ld friend Mike Conti is a secondgeneration cop, now retired, he’s also the rangemaster at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (yup, that MIT). Mike’s known for his innovation in training in the LE world, but this latest book is simply a romp of a read centering around real-world FBI agent and legendary gunfighter Delf “Jelly” Bryce. If you like historical fiction, and enjoy reading about the real-world exploits of the famous LE gunfights of the late 1920’s through the 1940’s, here’s your chance to have a great time. For a first novel, Mike does a stand-up job and since he’s a gunguy, all the gun-related stuff is spot-on, which always makes a read like this even better. Find it at www.sabergroup. com or call (978) 749-3737. Jelly bryce book o M arc Morganti of Gemini Customs sent me this picture of his “Alaskan” model, based on a Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum revolver. This version has his conversion to use full-moon clips and is engraved, but being custom guns, you can have yours however you like. I think Marc’s work is always a delight to the eye and they always run and shoot as well as they look. Check out his website for lots more goodies at www.geminicustoms.com. EyE Candy was visiting buddy Robbie Barrkman at Robar not i long ago and happened to see this Gunsite 1911 pistol “Instructor” certificate on his wall. I commented it was First-ever instructor Certificate eems I’m always climbing onto a tractor, ATV or E-Z-Go around here but hate to be unarmed (I like a bit more than the .22 I usually keep in each one), so often tend to wear some sort of revolver if the mood strikes. Some time ago Karla Van Horn of Purdy Gear made me this great crossdraw rig (my favorite kind) as it keeps things out of the way, yet allows good access when sitting. This is a sort of second version of one she made to my rough idea for an N-Frame some time ago. Oddly enough she calls it “Roy’s Field Rig” and offers it or some rendition of it on her website. This one is a sort of “polished” rough out leather with trim around the mouth. The gun is a Freedom Arms Model 97 in .45 Colt with a 3.5" barrel, just the right size for this sort of rig. S Hip Hugger ennis at P2K range in San Diego, sent me this. He asked if I thought it was a good idea and tactically sound. I told him sure it was, I always thought having a red-dot sight on my survival knife made perfect sense, but could never figure out how to best mount it. I think Dennis solved the problem neatly by simply welding a steel base right onto the serrated back-strap of the knife. Then you can bolt on any dot sight, or even a high magnification cross-hair optic if you plan on long-distance knife fighting. I think any real “Operator” or “Tier One” type needs one of these to go with their 16-pound AR-15 loaded with goodies on it, “Night Ops” goggles, “real” combat boots and “certified” BDU pretend-wannabe-uniform. Dennis thinks there may be a use for “blinding lasers embedded into the toes of combat boots” and wanted my opion on that. I assured him there’d be a market for those too. Stay tuned. Tactical Knife/Sight Combo D sPeakIng oF roBar . W hile visiting, Robbie also showed me two hot new offerings. Their brandspanking new RC1911 CQB 1911 pistol and the ground-breaker polymer receiver PolymAR-15 rifle. Here I’m holding the first prototype rifle as Robbie poses, grinning, since he knows how cool the rifle really is. I found the slender fore-end design to be comfortable and and the light weight a real plus. The rifles will come with a guarantee of subMOA accuracy (in 5.56 caliber) and have a rugged and ultra-lightweight heavy duty glass-filled polymer receiver assembly. MSRP is $1,495 from Robar and is a great price for this sort of build quality and accuracy. They also showed me their new RC1911 CQB. It’s a 1911 “system” using the new Marine Corps model built by Colt as a design base. Among the many custom touches are complete match-grade components and the ability to have a red dot mini-sight mounted onto the slide. The custom RC1911 is $2,895 MSRP from Robar and for an additional $800 you can get a matching/fitted slide cut for the mini red-dot sight. Or, you can have the sight installed on the base gun/slide assembly. Keep in mind this is a true custom gun so you can have different colors and different options installed. There’s lots more info on their website at www.robarguns.com. * 105 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM theinsider nifty, as it was dated April 23, 1977, very early in Gunsite’s existence. Robbie made the off-hand remark, “Oh, yeah, it’s also the first 1911 Instructor certificate Jeff ever gave out. Cool, huh?” Cool would be a good word for it, Robbie. Also, not many know Robbie was also Gunsite’s first full-time gunsmith on-site. Now that was in the old days!