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ER Patient Comes In With Gunshot Caused By… Holster? User Error?


Reader Jessie left us a story on our Facebook page, and it goes a little something like this:

Just had a patient in the ER that shot himself in the hip while reholstering his Kimber 1911 .45ACP. Didn’t know the brand of the holster but it was a leather iwb. He said that the weapon was completely holstered when it went off.. Bullet only traveled about and inch, in and out the side of his hip. Very clean. The hydroshock round traveled through the floor and came to rest unmushroomed on the floor below, no one else was hurt. I’m pretty sure that material had gotten in between his trigger and the holster when he was reholstering. This guy is a recently retired Army Ranger. He has been well trained. Mistakes happen to the best of us and the fact that it happened to this man shows that one must never become complacent. Remember, just because you are reholstering you weapon does not mean that the risk to yourself and everyone else around you is over. Clear those cover garments when reholstering!!!

I personally have two guesses as to what happened, both of which involve something getting into the trigger guard:

Guess 1: A piece of clothing, such as his shirt, got ‘clumped’ into the trigger guard and once the pressure was put on the firearm to get it inside the holster, the clump of clothing depressed the trigger. Bang.

Guess 2: Assuming it was an all-leather IWB holster, my second guess looks a little like what happened a few years back in the photos below. In an instance like this, the holster itself is what gets into the trigger guard and depresses the trigger. Again, Bang.




The images above have been referenced on our site numerous times and come to us from ITSTACTICAL.COM. You can read the story surrounding the above images here.

The bottom line: things like this happen, and it’s why I push for people to use molded holsters. The holster in the example image above is a generic holster that isn’t made for any particular firearm. A molded holster, on the other hand, is designed specifically for your firearm and no other.

If it’s molded, it’s much less likely to have anything like this happen… if at all.

Another point worth mentioning is to look down at your holster while you are reholstering. There is no shame in watching what you’re doing, as some will try to tell you that you shouldn’t have to look when reholstering if you actually know what you’re doing. This is crap, plain and simple. Take a second to look while you holster.

It could save you a trip to the ER.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Kevin T. RIley

    HIPAA violation?

    • BlueSCCY

      There is no identifiable information given about neither the location or name of the patient.

      • fish1552

        Nah. It’s more fun to throw out terms learned in a class last weekend with no inclination as to the actual rules involved. :)

      • Old Chicago

        Well done grasshopper!
        As a retired Medical Records Supervisor for the Dept of Health, you get the GOLD STAR! (REALLY).

        • BlueSCCY

          There isn’t any PII in this story.

        • BlueSCCY

          “HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, was passed to protect an employee’s health insurance coverage when they lose or change jobs. It also has provisions to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION .” This man made no violation.

      • JDon357

        Kev, great slam on the foolish gubmint law. Of, course, BluScy /Fsh’OldWindyetc. Kev wasn’t actually referring to the bureaucratic law foisted upon us by insurance company lobbyists – he was referring to the fact the victim was shot in the HIP. Get it yet? Hip…. HIPPA ??
        Wake Up. Lighten Up. Grow Up!

        • BlueSCCY

          If that’s the case then yes, that’s pretty funny and I appologize. It’s just that HIPAA violations are a big big deal. Honestly this is my story, haha. And that’s why I was defending the author/myself.

  • Ken Prehart

    why was the safety not on ?

  • Charles

    The 1911 has an external safety that is tried and true. My question is, why wasn’t the safety engaged. The pic supplied “appears” to be a Glock which as we all know hasn’t an external safety.

    • Corey

      The pic of the yaqui style holster with the glock, as is stated in the article, is from a different incident. The author was simply hypothesizing that the reason for the unintended discharge may have been similar to that incident.

  • Archer Pothoff

    First thought is, why didn’t he engage his safety prior to holstering. They specifically state it was a Kimber 1911 so there is no reason he shouldn’t have engaged his safety before holstering so operator error/ bad training. Safety should have been on as soon as he disengaged from his target and long before the gun made it to the holster.

    • gregonweb

      Agreed. But in addition to citing what we gather is the operator’s error, this sounds more like complacency, which I see often. Being complacent with routine tasks absolutely contributes to the things that do us in.

  • Timothy Moore

    I have a Para 1911 and I gather from this article that he did not engage the manual safety before holstering,because if he had that gun should have never fired, sucks to be him.

  • Shayne Lory

    Thus why you always use a N82 Tactical holster… Will never be an issue and you will never want to own anything but….

  • t_reese

    The story states a ‘Kimber 1911’ so I call BS on this story.
    A Kimber 1911 completely in a holster will NOT fire unless the grip safety is pressed, the frame safety is disengaged and the trigger is pull period!

    • BlueSCCY

      The guy said it was a Kimber 1911.

    • Varian Wrynn

      And how does one holster a 1911 without a hand on the grip? Safety was obviously off. And *something* pulled the trigger as described in the article.

    • Mike in Wa

      What I find hard to believe is that the a round designed to mushroom when it hits human flesh went through the man’s leg grant you only an inch but then through the floor and resting on the floor below.

  • dragos111

    With pocket carry, you are probably better off holstering your weapon and then inserting both holster and weapon into your pocket.

  • Frank D

    this would not happen if the gun was a Springfield XD, since the grip safety would prevent trigger related accidents

    • Tanner

      1911s have grip safeties too…

  • Gilbert Gesmundo

    reholstering while sitting? hmmm…. or he’s in process of drawing, and kaboom!…

    • BlueSCCY

      The photo is from another story that is simular in nature..

  • Mike Ackermann

    The gun in the picture is a Glock, not a Kimber. The Kimber, when safety is properly applied will not fire when something gets into the trigger gurad on re-holstering, whereas the Glock certainly can.

  • Jim Tebo

    First of all the picture show is that of a Glock, and Glock has a safety in the trigger, hence if the trigger is pulled it will go off. Secondly the Kimber 1911 has a couple of safeties, one is a grip safety that has to be depressed before the trigger will fire, the second is a external safety, which should be on, the guy will not fire unless the safety is off, your hand is on the grip and the trigger pulled. The third and final thing is that if it is a hollow point round it is designed to expand upon hitting flesh, something is wrong if this one didn’t maybe the got the bullet type wrong and if they got that wrong I bet they got the gun type wrong also, I could see it happening with a Glock, that has happened a few times with them