“I just carry in my belt, and my gun stays there just fine.”

“I carry my J-Frame revolver in my pocket, no problem!”

I hear those statements all the time, but I know of at least seven people who would disagree with the wisdom of not using a holster. We’ll get to them in a minute.

First, there are some very good reasons why a carry gun should always be in a holster unless you are in the act of shooting it. In my view, there are three critical functions that a proper holster performs. First, a holster protects the trigger, which helps lower the risk of negligent discharge. Second, a holster maintains the position of your handgun for quick and consistent access. Third, a holster helps ensure that your gun remains safely in your possession.

Let’s look at two common holster-less carry “positions” and explore what exactly makes them so bad.

1. Holster-less belt carry

When carrying a gun on your belt line, a good holster accomplishes all three objectives regardless of whether or not the holster is an active-retention design. It will cover the trigger, preventing hands or other objects from interfering with the trigger. It will keep the gun positioned exactly where you expect it. The combination of internal friction will help prevent your handgun from falling out, or in the case of inside the waistband carry, down your pants.

But don’t take my word for it.

Chandler, Arizona resident Joshua Seto damaged his gun with his girlfriend’s gun, and almost lost his life, by carrying in his waistband. Walking to a nearby convenience store, Seto stowed his girlfriend’s pink handgun in his front waistband, without a holster. At some point, the gun fired, the bullet striking Seto in the penis and continuing on into his left thigh. If you stop and think about the geometry, he’s lucky to be alive. Entering his thigh from an inside direction puts that bullet’s path right in femoral artery territory. “One [911] operator told Christopher to apply direct pressure to the wound with a dry towel or T-shirt, but to avoid looking at the wound.” In Seto’s words, “I did look at it. It was pretty bad.” Ouch.

A 51-year old man shot himself in the abdomen in the Snohomish-area of Washington state. As usual, the gun “accidentally went off.” As predictable, the man was carrying the pistol in his waistband.

Another man from the Seattle, Washington area managed to shoot himself in the testicles while at a neighborhood Lowe’s store. “The man’s handgun, which was in the waistband of his pants, went off at about 12:30 p.m.—an apparent accidental discharge,” according to Shannon Sessions, a Lynnwood police spokeswoman. Once again, the consequences of carrying a gun in the waistband reared their ugly head.

And you thought shopping at Wal-Mart was a painful experience? How about the Antioch, Tennessee man who shot himself in the leg while checking out at a local Wally World? You guessed it, he was carrying his .40 S&W pistol in the waistband, sans holster, and had to adjust the slipping gun in the checkout line. Apparently, the injury was relatively minor, but like the others, it was completely avoidable.

2. Holster-less pocket carry

While pocket carry without a holster may do a decent job of keeping a handgun in one’s immediate possession, that mode of carry doesn’t address the other two primary holster functions: protecting the trigger and keeping the gun oriented and consistently accessible. Pockets are notorious for collecting stuff—it’s what they do. Never, ever, ever dump a gun in a pants or coat pocket with other objects—that’s just asking for something to get caught up in the trigger guard. Even in a dedicated pocket, an unholstered gun tends to move and reorient itself. When you reach for that pocket semiauto, you might find it upside-down in your pocket as gravity wants to encourage the heavier grip area to move down.

But don’t take my word for it.

An unnamed Idaho State University instructor managed to shoot himself in the foot in one of the school’s chemistry labs. According to the news reports, “the gun in his pocket fired.” Clearly, the gun didn’t just “fire” as guns don’t do that of their own accord. None of the news reports specified the presence or not of a pocket holster, but odds are the teacher was carrying a gun in a pocket sans holster protection. Fortunately, the instructor’s wounds were not serious and no one else present was hurt. When carried in a proper pocket holster, it’s very difficult, and very unlikely, that a gun’s trigger can be activated in inadvertently.

An Altoona, Pennsylvania man shot himself in the hand during a church service. When the man stood, congregants heard what sounded like a gun shot, then witnessed the man handing his handgun to a nearby friend. “Police later determined that a man was legally carrying the handgun in his pocket with the safety off. As he stood up, the trigger became tangled in his pants, firing the weapon.” I know, it sounds unlikely that clothing or pocket contents can become so ensnared as to press a trigger, but here you have it.

Sebring, Florida resident David Mason had a minor fender-bender while pulling into a Checkers fast-food joint. Stuffing his .45 handgun into a pocket, he exited the vehicle to deal with the normal post-accident paperwork. Later, when he went to retrieve his gun from the pocket, he shot himself in the leg.

Sadly, I could go on all day with these stories. If you want a good “gun safety reminders” just Google “man shoots himself” and you’ll have a week’s worth of reading material. These are just a few of the hundreds of examples of no-holster-related negligent shootings from the past few years. I deliberately say negligent, not accidental, as most, or perhaps all, of these could have been prevented by use of a holster. I’m not even counting incidents caused by poor gun handling, just those involving carry without a proper holster.

Remember, folks, friends don’t let friends carry a gun without a holster!

Tom McHale is the author of the Insanely Practical Guides book series that guides new and experienced shooters alike in a fun, approachable, and practical way. His books are available in print and eBook format on Amazon.

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35 thoughts on “Concealed Carry Myths: You Don’t Need a Holster

  1. Have always carried my pistol in my pocket. Never has it not been in position not to be used immediately. Keep your pocket clean. There will alwats be lint no matter if pocket holster or not. Keep your gun clean. First get away from the automatics and glocks. They are only for show and egoists. A hammer revolver is overall suburb for use except for hammer catching on pocket. Proper removal with hand over hammer reduces this problem. A few practice withdrawals shows hand automatically covers hammer.A hammerless is even better. If a 5 shot only load 4 shells and leave the position of first fire blank. No problem if youare aware of it. Still my choice is a 38 with 2 inch barrell. Only wish manufactures redesigned the hammer to prevent snagging. I think most manufactures prevent firing if hammer is cocked and pistol is jarred without touching the trigger.

    1. Just because it never has happen doesn’t mean it can’t as far as gun safety goes carrying in anything but a holster or something made to carry a firearm is irresponsible. Why take away from limited firepower when you can fully load it and holster it. As a “egoist ” my G19 is always holstered.

      Revovlers = Cowboy wannabes

      1. Dude, I guess a “Revovler might be for a cowboy, but an ultra-light, concealed hammer J Frame or an LCR are both very viable revolvers for concealed carry. Just sayin’…

    2. “There will alwats be lint “, “First get away from the automatics and glocks. They are only for show and egoists.”, “A hammer revolver is overall suburb for use except for hammer catching on pocket.”, “If a 5 shot only load 4 shells and leave the position of first fire blank.”

      These statements are how you betrayed your own idiocy. For Christ’s sake, you would put all of those dumb-@$$ arguments up just to keep from buying an inexpensive pocket holster? Really? Do you not think there will be LESS lint in a properly maintained pocket holster? Automatics AND Glocks? No comment, dip$hit… (okay, to toss you a clue, do you think a Glock is a revolver or an AUTOMATIC?) Superb EXCEPT? Do you not kind of think a superlative such as SUPERB is best reserved for examples which AREN’t followed by EXCEPT? And really, to avoid using a pocket holster you would advocate downloading by 20%? Carry 4 rounds instead of 5?

    3. Some of these knuckleheads will disagree with you. We buy guns to reduce risk not expose us to more risk. I just bought a S&W Shield 9mm. I’ll carry it in my vest. Was looking at the Ruger 9mm LCP but Kalifonia….

    4. So, auto’s are only for show and egoist’s. I am not putting you down I don’t try to start arguments so this is not my intention. Yes, I agree revolvers are very dependable and are good for personal protection. I just want to say good luck when it takes you more than five or six shots to stop somebody. I hope you have trained a lot and have excellent shot placement on moving targets because you will need it. This isn’t the movies, many times it takes more than five or six shots to stop an attack. Read statistics. Again, I am not trying to start an argument and I certainly do not have an ego and how can most people carry an auto when they carry concealed and don’t want anyone to know. I don’t believe it is for show. Me? The more rounds I can carry in a mag the better always with an extra mag. As for if you think you have stopping power, stopping power is a myth. The only way to stop someone cold in their tracks with a handgun is two ways and if you don’t know the two ways look it up. Unless you think a. 357 or. 44 stubby is good I hope you can handle the recoil in a small frame revolver.

  2. I agree with you, a firearm should have a holster. I would like you to write an article on chest mounted holsters, like the ones seen over heart with molded plastic/ friction held. This is not something I’m wanting to hide, but rather use to hunt with; or use at the range. Any comments or wisdom would be great. Love reading you articles.

    Thank you,
    Eric A

    P.S. I highly recommend the Ruger SR9C. I have shot many handguns in my life, and have never found one as easy to use as is listed. I wanted to capture a spent projectile for my daughter to look at; so I found a 8″ piece of driftwood to shoot. I used due safety and shot my firearm at the log, I hit dead center at 30 ft with the very first shot from the brand new gun. Follow up shots were impressive, the gun is a natural point and shoot design. Again thank you.

    1. I’ve used a Galco Kodiak Hunter quite a bit and really like it. I carry a Ruger Super Blackhawk in it and find it very secure. It’s got three adjustable straps, so you decide where you want it positioned, then adjust. The end result is a very solid rig. Of course, like any crossdraw type holster you need to be keenly aware of the muzzle when removing the gun.

  3. I carry my Sig 238 in by back pocket all the time. I keep the hammer forward and the safety on……..even though its a 1911 style gun. You can draw…….disengage safety and cock all at the same time with zero ability to accidently discharge the weapon!

    1. Good Lord, in a close, fast, violent encounter, caught off guard and reaching for a subcompact pistol in your back pocket, a single action semi-auto, carried hammer DOWN with the safety ENGAGED? What the heck, why not just unload the mag, put the loose rounds in your wife-beater pocket-T (behind your pack of Camels) and carry the rest of your 238 field striped with a component in each jeans pocket?

  4. I carry my side arm in a holster shirt from 5.11 Tactical. It’s a polyester compression shirt with moisture mgmt properties that replaces my tee shirt and keeps my side-arm snug under my arm. It’s ambidextrous and very comfortable.

    1. I’ve used those shirts quite a bit myself and really like them. As long as the gun is small / medium enough for the two velcro patches to hold it in the pocket, they are ultra concealment options. Certainly tougher to access your gun quickly, but the thick pads are great for comfort, gun security and trigger security. I like ’em for times when I can’t use IWB or OWB belt holsters for whatever reason.

  5. Not only is a holster necessary , it needs to be the proper holster. Even the open western holster needs a hammer loop ; not just for weapon retention ,but to keep the hammer from being inadvertently brushed back and firing “accidentally” .

  6. How do you feel about carrying an air weight 38 revolver as a primary defensive weapon in the front pocket with holster?It’s a personal thing with me,although less ammo and less fire power,I trust a revolver more than a semi automatic pistol.Many of you will probably disagree and that’s alright.But I would like to get multiple opinions on this issue.This weapon will also be a snub nose for better concealed carry.Also what type of ammunition would you recommend with enough stopping power that won’t hurt like hell so I will not dread
    practicing with it.Thanks for your time,your input would be greatly appreciated. Rick

    1. Get a pocket holster. It will add almost nothing to the bulk, correct positioning, rational safety, and protection for the gun – minimizing the hazards of pocket-lint, keys, coins, etc.

    2. First let me start off by saying I’m not one of those guys who are going to put you down for what you carry or the questions you ask. You carry what is comfortable for you. Now the bad part. With handguns, I’m talking. 38 9mm . 40 . 45, there is no such thing as stopping power, they all pretty much create the same size wound channel. There is only a couple ways to stop someone in there tracks. Many times the person didn’t even know they were shot. The key is shot placement. If you don’t get the shot placement in the vital stop them right now area. It might take seven or more rounds and even then if you don’t get the shot placement if they are all drugged up they are either going to be right on you or they are going to run away and bleed out. I know some people here are. 40 or. 45 all the way and that’s cool I’m not trying to start a caliber debate. I carry 9mm if you carry a. 357 or a. 44 in a snub by I hope you know what a small grenade feels like going off in your hand. Depending on your. 38 will it take. 38 supers? +P ammo? How old is your revolver. And a comment for the guy who said to leave the chamber empty that the hammer rests on most modern revolvers have a hammer block or the hammer doesn’t completely rest on the firing pin with Da trigger, this isn’t the 1800’s. You have to pull the trigger. Not a revolver but the Sig P series with Dao when you pull the trigger it looks like the hammer doesn’t completely fall but it does, it falls and strikes the firing pin then comes back up off the striker pin to kind of a half cock mode. You asked about ammo you can try Hornaday JHP. They have a rubber insert in the hollow point so you get complete penetration before expansion. Never ever use Full Metal Jackets, ball target ammo in a self defense gun it may likely pass right through and you don’t want that. You had better practice good with a snub for shot placement. As for holsters I would never use one of those clips or just put a gun in my pocket without a pocket holster I don’t care if the trigger has a ten or twelve pound DA trigger pull. Something gets snagged in the trigger guard and you could kill yourself or someone else. It just blows my mind when I see those clips especially for striker fired guns even if the gun has a thumb safety. Most modern guns do have a striker block but why chance it? If something snags the trigger it is going to fire. (and are you going to rely on the thumb trigger safey)? I use a Galco King Tuk IWB holster. I went to Target and bought some Moleskin and stuck it on the back of the holster since I don’t wear an undershirt. Most people don’t use a holster because it is uncomfortable, I have been wearing mine for a long time you get used to it. You might have to buy clothes like pants that are a size bigger than you wear but mine fits fine. It’s a little tight but not bad. You just got to go to a gun store that sells holsters and try some. If you have a small snubby and want to conceal carry depending on the size of your gun you might even be able to use an OWB holster. People who say they haven’t used a holster for Glock etc… (nothing wrong by me with Glock) and especially if they appendix carry gives me the ebbie jebbie’s. Again, I don’t disagree with you a bit about a. 38 revolver a revolver is very dependable. But my choice would be for conceal carry I have the S&W Shield 9mm and I carry the extra mag and the. 38 would be my back up. With that being said, someone would probably not even use a back up because by then it’s all over with, a second or two to draw and then it would be over in five to ten seconds anyway. Again, not trying to start a caliber debate most ballistics today one is good as the other with a handgun. Unless your going to carry around a. 44 Large Frame or a. 50 Desert Eagle… Lol

      1. And folks what I mean by stopping power is by hitting them once or twice and unless you have good aim it’s not going to happen. I’m not going to get into target areas of the human anatomy but I don’t know how many articles I read about how many times someone gets shot and their still going. I just read an article a police officer unloaded eleven rounds in someone before it stopped them. And if your new to conceal carry I hope you read the law about deadly force. I know the old saying would rather be standing in front of twelve than be carried by six but deadly force is the last resort and you only have a couple seconds to decide. I know I’m getting off base but don’t be a cowboy and don’t be a person who decides to buy a gun and then frolicking off into the jungle without training and knowing laws. You don’t want evidence pointing at you and costing yrs and a couple million dollars in court. I try to stay up on the law and one responsibility is controlling your firearm if you choose not to use a proper holster and it discharges in public you could get in trouble for discharging a firearm within city limits depending where you are and a crafty lawyer could argue that since you didn’t have a holster that means you didn’t have control of your firearm. Don’t ever think that can’t happen.

    3. And when I talk about stopping power there is always people who debate about 9mm .40 .45 as for stopping power it is so marginal they all work. The .38 will work but please if you carry a revolver just remember it might take more rounds than what you have to actually stop someone. Sure many cases once someone starts getting shot at they run away but like I said what if they are crazed up on drugs or if they are some maniac who doesn’t run away? Just like when people say if they hear someone in their house they will just rack their shotgun and that will be enough to scare the person,what if it doesnt. I know I am getting of base about this thread like I said a revolver is a good gun very reliable. But just remember you are limited to how many rounds you have. I have a 9mm Shield with 8 rnds in mag and I carry the extra 7 rnd mag. What if that first 8 rnd’s arent enough ? You also have to remember a self defense situation is going to be up close so if you have your .38 in a pocket holster in your pocket you better practice your draw. Dry practice or if you need to get some snap caps if your worried about dry firing. I would never use those clip type especially with nothing covering the trigger…You carry what ever is comfortable ( talking about caliber) and whatever you get best shot placement. Some people don’t mind a .40 in a compact if that’s what they train with. Me,I will stick with 9mm. If your .38 will take Super (+P rounds) they will have more punch. But i think it’s going to be so up close they .38 would be fine I just wouldn’t go with .380 .25 or .22 You also have to remember if you live where it get’s really cold and people wear heavy clothing you don’t want a hollow point that expands before it penetrates , some hollowpoints will get clogged up with pieces of clothing and expand before they penetrate.Someone else mentioned as I did the Hornaday Ammo….

    4. The guy asking about the. 38,,I forgot, there is. 38 ammunition called Federal Nyclad. A. 38 most of the time especially through heavy clothing have enough energy to penetrate deep enough with proper expansion, I’m talking about a standard load. +p or super. 38 might be rough shooting out of a snub. I believe the Federal Nyclad is one of the standard loads that may work. Again, I would not like to get hit with anything but at least you have something. If you don’t mind a striker fire the M&p Shield 9mm or. 40 but I go withe the 9mm.The Shield is fantastic, when they first came out there were problems with the trigger drop safety but it has been resolved. Or if you still want a revolver invest in a. 357 so if the. 357 is too much to control out of a snub you can still shoot. 38 through it. But with a. 38 you can’t shoot. 357. Again I am not someone who will knock anyone how or what they carry these are just my opinions. I believe law abiding gun owners should stick together and if we have different opinions it shouldn’t start a scuffle in our gun community. So to all of you please don’t take my opinions to heart we need to stick together and get along…

  7. I use a Galco front pocket horsehide holster for my Ruger LCR 357, and that gun is almost identical is size to a Smith & Wesson airweight. It’s a great solution and the leather pocket holster allows you to use it in a regular front pocket or a cargo pocket. I find it wide enough at the bottom that it keeps my revolver in the right position in the larger cargo pocket too! Highly recommended. I use the same model of holster for a Springfield Armory XD-S for front pocket carry too.

    Recoil is directly proportional to bullet weight + powder weight, so you might try something in the 110 grain range if you want a lighter kick from an airweight. Off the top of my head I think Hornady’s Critical Defense .38 special load is a 100 grain, but I would have to look to be sure.

  8. I will have to disagree on this argument for the most part.
    You see, it’s not THAT you carry without a holster, it’s HOW you carry without a holster.
    For over a decade now, I have carried a Glock 27 (.357 or 9mm conversion because the .40 is a 10mm for women… also, I hate Glock ergonomics) and it is modified in such a way, I will never (knock on wood) have any of the “accidents” listed in this well-written and documented article.

    First, my G27 is upgraded with the SIDERLOCK trigger safety (http://www.brownells.com/handgun-parts/trigger-group-parts/triggers/siderlock-for-glock–prod26399.aspx). It simply will NOT go off until I push the button then activate the traditional trigger safety then squeeze to fire a shot. This is possibly THE BEST C&C mod you can do to a striker-fired handgun or ANY handgun. Aside from having an added safety, another great bonus is that very few know how to operate it. Think on this… you are attacked from behind, your firearm falls from your belt or holster, attacker gets hold of that gun and points it at YOU… if you have this installed, you have a couple seconds to react and take action. With the Siderlock I have tested on friends unaware of how the system works and the best any of them did was 4 seconds (he owned a Glock and saw the difference in triggers). Still, 4 seconds is enough time to run to safety or take offensive action. One person I tested on took a good minute-10… I could stretch, do some breathing exercises, clear my mind (& let adrenalin fade off), get in position… then punt the attacker’s testicles 2 blocks… then get my weapon back and hold him for the cops.
    Point being, it’s a GREAT device that not only prevents the stupid AD (accidental discharge) but can prevent an attacker from using your own weapon against you by confusion/unfamiliarity with this modification.
    Oh, by the way, before I modded the G27 with the Siderlock, I used the Saf-T-Blok (http://www.brownells.com/shooting-accessories/training-safety-gear/gun-locks/saf-t-blok-for-glock–prod17097.aspx) an excellent device that fits behind the trigger preventing discharge. It takes a simple push to send it flying (yes, it pops away from the weapon) that takes less time than it does to draw (I do it on the pull) and ALSO allows a small lock to be used to keep it safe in case you have undisciplined kids, travel (yes, it’s TSA rated!) and want security when storing. It’s cheap and I recommend to everyone with a Glock unless they go for the Siderlock mod. I DO wish they would make these for S&W M&P, SIG P320, XD/XDM and other striker-fired pistols… too good of a concept NOT to expand to other firearms. For the record, I use these still on my G20/21 and G17. Great accessory!

    Now, another great addition… the CLIP-DRAW (http://www.brownells.com/search/index.htm?k=clipdraw&ksubmit=y). I don’t see the model for the Glock that I have (out of stock or discontinued?) but there is one for S&W revolvers, 1911’s and a “universal” model that would require drilling and tapping in the slide (not a big deal, really). What this device allows you to do is modify your handgun to use a metal clip to go in your pants, shorts or belt just like a pocketknife and carry without the slight bulk and “fingerprint” of a holster. While in cooler weather, I carry a SIG P229 in an ITW holster with no issues. However, in hot weather, an ITW holster is bulky, typically sits high (both producing “fingerprinting”) and doesn’t always work with summer attire. I have a little rule… “when it’s cool and jeans, shirt and jacket are the rule, use the P229 with the ITW holster… when it’s hot and you can conceal not, use the G27 in the waste band”
    I’ve carried my G27 in a pair of drawstring swimming trunks and nobody noticed until I came out of the lake wet… that’s pretty damn good! It held secure (even when swimming!) and hid well in a simple polyester pair of swim-shorts; even with a +2 magazine extension.

    So let’s look at the issues addressed in this excellent article… AD’s and the firearm falling out because of a loose means of carry.
    With the SIDERLOCK or Saf-T-Blok you reduce or eliminate the possibility of an AD (especially if dropped or on the draw) with a simple mechanical or device that prevents the trigger from being pulled unless the operator purposely takes an action to do so.
    Furthermore, with the Clip-Draw or similar device, you eliminate the need for a holster (at least in warm weather where fingerprinting is an issue) and allow a pistol or revolver to be carried safely and securely in the waste band (or pants/jacket/vest pocket).
    So, with these two devices employed, the argument against “no-holster carry” is negated.

    See, sometimes technology IS the answer!

    ~EricX

    1. That’s an awful lot of trouble just to avoid using a holster! I have to respectfully disagree that making these modifications to a perfectly functioning gun is not the best approach just to avoid using a holster. But that’s just my view.

      1. Tom you are right. Some folks just don’t get it. I guess they are to smart for their own good.

      2. I have to agree, sounds like he thinks using a number of gimmicks is the best answer. Sadly, it is not and I can see a number of ways for one to still have a negligent discharge, even with one of these devices installed.

        I think too many people are too reliant on mechanisms to prevent things from happening, just is not so!

        When I relied on a pretty stock 1911 in .45 ACP for important work, I always carried it cocked and unlocked, but in a holster I liked for my usage at the time. Never had an AD, and was not the fastest draw in the world, but used the combination to reduce the chance for any errors and reduced movements while bringing the pistol to bear and discharge. I always carried concealed, but not deep concealment. It never failed me and that was my desire.
        When we shot Cowboy Action Shooting, removed all of the safeties, but never had any ADs either.
        The reason for no ADs is and was a simple one, trained to not have them!
        The fewer parts on any firearm, the less there is to fail at the most inopportune times. I have had every safety device screw up at one time or another, luckily while training or while competing, when it did not matter. So for myself, I removed many or most of them, but compensated by looking at the intended purpose.
        In Cowboy shooting a safety is not needed, as you always have the weapon pointed down range until ready to fire and it is never loaded until it is made ready to fire down range!
        The one thing, concealed, open, at the range, at the whatever, that is never changed, is an appropriate holster!!!
        A holster to not only protect the firearm, but to protect oneself and those around you!!!!

        With a proper holster, concealed, competing, open carry, you will not have an AD unless you are a total idiot and should not be around firearms, PERIOD!!!
        Always buy, make, beg or steal a holster if you are going to carry any firearm, in any manner, be responsible!

    2. Okay, I’ve seen (and totally dismissed) the Slider Lock. Eric X Equis, I know you won’t get this at all, but for the rest of you, do you really want a safety that in order to manipulate it, you must TOUCH THE TRIGGER? Do you realize how many of you will lose fine motor dexterity in a surprise violent encounter? (Fast forward: “Your Honor, the shot which unfortunately killed the 73 year old nun a half a block away was discharged while I was disengaging my “safety” as I was drawing my pistol from my (ghetto) waistband) Boy, you guys that are too cheap to spring for a holster have vivid imaginations as to what other gimmicky crap WILL work when the $hit hits the fan, I’ll give you that…

  9. Didn’t some NBA player shoot himself in a night club carrying a gun in his sweat pants?

    If I ever needed to put my pistol in my pocket or waistband and didn’t have a holster handy, I would make sure there wasn’t a round in the chamber. Or if a revolver have the hammer on an empty chamber. I might even unload the gun if in a low threat condition.

    I can insert a magazine and cycle the slide fast enough to load the chamber in that scenario, better than a negligent discharge.

    Even on my night stand, I have my pistol in a paddle holster that I can quickly slip onto my waistband to go investigate bumps in the night. I wear gym shorts with a heavy drawstring at the waist, it holds the holster just fine. Also allows me to hold my AR with both hands… It came in handy one night at 2:30am when I heard a light tapping on my front door. I checked to see a Sheriff in my driveway… his partner was knocking on my door. I put down my AR on a table and answered the door with my holstered pistol… they were checking on an alarm call but got the wrong house. Probably wouldn’t have gone as smoothly if I had the gun in my hand or stuffed in my pants.

  10. keeping a revolver with an empty chamber under the hammer does nothing to prevent negligent discharges. All modern revolvers have a hammer block that prevents the firing pin from contacting the primer unless the trigger is pulled fully to the rear. The danger in carrying a revolver is that the trigger can be inadvertently pulled while trying to draw the weapon if it is not in a proper holster.

  11. This is utter and total BS I carry in a Concealed carry vest and do not use a holster in fact my medium and large frame pistols will not fit in the vest pocket holstered I do not think it is safe carrying your sidearm just stuffed down in your pants nine times out of ten ND’s are caused by carelessness and messing around with the pistol.

  12. Revolver much safer than an auto. Also, sometimes you need two hands withdrawing from a holster. Revolver cant fire if hammer gets snagged taking it out of pocket or if it drops on ground. Can an auto fire with safety off when dropped? On the range during my firing portion of the concealed carry course, the guy next to me got recoil from his glock in his thumb. Everyone stopped firing so he could get bandaged up. Even a child cant fire my 38 Tausus revolver as trigger pressure is too hard for them.

    1. He got his thumb snagged because he didn’t have proper grip. As far as an auto firing if it is dropped most modern auto’s have drop safeties. I could probably throw mine against a wall and it wont fire. If you don’t know with internal safeties of and auto there is a striker (firing pin) block. On the underside of the slide there looks like a small round steel button,on the trigger bar there is a hump,as you pull the trigger rearward the hump on the trigger bar pushes on the striker (firing pin) block and moves it up out of the way so the striker can come in contact with the primer. If you have a modern handgun (most) modern I cannot say all handguns and it is in proper mechanical condition it cannot discharge unless the trigger is pulled. Even on a striker fired gun if the sear failed for some reason ( Many sear’s like on the M&P are angled rearward and holds the striker back) the striker block would catch it. I cannot imagine how the sear would fail unless someone tried to modify it too make a lighter trigger pull. If these guns are so dangerous no one would buy them and it would be in the news all the time. If you drop your gun you just let it go if you try to catch it that’s when you can have a discharge if your finger get’s caught in the trigger. I am not trying to hammer you,people carry Glocks ,they are striker fire with no thumb safety most people have trigger control and many people practice holstering and practice draw. 1911’s have been carried cocked and locked for years that is the way they were designed to be carried. People get all nervous when they see someone carrying a gun like a 1911 with the hammer back. A Beretta like a 92 fs it has a decocker and in decocked mode you can pull the trigger all day and the trigger just go’s back and forth and nothing happens.

  13. Tom is correct about clearing your pockets of everything before placing a firearm into one of them. I carry a 357 snubby J frame in a DeSantis pocket holster. During one of my training sessions when I went for the speed loader in a coat pocket I had tape from a past IDPA match stuck across the bullet end of the cartridges blocking their entry into the cylinder. WOOPS! That could have cost me my life. I do find that selecting the correct wardrobe and pant pockets are crucial for conceal carry.

  14. I would like the laws on carrying handguns put out for the public to see, and I’d also like to say that anyone with a weapon related felony should not be allowed to carry, but those of us who have absolutely no criminal past should not need a permit to carry.

  15. There’s this incredible entity located directly on almost every firearm. It’s phenomenal, really. I forgot what it’s called. Oh, that’s right; THE SAFETY.

  16. EXCELLENT ARTICLE! I wish all folks who considered carrying in pocket, w/o holster, including me, could read this. You have saved pain/death. Thank you.

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