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lee1959

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Now thats its getting colder here in Michigan I will be going into my winter mode which is normally a medium insulated hooded vest with my leather jacket and deerskin leather gloves, which is normally worn unzipped and open in the front, unless its really nasty, which can happen. The gloves are thin and most often unlined, except in, again, really nasty cold where I change to a pair of cashmere lined deerskin. 

I have taken my Lil Fox holster for the SP101 , also have this same holster for the Makarov and the Taurus 85 polyprotector, and adjusted the cant from an FBI cant to a negative cant and placed it in a crossdraw position. So far very comfortable. And positioned around front there are less layers to move so the draw is faster. 
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I use Footjoy Winter Golf Gloves.  Thin and made to grip and allow you to feel the grip.   Not the warmest gloves for our Michigan Winter but they are black leather and I use them as dress gloves.  I Will be hitting the range behind the house on the first morning we see 20 degrees to get some trigger time with them.   Which brings up the question for members in the northern states, "do you train with the gloves you wear"?
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Definitely shoot using the same gloves I wear. I have used these type gloves for many years for wingshooting, archery instead of a tab or shooting glove, and handguns in colder weather. 
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Which brings up the question for members in the northern states, "do you train with the gloves you wear"? 



Yes. USGI Trigger finger glove liners below 32F, and Trigger finger gloves when its really cold. For warmer, flight gloves. 
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The golf gloves is not a bad idea, but I would need some other type as I hate having the cuff of a glove up over my wrist constantly. I even have to fold back the open wrist of my leather gloves for normal wear. I can stand it out hunting or working where I need heavier wool to coer the thin skin of the wrist thus the viens there for extended periods. For those periods I tend to wear wool fingerless gloves and wool mittens on lanyards. When I need my hands I can easily pull off the mittens and drop them to hang from the lanyards. 

I find this setup works better than any pair of gloves alone. With gloves the fingers being seperated just is not an efficient method of keeping them warm in real cold, mittens work so much better. 
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I always have a few sets of the 'pop-over' glove-mitts around; I pick them up at work on clearance after hunting season. The wife & kids usually abscond with them by winter's end. I rely on USGI stuff because they don't take those-they will use them if desparate, but I always get 'em back. I have flight gloves, trigger finger liners, trigger finger gloves with liners, and the USAF "OMG it is COLD out mittens; You can actually slip the trigger finger gloves with liners inside them (with the mitt liners in) on the really cold days. 
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Hmmmm...what is this "cold" you folks keep talking about?  Here in Louisiana when it gets around 60 we talk about it being cold, but no need to break out the gloves![confused]
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Lets pick a weekend in February and everyone be a quest at David's down in Louisiana.   We can all thaw out then for at least a couple days.   If you can't take spicy hot food like me then bring your own because they even put Hot Sauce on their eggs in the morning down there.   I was in Kinder, LA for week of tactical training back in '97 and like to have starved.   So even if it got down to -15 there they would never know it because of all the hot spicy food they eat every single meal.  
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That sounds like a great idea, I can show how to eat grits, with cinnamon and sugar, my wife a displaced southerner insists they should be savory but YUCK...
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I get my wool gloves and mittens at a local traditional/primitive black powder shop where a woman makes them from wool she spins, and they are so warm and soft. I got a couple extra pairs because she talked every year about retiring down south. There are commercial versions but they pale in comparison. Speaking of which maybe I should go check because I think she just may have don't it this year now that I think about it, someone mentioned that. I still have a couple pairs...
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No, Lee, do not show anyone how to eat grits with cinnamon and sugar.  You are apt to cause the locals to rise up in indignation and threaten to kill us all.  I know that because, not being a Southerner originally, I made the mistake of fixing my breakfast rice "sweet" one day (butter, milk, sugar, cinnamon) and there was much rumbling and grumbling from the locals![frown]

As for coming down to visit, JD, sure, come on down.  I've got plenty of room in the barn for company.  In fact, everyone can help fix/upgrade the barn while you are there.  See what a kind and generous soul I am?
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Any one putting sugar, milk or anything other then Butter, Salt or Cheese   in grits should be barred from crossing South of the Mason Dixson Line.   And Cheese Grits should only be served with Catfish.   All the guys here know how to shoot but we sure need some eating lessons on this site.

I guess there are several issues with gloves.   I found out upon moving to Michigan from Florida that to work outside up here in winter a glove has to have three properties.   Warm, Flexible and Dry.  You can warm and dry but can't pick up anything with them.   You can get Flexible and dry but they are not warm.  You can get somewhat flexible and warm but once you get snow on them they are soaked. 

Since most of my carry is in the course of everyday activities I consider those gloves as dress gloves.  The Footjoy winter Golf Gloves pass nicely as dress gloves and are very flexible.   They provide basic warmth only and would not serve as winter work gloves or hunting gloves up here.

So keep the ideas coming as readers will hit on one that will suit them.   Ideas about winter carry that is.   We can scratch my idea for all of us going down and rebuilding David's Barn while he feeds up neck bones beans and rice and cornbread soaked in Tabasco and an occasional bowl of Gumbo made from local road kill.  Actually that doesn't sound bad leaving out the tabasco of course, but Members from the Northern states would starve and get no work done.

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Mmmmmmmm, gumbo
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On a more serious note (although the "rebuild the barn" offer still stands) Look into driving gloves.  They are not the warmest things out there, but they do provide a good level of feel and control while offering some protection.
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My deerskin gloves are very thin, I can pick up a dime with them. They are basically a driving glove except most driving gloves have a snap wrist which does not work with my watches well. The deerskin gloves I use have a slit on the side bottom of the wrist which allows me to fold the wrist back towards the palm. Leaving the wrist very free. 

I have tried Damacus ultrathin police search and shooting gloves and they work very well too. The only issue I have is the very tight fit at the wrist, but the wrist is low enough towards the palm where it did not bother my watch and bind up. 

And before anyone says it, lol no not wearing a watch is not an option, I am a watch freak. I have worked my way down to 10 watches, and cannot seem to get it lower. My oldest being a 1969 Bulova Snorkel, which is showing my age. The only time I don't wear a watch is the shower and hunting where I carry my granddads pocket watch. 

As far as eating goes, my wife would say that I eat too well, and probably too much lol, even after losing 100 lbs in the past 5 years since my dual hip replacements got me walking again. 
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