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  1. Galco/Jackass S&W Shoulder Holster

    I was thinking I should post a quick guide to those who want to put together a screen accurate shoulder harness from seasons three thru five. With the introduction of the Smith & Wesson 645-early at the beginning of third season, Crockett's Galco harness was upgraded with a holster for it and a new mag case. The first holster used was the 250/260 model, of which I have only every found ones stamped 260 on them: I didn't have any closeups of the holster, but this is the harness as it appeared in the first three episodes. This holster was used in El Viejo, When Irish Eyes Are Crying, and Shadow in the Dark as they were the first three episodes shot that season (the airing order was pretty out of whack this season). The next episode shot was Baby Blues, but we can't see which holster he uses in that episodes. The fifth episode was Stone's War which the replacement holster was introduced for the 645-early, a 262/192: The Galco 260 holster I have is shorter in length and hangs the sidearm more horizontal than diagonal compared to the 262 holster. I believe the 260 holster is for the compact 45 model, and the 262 was for the full size 645. This holster continued to be used into 5th season with the S&W 645-INT 3rd Gen auto. This is commonly referred to as a 4506, but this was actually an interim run of the new generation of .45 of which the first 450 or less were hand assembled or test assembled on the line and stamped "645": These holsters had the two piece plastic attachments to the harness that had the Jackass logo molded on them. This rig is often times referred to as a Jackass rig, but the company name had changed to Galco Gunleather by this time and the logos were just leftover on the molds from previously. The harness is often referred to as the Miami Classic too, which is incorrect as it was not called that until around 1989 when they changed the holster design. The original strap to this system was a thick over shoulder strap which was used for one episode (Bought and Paid For) in season two. But it was switched to a thin strap model by the next episode for the Bren Ten holster. This may have been a custom setup requested by Don Johnson at the time, and may have been the reason Galco then adopted a thin strap design too. The plastic connector between the four straps was stamped with the new Galco name and logo: The straps are a bit thicker on these early harnesses compared to the new ones available today. They also differ from present ones with the screw fasteners. The current ones are a black faced screw with a round back, where as the old Galco fasteners were a natural steel face with a square back: The cuff case was not present for the first two episodes filmed, but it was added sometime during Shadow in the Dark: On the inside of the cuff case is the stamped model number of A1412, and it differs from the modern SC7 which has black painted snaps while the A1412 has steel finish snaps: I just put a set of modern S&W cuffs in the case. I'm not sure if there is a difference between the ones you buy new today and those from the 1980s. The final piece of the rig is the mag case. This is a tough one to get as it appears to be a custom item designed specifically for his 645-early metal bottom and follower mags. It has the top fold of the leather and plastic retainers of the previous Jackass brand case. But the bottom of the case resembles the early Galco cases like the A1410, but the plastic pieces still have the Jackass logo molded on the cuff case retainer and the harness retainers: If you have an early Jackass mag case and a Galco A1410 case, you may be able to get a leather shop to use the A1410 plastic pieces for a custom case, and have them use measurements off the two cases to make a pattern for the custom case that was screen used. The places to find these components are eBay, gunbroker.com, and armslist.com online. They pop up pretty frequently enough that I've picked quite a few examples of each. I hope those instructions and descriptions made enough sense to people so that they can assemble their own harness for their S&W 645-early or 645-INT.
  2. Crockett's carry condition on handguns

    I have been working on my Smith & Wessons (645-early, 645-INT, 6906-early) lately, doing some polishing on parts for smother action and considering spring changes. Trying to avoid grip changes to keep external authenticity of the Crockett sidearms. And I realized inside the 2nd and 3rd gen S&W autos, there is firing pin safety that only releases the firing pin under full trigger pull. I've been carrying these DA/SA in condition 2 (conditions listed below) with the de-cocker safety engaged. Given the nature of the Galco 262 shoulder holster, having the 645s fall out is a concern as the thumb snap has tricked me a few times into thinking it was fastened but was only partly. I've never had a drop tho, but an ND (negligent discharge) is a concern. However with this pin safety, I realized the hammer resting on it is not a concern like it is on a 1911. So I went back to watch a few episodes to see the condition Crockett carried in, for both the 645s and the 6906. There are several clear views of the 645 being drawn in C2 with the de-cocker off, and in Asian Cut when he pulls the 6906 and hands it to Trudy it is clearly in C2. On the S&W, this is probably the way to carry it as you really have three safeties (not counting the mag disconnect) of the DA pull of the trigger, the internal firing pin safety, and the de-cocker. The de-cocker on is redundant, as dropping it on the barrel or hammer will not move the pin out, only pulling the trigger will. Which is a bear to pull DA, so accidental trigger pull is almost impossible. I haven't used a trigger scale on mine, but I've seen them pull 12 lbs on some videos online. I don't have a Bren Ten, or a Detonics Combat Master Mark VI (yet). So I don't have any hands on experience with these. I did know that the SA Detonics was meant to be carried in either condition 1 or 2. I know from 1911s in the Army, we carried them in the GI holster in C3 at all times unless imminent combat when it is C1. But Crockett is clearly carrying the Detonics in the ankle holster in C2 in many scenes, which is a no-no on other 1911s. I looked around a little to see why the Detonics could be carried in C2 and regular 1911s not, and the only difference I could find was a stronger firing pin spring in the Detonics keeping the pin back. I went back to watch the Devo montage from Heart of Darkness for the Bren Ten prep. Crockett loads the mag, racks the slide, then pulls the trigger with his thumb on the hammer just as it cuts to Tubbs. I watched it a few times to see if he uses the slide mounted firing pin block safety when he de-cocks the hammer with the trigger. His thumb is on the part of the slide with the safety button, so it's possible it is engaged when he lowers the hammer. This seems wise, as a slip of the thumb could sink the St Vitus Dance otherwise. The one thing I can't tell on both of these is if he carries them with the on-frame thumb safety either on or off? Obviously to use the SA Detonics he has to cock the hammer first, so working the safety, which is usually used for C1, may be redundant. Since he is using the Bren Ten in C2 DA/SA, he may not have the thumb safety on with DA, as it has an internal firing pin safety like the S&Ws. Anyone notice Crockett's thumb motion on draw? Any scenes that show him using the thumb safety on either? So it seems like Crockett carries in true C2 on all his sidearms (assuming he doesn't use the thumb safety on the Bren Ten and Detonics). I was considering a spring swap on the trigger and hammer to decrease the DA pull. So when I draw and flip the de-cocker, I don't have to thumb the hammer. Just focus on front and line up rear sights then wrap finger and pull DA. But maybe I should leave the de-cocker off and just rely on the stiffer DA for safety just like Crockett? I am going to try a less stiff recoil spring to see if that improves my follow up shots either way. For those unfamiliar with Cooper's conditions: Condition 0 - round chambered, magazine in, hammer cocked, safety off (ready to fire) Condition 1 - round chambered, magazine in, hammer cocked, safety on (cocked and locked) Condition 2 - round chambered, magazine in, hammer down (DA/SA) Condition 3 - chamber clear, magazine in, hammer down (Israeli carry) Condition 4 - chamber clear, magazine out, hammer down