light or no powder charges.

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Not saying names, but we found out how 9x19 Tulammo holds up through a .40s&w Sig today. Gun was not effective, but it made for a good malfunction drill!

Friday, August 1, 2014


I know Taurus was trying to fix their image a while back, and it's nice that they implemented a good warranty program... but... $76 shipping kind of kills the "free service" on your $400 revolver.  It's seriously cheaper (if I can find one in stock....) to buy a new cylinder and install that myself (the problem is a mar in one of the chambers, causing the empties to fire-form to the crap-tastic machine mark and not want to eject.)

Once again, the lack of locally owned dealers sucks.

On a related note- S&W is awesome... they just give you a pre-paid shipping label.  Only cost me the gas to Mosinee (nearest FedEx office.)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ruger LC9s

Got an email from Ruger today, they introduced the "LC9s", a new version of their single-stack pocket 9 with a striker system rather than the DAO trigger setup on the original.

Supposedly it has a much better trigger and fits in LC9 holsters.  More importantly (to me,) they deleted the crap-tastic LCI flag and just went with a little viewing port.  Still has a mag disconnect (darn) but they've included an "inert magazine for safe disassembly."

Looks like a good option for a small gun.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Here's some shaky, sometimes blurry video of some vintage cars making lots of noise. (Still getting use to the oddities of using a dSLR for video... and blanked on bringing a tripod...)


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Off to the races!

Vintage weekend at Road America. Very cool cars, and just as cool to be able to explore my wife's old stomping grounds. Great way to spend a birthday!
Some more potato pics, but tons (literally thousands. And I use that word correctly) of pictures on the 'real' camera to convert and dump on some sort of online sharing deal after we get home.
Timber Rattlers game tomorrow.
Tacticool at its finest.

Can't get any closer than this to live race cars!

Friday, July 18, 2014


Potato pic... but there will be real ones when I get home and edit the raws.

Down in Elkhart Lake, WI for the Vintage Race at Road America because tomorrow is my birthday and I like old cars.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Game 2

So far another close one. Last night we won (just barely), right now we're down by one...


Sounds like I'd get along with the Swedes pretty well.  I like the sounds of a mid-day coffee break.


ALL the beef. Somehow I just crammed a quarter of a cow in the two freezers. I suggest investing in charcoal if you're looking for stocks...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Army Pistols

Lots of talk about the Army (once again) not being happy with the ol' M9. Pretty legitimate reasons in my mind, but I don't think a caliber change is going to fix the issue.  A new pistol (with a rail... and a smaller grip... and not stupid backwards safeties or DA/SA... etc.) is needed, but also people need to realize that FMJ out of a pistol is going to always suck.

The overall challenge is finding something that all the new hip plastic pistols do (high capacity, lightweight, modular grip size would be nice...) that isn't a plastic frame (my vote would be a Sig P226 SAO in all honesty... even though they're not that light.)  I know how GIs treat M9s, and a plastic frame is not going to last long.  I doubt that'll happen though, probably just end up with some .40S&W Glock and go through it all again next time we go to war again.