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When Bad Holsters Turn Worse: This Guy Took One Right In The A$$, Here’s Why A Proper Holster Is Essential

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Editor’s Note: Many have been asking what ammunition was being carried at the time of the incident to make such a big hole. The answer: Speer Gold Dot 9mm 115 grain +P+

One of our newest writers, Erin, noticed a post in a group on Facebook and asked me if I wanted to cover it. After he briefed me on the story, I had to get a hold of the poster to find out exactly what happened. This is a story that we’ve seen quite a few times before, and it will serve as yet another example of why using a proper holster is essential to safety when carrying a firearm.

The man with the extra hole is named Matt. He was gracious enough to give me a call, even though he’s no doubt in quite a bit of pain. After talking with him for over a half hour, I had a good scope of what happened, and more importantly… what lessons were learned.

He wanted to share this story, in hopes that it would stop this from happening to someone else.

Here is how Matt’s Tuesday went.

A concealed carrier for over 10 years now, Matt typically carries in molded leather holsters. Up until this point, he’s never had an issue with his setup. He was thinking of making a change to his holster, just to see how it would go. His eye was on a more expensive leather holster, however he wanted to try a cheaper nylon one first to see if it’s his style.

He went with a Blackhawk Nylon IWB Holster, Size B.

Just as cup sizes cater to a wide variety of women, ‘sized’ holsters attempt to do the same thing. They’ll provide you with one size holster, in this case B, which they market as being suitable for numerous firearms that happen to be in similar dimensions.

Almost exclusively before trying the above mentioned holster, Matt would use a Desantis Cosy Partner, which is a molded leather holster.

Here is what happened:

“I holstered the firearm in the new holster at home and made sure it was secure and comfortable, and then drove three miles over to our storage facility. I spent 10 minutes in the storage facility, just climbing around stuff and going through boxes. When I left, I walked outside and opened the car door. I went to go get in the car and just heard a loud bang,” Matt explained.

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“There’s no way that just happened. That did not just happen. And then I grabbed by butt and felt a hole in my pants and said, ‘Ok that just happened.'”

Matt went on to tell me that immediately following the discharge, he unloaded the firearm and set it on his seat and then went to check on a person who was in the vicinity. Once confirming that the other person was alright, he asked a question he never thought he’d ask another guy; “Can you look at my butt?”

Matt continues, “When the police showed up, they took a look at everything and tried to determine where the bullet went. It turns out that the round went straight down through my left cheek, through the door jam of the car and then exploded on the pavement.”

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As an experienced handler of firearms, Matt got home from the hospital and immediately started inspecting everything. He couldn’t get the striker to drop without pulling the trigger. Everything with the firearm is in 100% working order. He also noted that he’s had the firearm for years and has fired thousands of rounds through it without issue, and has also carried it extensively in the past.

I asked him if anything in the car could have hit the trigger area of the holster, and he informed me that he hadn’t even sat down in the seat before it went off. His (and my) best guess is this: He had a t-shirt tucked in at the time, between the holster and his body. He also had a button down shirt that covered everything up. What likely happened was a ‘bunching’ of the t-shirt that got into the trigger guard of the pistol, and pushed the nylon material inward. This is the theory as to how the trigger was manipulated.

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When asked what he learned or has taken away from this unfortunate experience, Matt already had his answer for me.

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“Rigid Holster. Molded Holster. Always. Know where your muzzle is pointing.”

The takeaway from this unfortunate story is to seriously consider a proper, molded holster… if you find yourself using a similar holster to the one seen above. Any holster that does not mold specifically to your firearm can set you up for a dangerous time, as the trigger is not properly protected from outside forces. With nylon and similarly soft and flexible materials, the opportunity to manipulate the trigger increases greatly.

Make no mistake: a proper holster will eliminate an accidental or negligent discharge by fully covering your trigger and not allowing anything to get in the way. This is not a deterrent to stop carrying with a round in the chamber, but a learning experience to always use a proper holster.

The holster company, in this case, makes a large line of holsters and also offers molded versions. They do a great job with them and are very popular. With the technology of holsters today, however, it’s my thought to simply get rid of the ‘one size fits all’ holsters once and for all.

I will be following up with this story in the next few days, in an attempt to highlight the importance of proper holster usage even more. In the meantime, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen something like this happen.

The damage to Matt’s rear end was extensive, as you’ll see in the images below. As a final warning, the images are graphic. If you have a weak stomach, you may want to scroll back up to the top of the article in a more comfortable place.

The first image was taken right after the incident and shows the damage before the hospital started to take care of the wound.

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The next image is when Matt was in the hospital. I can’t imagine how painful this wound must have been for Matt.

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A few days later, Matt went in for his follow up appointment. The doctors told him that it’s healing quickly and nicely, but he obviously still has a long road to recovery. While he should be able to return to work in a few weeks, he’ll be nursing this wound for some time.

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And a clear shot straight through…

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I want to wish Matt a quick recovery, and will be keeping in touch with him during the process to see how he’s doing.

As some comic relief, Matt told me about the conversation he had with the police who arrived on the scene. They were trying to determine how to write up the incident.

“They were arguing among themselves with how they were going to even write up the report. They said ‘This isn’t assault with a deadly weapon unless he wishes to press charges against himself.'”

One officer turns to Matt and says “Sir, do you wish to press charges against yourself?”

Matt smiled and replied, “I’ve consulted with my council and I choose not to at this point.”

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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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  • Michael Hardy

    Put a ring through it and call it the best piercing ever. Call it a mid life crisis

    • Joey Richardson

      Damnit man, man me spew mountain dew out my nose!

    • FybrOptx

      Congratulations! You have won the internet for the next 5 seconds!

    • Demosthenes

      Piercing? It looks like someone drove a TBM through there.

  • Rich the Rabbit

    WOW! Despite the title, I was not expecting that!

  • Robert Luna

    What caliber was it? Man what kind of reporter are you leaving out the details.
    Was it a pistol or revolver and what ammo was he packing? At the start of the story sounded like you were bitching that you had to do story! Well at least do it right. Now I am here guessing what size and weight and caliber and load that I could possibly make my own disaster story If I was a cheap ass sob!! But for story sake I’d say it was a 44 mag with defensive carry hybam explosive tips etc.etc.

    • Bear Walker

      They mentioned it was striker fired so we can assume it was probably a 9 mm round .

      • Jye English

        My striker fired 9mm, .40, and .45 would all disagree with you.

        • Bear Walker

          A .40 or .45 would have made much more damage at that close range and the burn mark from the powder and hot metal would have been much more substantial . Doctors would have literally had to scrub away to dead flesh like they would a burn patient . That wound looked clean and not very big of a hole , the damage was minor and the burn marks were minor also . That’s why I guessed a 9mm

          • Jye English

            My own eyes have seen very similar wounds from .45 IWB discharges, so again, can’t assume really.

          • Bob

            Editor’s Note: Many have been asking what ammunition was being carried at the time of the incident to make such a big hole. The answer: Speer Gold Dot 9mm 115 grain +P+

          • Jye English

            Yes I know. My comment was in reply to Bear’s assumption above, thanks.

          • Pod

            That’s my daily carry ammunition. I shuddered for a second when I read the edit.

    • Peggy Williamson

      At the beginning of the article 9mm – Editor’s Note: Many have been asking what
      ammunition was being carried at the time of the incident to make such a
      big hole. The answer: Speer Gold Dot 9mm 115 grain +P+

  • Redline

    That’s going to sting…

  • Spawn_of_Santa

    There’s a reason I’ve probably spent more on holsters than I have on guns.

    • joe bloe

      why do i doubt that?

      • Spawn_of_Santa

        Dunno, Joe, because you’re argumentative douchebag who doesn’t’ recognize hyperbole when he sees it? I’m just guessing.

        I have no fewer than 10 holsters for my Kimber, Five for my XDM, Two for my lousy bodyguard…. I have holsters for guns I don’t even own any more. The ONLY gun I don’t have a holster for is the Stoeger .22 Luger, and it’s a collectors piece and I don’t want to look like a Nazi.

        The holster may be the most critical piece of equipment for safe carrying.

        • joe bloe

          i still don’t believe you and you sound like an idiot with 10 holsters for 1 gun. make up your mind already.

  • disqus_d8SLnYJDHC

    Ahhhh the trusty old Uncle Mikes holster!

    You might as well use an old sock as a holster, They both offer the same retention and trigger protection!

  • Mi

    Exactly why I don’t carry in the front. If a mishap was to happen (God forbid) I would rather have a vulva shaped wound in my rear than be missing my junk.

  • Jack Mahoghof

    What pistol was he carrying?

    • Joe Madden

      That was my 1st question…I’ll never carry a weapon without a safety. I helped a friend get her CCW and she was all Glock crazy (Ain’t bashing Glock guys, I’ve had them). She ended up with a nice CZ 75.

      • MichaelC11

        Glocks have safeties it is on the trigger.

        • Joe Madden

          Well aware of it. Something that is a release that also fires the weapon is far from a “safety”.

      • Brian F

        Springfield for the win XD all day.

  • William The Warlord

    I would love to hear how he explains that wound to his new girlfriend or wife! Will make for a great campfire story! I am glad he consulted his attorney before declining to press charges against himself for assault on a dummy with a dumb firearm! Maybe he can sue Uncle Mike’s and himself!

  • Richard R Beck

    Look, another a-hole!

    • Richard R Beck

      Actually…another 2 a-holes!

  • Bob

    One other LESSON, although mine did NOT result in a DISCHARGE of the firearm.
    I have a full sized double stack 1911 Kimber Polymer Target in a very fine Comp-TAC IWB Kydex FORMED holster made for 1911’s ! It has served me fine with NEVER a problem.
    I bought a Alien Gear brand IWB holster (NOT a problem again) for my FNX-45 pistol. I thought, well, I’m going to order another Alien Gear for my 1911 but in the meantime, I’m going to try this FNX holster out with my 1911.
    I got out of my vehicle and went into a restaurant.

    I was sitting on a wood bench type seat and went to move my pistol a little and realized my MAGAZINE was MISSING.
    So, I had my 1911 with ONE round in it (up the pipe) cocked and locked.
    The holster had pushed the magazine release. REMEMBER, the holster was designed for a different pistol (so it was MY FAULT).
    Fortunately for me, my magazine (which are no longer made) was laying in the front seat of my truck!!
    So, Always use a GOOD HOLSTER, and always use the HOLSTER ONLY for the WEAPON it was SPECIFICALLY designed for!
    BTW… with the proper 1911 Alien Gear holster, it works AS DESIGNED with no problems.
    The reason I wanted a 2nd holster is due to some pants having their belt loops in different places.
    Both brands of holsters work GREAT!

    • JC Jacobsen

      Yes, we ran into this at my PD a while back when we installed extended magazine releases on Glocks. They worked great, and just as designed, in the gun, but it took a while for anyone to realize that when some guys sat down, the holster moved enough to hit the extended mag release and unseat the mag. Many mags did not fall out, but were not seated in the gun and would have, or did, fall out when the gun was unholstered quickly. A quick application of a dremel tool made just enough room for the extended releases, but a lesson was learned to always check all your gear when making operational changes.

  • John

    I had a holster issue recently. I have a G26 and 2 holsters, a plastic Safari paddle holster and a nice leather inside the waistband holster. I went to take the gun out of the plastic holster and didnt realize I had spilled some pop apparently into it. The gun was stuck in it real bad.

  • Dr. Obvious

    Rectum? damn near killed him

    • ProfitOverLife

      Our loss. That he survived, I mean.

      • ADNpress

        More proof that leftists are horrible people.

      • Dr. Obvious

        what the hell is that about?

  • Mr. Funky Pants

    What an ass hole. . . . . . (get it?)

  • vincewarde

    OK, I read the article, and here are my thoughts. Firearms safety, like aircraft safety, involves creating as many barriers between the user and a ND as possible. The idea is to break the chain of events leading to a failure and ND in as many places as possible. With this in mind, here are my thoughts:

    1) Mistake one: Carrying in a position in which he could not visualize the holster. He could not see if anything was in the holster before inserting his firearm.

    2) Mistake two: Inserting the firearm with the holster in this position. I have known one person who carried in the small of back position. He always removed his holster, inserted his pistol and then put on the holster.

    3) Mistake three: Failure to check the firearm after holstering and positioning. Had he simply visually checked his holster, he would have seen that clothing was caught in it. He might have needed to use a mirror, but it would have been worth the effort.

    From here on, I’m going to suggest some more controversial “mistakes” – but these also would have broken the chain that lead to the accident.

    4) Mistake four: Carrying a semi-auto without a safety. I know that many guns today do not have safeties, but I personally would not carry one. No question that a safety in the on position would have prevented this. DA revolvers have longer and heavier trigger pulls than SA and striker fired autos. IMHO, with the exception of DA autos, all semi-autos should have safeties.

    5) Mistake five: Carrying in a “universal” holster. There is a place for such holsters, but IMHO concealed carry is not that place. They are safe for outside the waistband on a belt where you can see what you are doing. Your holster is not the place to save money – especially when molded holsters can be had for only a few dollars more. Chances are that a tight fitting holster would not have permitted him to insert that gun very deep into the holster before it stopped due to the obstruction.

    Remove any one of these mistakes and the ND does not happen.

    • Rik Pontician

      You make great points, well thought out and not preachy (even though you could have been since these are common foolish mistakes) People should think safety not Hollywood.

    • glennbartley

      I agree with much of what you said; however, you seemingly are assuming, as did the author of the article and the guy who shot himself, that clothing bunched up inside the trigger guard. No one seems to have actually examined the holster to see if it was faulty. You also apparently are ruling out that the firearm was faulty and thus assuming that the guy knew what he was doing when he checked it and said it functioned properly. Why give him that much credit when you make him look like an arse related to everything else.

    • Brian F

      Striker fire semi autos have usually incredibly long trigger pulls, dual stage triggers or like the Springfield XD line dual stage decent length trigger pull with 1911 style “grip” safety. That being said, molded leather FTW. I own a Blackhawk molded leather for my XD .45 and have the utmost confidence in said holster coincidentally it is also thinner, more comfortable and easier to conceal. I used to have a universal nylon one and the first time i had a “snag” of the slide while reholstering it went out to the trash. I still have one for my Sig P228 but its seldom carried, just keep it in there around the house as a “sleeve” cuz it is always locked, cocked and ready to rock.

  • Scott

    It would be safer, to not carry with a round in the chamber. Slower to fire a round, “butt” will be safer…..It’s not a quick draw and fire contest…………….

    • crazzyotto

      WRONG!! carry locked and LOADED and with the SAFETY ON! it is

      SUBSTANTIALLY faster to snap OFF the safety than to rack to load! if you doubt me, try it!!

      i will NEVER carry any glock – no matter WTF the local PD uses!

  • 0bsoleteMan

    IT is kinda funny how there’s a trigger warning on this article.

  • Joe

    If he had an external safety this would not have happened. PERIOD

    • Harold T. Cline

      If you need an external safety on your defensive handgun you should not even be carrying then. It’s a poor substitute for awareness.

      • CommonCents

        nobody should have to wear helmets on motorcycles, seatbelts, buy health insurance, auto insurance etc…because you should have better awareness to avoid trouble ;)

        • Harold T. Cline

          There is no such thing as an accident with a gun, carelessness or negligence. An external safety is a false comfort zone that should never be relied on if the safety is not between your ears.

          This is a defensive tool to defend yourself with the last thing you need is one more thing to think about.
          And anything mechanical can fail and fail at anytime.

          An external safety doesn’t keep you safer it makes you mentally lazy.

          • CommonCents

            and anything more than a 2lb trigger pull is just for the lazy too! Heck why not a 1lb? train train train!

          • crazzyotto

            get real! if you sneeze on a 2# u will fire it. 4# shud b min unless u r in olympic style competition.

          • CommonCents

            umm that was sarcasm to show my point that situational awareness isn’t everything.

          • crazzyotto

            sorry, i missed it.

          • crazzyotto

            you have no clue! you cant put a T shirt in the trigger guard of a BERETTA and have it fire on its own; YOU must click the safety OFF first.

          • Don

            So Let me See If I understand your concept, first you say their is no such thing as an accident with a gun and then you say ” anything mechanical can fail and fail at anytime” which sounds to me like an accident. A negligent discharge is involved when a person is in direct control of the firearm and it discharges by the operator whether he wanted to or not, an accidental discharge is when the operator is not in direct control and then firearm just discharges. This guy Matt had a holster and was wearing it now the only other variable that I can see that could possibly be to his demise is; was the guns’ trigger modified. If he went from a 5lb to a 2-3lb trigger pull that makes quite a difference but as far as just brushing off the situation and blaming the gun owner I do not believe that is the case in this accident.

          • Alan Clark Jr.

            You are a Glock guy aren’t you? External safeties on 1911 are lazy too eh? How about the m92? Oh how about every rifle? Muscle memory cures all. Train the way you will fight. Draw and thumbs sweep the safety as you bring sights on target. If this guy had a Ruger SR9C he would still have all his ass.

        • crazzyotto

          lolol

        • T39Driver

          nonsense.

      • crazzyotto

        you, sir, have no concept of of the utility of a safety. if this poor soul had a firearm equipped w/ a safety he would not have a hole in his ass! glocks [and others] are very dangerous carry weapons. i have NO PROBLEM dropping the safety on any of my BERETTAs..

        • MichaelC11

          Glocks have safeties, they are on the trigger.

          • crazzyotto

            you are not serious???? the safety gets pulled coincident with the trigger. that ‘safety’ prevents nothing.

        • Jerry Grimes

          I agree completely. Nay-sayers should look up “Glock leg”. It’s common, it’s a “thing”. All of my carry weapons have manual safeties, and always will. There’s a type of machismo, especially among the Glock fans, about how terrible manual safeties are. It wouldn’t help Glock sales to say anything else, would it?

          I prefer manual safeties because I’m far more likely to have an ND through some mistake with all the administrative handling my self defense pistol gets. I dry fire, go to the range, clean, reload with SD ammo. I’m handling that pistol many, many times a week. The odds of actually needing to draw in self defense are extremely small, and even further reduced by multiplying in the risk of *not* getting the safety released (which I practice constantly),

          I’m not perfect. Less so all the time it seems. I just don’t want some unexpected mistake to be life-altering.

          So for all those opponents of manual safeties, bless you, keep your booger hook off the bang switch and all of that. However, please do recognize some prefer manual safeties for quite valid reasons; you’re not *superior* because you don’t like them.

          As you were….

        • John Guarnieri

          i have NO PROBLEM dropping the safety on any of my BERETTAs..

          Try it in a life or death adrenaline pumped no time to think situation.

          • Shel

            Been there done that. safety off as I clear leather EVERY time

        • ProfitOverLife

          Gun owners not even being able to agree in a civilized fashion on keeping themselves and others safe.

          Lol! Just more proof we need to severely control guns–because gun owners eventually turn on each other!

          • Harold T. Cline

            I don’t care about your safety that’s your choice, I’m protecting myself.
            You, call 911 they’ll be there any minute.

          • crazzyotto

            lolol. and the fight was over in seconds.lol i love your sarcasm.

          • Alan Clark Jr.

            You turned on us first.

          • crazzyotto

            who let the liberal in? i fail to see WTF YOU consider uncivilized???

        • Shel

          My 1911 safety (there are 2) would have prevented this

        • Dr Dave

          Ever tried it in a REAL life or death situation with an attacker RUNNING towards you from say 20′?
          I can tell you that the difference between making it and not is the difference between the thumb drop or not.
          I have carried for 30+ years in both law enforcement and not and I carried a manual safety for 85% of that time and have seen a LOT of colleagues either buried or disabled because that split second was MORE then enough to lose the fight. Everyone seems to think if they can draw fast in a range and do a lot of dry fire holstering and drawing they will be fine. Truth is that is shear nonsense. Sure if the BG is standing there shooting at you then you can keep moving until you get ready and fire at will but those situations rarely happen. More likely the BG is right next to you when he decides on doing something stupid like mug you or rob you etc. You have NO time to fiddle with a safety and that extra time is life or death
          Take a course on actual scenario training when nothing is assumed and nothing is off limits and you will see how easy that 1 second matters. Bob Pincus has a great one. Dr D

          • Heartland Patriot

            Okay, I understand what was said. In light of that, however, how did anyone ever carrying a 1911 in the proper “cocked and locked” condition ever manage to win a gun fight? A lot of law enforcement carried those for many years. IMHO, while admitting that I am NOT any sort of expert, nor claiming any expertise in the matter, I still believe it comes down to training in the end, no matter what sort of pistol you carry.

          • Dr Dave

            You are spot on it is about training. To answer the question of how did we win fights back when the 1911 and my PPK were in vogue? Simple we were all on the same playing field. If all gun handlers have to unlock and aim and fire then that takes a set minimum of mental energy to accomplish as makers like Glock re-created the hand held self defense gun the mental energy and time required to accomplish the final task of drawing aiming and firing got smaller and smaller. No different then the old time flint lock black powder guns of the Revolutionary war. When everyone has to stop load powder ball and ramrod it took more time now that we have cartridge equipped guns that time has crept smaller and smaller. Expect in another decade to have some newer still tech to lower it even more. the issue is yes training but we have to get past the idea that our brains won’t work the same under conditions that we simply can’t train under. Train as you fight fight as you trained is a good sentence but in reality unless you are part of an elite military or law enforcement unit you won’t get that opportunity. Even typical LEOS won’t have the opportunity that SWAT and special services teams get availed so surely citizens are way out of sort with their futile attempts to load as much lead down range on paper targets as they can. It simply won’t create the muscle memory needed in an actual fight
            Dr D

  • Rock Island Auction

    “I plead the FIF!!!” -Matt

  • Ron Morisseau

    Now he can fart out of his 3 assholes

  • Harold T. Cline

    That wasn’t the holsters fault. So don’t even go there.
    But no doubt this will be passed all over the internet as some gospel truth and at least Matt will have something to blame other than his carelessness and negligence.

  • Glock

    Butt hurt…get better buddy!

  • CommonCents

    What kind of gun was it? I don’t believe this story. How does a tshirt get that deep even into a soft nylon holster? He was fooling with the gun, probably reached back to re-position it

    • PARAMEDIC70002

      I can’t come to a reasonable conclusion, but I suspect he was reholstering or vice versa.

      • CommonCents

        but didn’t he say it just went off? that i don’t believe. he was fiddling with it.

    • Paul Flowers

      read the story again, it was a soft nylon holster, many automatics today do not use a safety at all and rely on the almost double length trigger pull, the nylon holster was too flexible and probably while he was bending and moving stuff around in the storage the t shirt came loose and he tucked it back in without thinking about clearing the holster. bet he is a little overweight like me and moves the holster more to the back instead of under the fat roll on the side, the moral here is only use a hard molded holster, it much better for drawing as well should you ever want to clear it in a hurry, think of the old western holsters for the fast guns, all were hard leather, heavily waxed holsters, a soft holster of any kind is worthless if you are in a hurry.

      • PatrickHenry

        Don’t you mean SEMI- automatic?

        • RoCr

          “Automatic” can refer to both semi- and full autos. It’s kind of the reason we have those additional prefixes (to remove potential confusion) but in this case the intent is clear enough.

          • PatrickHenry

            Yes those in the know do know the difference. But liberals also read these and will say AHA AUTOMATIC pistols.

        • Brian F

          Hence buying ammo the box says “45 Auto” or “45 ACP (Automatic colt pistol)” “45 GAP (Glock Automatic Pistol)

  • Frank

    Quick way to drop weight

  • Ronnie URuzzo

    Shirts and draw strings get caught in the trigger guards a lot causing a Glock or other striker fired guns to go off when you don’t want them to.
    A good kydex holster or even a good hard leather holster designed for a particular gun is the best thing you can invest in.
    Even with a good form fitting holster, you still have to be careful that nothing is in the way when putting a gun back in the holster.T-Shirt- Drew String – Finger or anything else.

    • Brian F

      Do not lump “striker fired” pistols together. The biad towards them is dumb Springfield XDs with the 1911 style “grip” safety are hard to fire until you’re used to them if you don’t have a good grip on them when you’re TRYING to shoot them. So there ARE good striker fired options, dont lump everything polymer and striker fired into modified light trigger loose ass blown out Glocks category.

      • Ronnie URuzzo

        I love my Glock and I do think the striker fired guns are the safest any guns have ever been.
        What I’m saying is that people still need to be aware of things that do and can happen.
        A little awareness and education for us all is “NOT” a bad thing.

  • Jim

    When carrying be careful how you scratch.

  • iBeTheCowman

    Why cheap out on a holster that you’ll wear almost everyday and depend your life on. Hell I have Blackhawk Serpa and being in Canada is for Range Use Only. Which by the way really sucks. Hint…If you plan on carrying everyday don’t buy your holster at Wal-Mart.

  • Darius Edwards

    Nice ass hole.

  • Ahhhh… I think him having the pistol holstered in the small of the back was a bad idea. You can’t see if there is any clothing in the holster. I also don’t like small of the back because it takes longer to draw.

    I also don’t think it was the holsters fault – I think it was user error.

  • pdxdonv

    This has been my fear of nylon holsters as well. I use Sneaky Pete holsters. So much better and I can tuck my shirts in when I am at business meetings.

  • Kenneth Mcintyre

    why have your finger on the trigger if you don’t intend to shoot ??

    • Stuart Butt

      Read the story.

  • Sue Wickson

    Dam, bet that’s a pain in the ass!

  • Clive

    I sincerely hope those cops were joking around. If not, Barney Fife is real!

  • Robert Latimerburnshurst-Tribe

    WTF? What gun was he carrying? This story is only half told…Glock? 1911? A DAO gun? WHAT? What condition was he carrying it in? There is a lot left out of this story, we know a lot about the holster but nothing about the gun other than what caliber it is! We know what Brandon carries but not what Matt carries!

    • Shel

      NOT a 1911…..

  • Harvey817

    Real pain in the ars

  • A. Ryan

    What a pain in the ass.

  • Dave

    Frankly I appluad Matt for his actions when the incident happened and is a great example as how to respond when such a thing happens. Checking near by standers for injury, contacting police to report a discharge intentional or not and cooperating in telling the story so others may learn. Kudos

  • jeff baxter

    similar thing happened to me. i’ve carried for years. am distinguished pistol shot#1586 and weird accident. will not carry without thumb safety. my deal cost about $ 20,000!! with a thumb safety, it would never happened. if you think you are above it; good luck………….jeff baxter

  • Lamont Schusse

    Matt You Are One Hell Of A Man ….. “That’s going to leave a mark pal” …. What kind of firearm were you carrying concealed if I may ask ?

  • Jeffrey

    I’ve never used a soft holster for that very reason to me they just don’t protect the trigger area as well as my molded hard holster. Also because of my range experience with FBI agents I don’t like “trigger safety” designs, just seen too many Glocks “mysteriously” discharging on the fire-line after being holstered. I always carry with a round in the chamber so pivot safeties/de-cocker with the fire pin block are the only way I’ll go.

  • Adrian

    Lucky for him it was not a appendix carry.

  • Cracker

    Now that’s what I call “Ass”ault with a deadly weapon.

  • Loyal Phillips-Kuhn

    Not tonight dear, I’ve got a buttache…

  • Russell Clark

    One reason to never carry with a hot chamber. With that being said. The old practice is out for him by far and everyone else should carry smart.

    • kyew

      There are far more reasons to carry with one in the pipe than there are not to. Thing is, you need a firearm with a safety, and not a Glock.

  • kyew

    I’d bet money he was carrying a Glock. Funny he blames it on the holster rather than the unsafe firearm.

    Also funny how many people reading this fell for the smoke-and-mirrors. The entire story distracts you from the fact that the brand of firearm used was never mentioned, while the writer blames everything on the holster. I notice the author of this carries a Glock. This pretty much confirms my guess that the guy in the article was carrying a Glock.

  • MichaelC11

    I am glad he did not have the holster up front.

  • ToryII

    I never ‘carry’ a pistol with a chanbered round, never. A loaded pistol is a ticking time bomb. My first revolver has an exposed hammer, so I spent the money and purchased a snubby without exposed hammer. Too many fatal accidents have happened with pistols that had chambered rounds. A mom was shot dead by her toddler after he removed it from her purse. YOU should have the ‘presence of mind’ to chamber a round if a potential threat exists. You should also be trained and prepared to quickly chamber a round if a potential threat exists OR when an attacker is present. A cop on duty probably should keep his pistol loaded (round in chamber), but , some cops will never shoot their firearm (when on duty) in 20 years of police employment.

    • Greg Lawhorn

      And you’ll probably always have both hands free to chamber a round. Probably. I mean, other than being wounded by an attacker, or needed to blade your body to conceal your draw, you’ll probably have both hands free, right? Heck, why not just carry the gun empty, and pop the magazine in when needed? That’s the ultimate safety, after all.

    • Harold T. Cline

      You probably don’t even carry.
      But I can understand why now the general public is worried about all these new carry & conceal people running around out here after reading some of the comments here.

      Most of you have no proper fundamental training. You buy a gun and maybe take some mumbo jumbo voodoo tactical class and yet do not know the first thing about gun safety.
      ___

      I got news for you kid, I can be on top you within 15 feet with a knife under 5 seconds.
      You ain’t drawing and racking anything,,,you are dead !

      • ToryII

        I carry a revolver.

        • Harold T. Cline

          I carry a 642 myself up front shot-gun and a G30 tucked underneath cross draw from the weak side. The .38 special to get them off of me and hopefully buy me some time or cover.

          Then I come with the heat and unload on them like Armageddon.

          • ToryII

            I load with .38special +p…If I have to, I can reload with .357; a shotgun isn’t necessary. :-)

          • Harold T. Cline

            Don’t care for the .357 to dangerous for over penetration in the city, to much recoil and to much blast.
            I’m a .45 man all the way. I only carry that 642 because I can pocket carry it and I will never shoot +P out of it.

          • ToryII

            .38 special isn’t lethal. In fact, a .38 special won’t kill or stop me. Even the cops use 5.56 nato in the city. You’re just promoting a weak round to protect the pigs and govt from the people.

          • Harold T. Cline

            Your age is starting to show.
            (but I knew it all along)

            Stay in school.

    • Brian F

      Carrying an unloaded pistol is the move of a man compensating for a small penis and wanting to appear cool. Cuz when needed you’ll have to ask the attacker to hold on while you draw and chamber a round.

      • ToryII

        Many of my women complain of excessive pain from my extra long prick. Due to my arthritis I keep everything warm including my goliath size penis. You must have a tiny brain to think of asking any attacker to wait while you draw a picture of your handgun. For your safety, I suggest you pay for a bodyguard.

  • Tony Valdez

    Now, if this guy had separate insurance policies on each bun, he may consider filing charges on himself. lol

  • Centerfire

    Why don’t you just admit that the cause of this accident was a GLOCK or other striker fired handgun with NO SAFETY and a SHORT trigger throw. I carry ONLY a DA/SA pistol with a GOOD safety and a LONG first shot trigger throw. Ruger P95 or 345 or similar. Striker fired guns with no safety and a short trigger throw are dangerous. I do have a Glock 20 and I never carry it as my everyday gun, I use it only for hunting and I have a hard shell holster which completely covers the trigger and requires that you depress a release button to draw it.

    • John Guarnieri

      How come Glock is not mentioned in the guys story? He mentions the holster but not the gun.

      ‘and a SHORT trigger throw’ How do you know?

      • “Glock knee” it even has an injury named after it

    • John Guarnieri

      http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/05/daniel-zimmerman/argument-sadz-pistols/

      Using a mechanical device as a substitute for following basic gun safety
      rules is a mistake. I can easily condition people to keep their finger
      off of the trigger until they are ready to shoot. It’s much harder to
      train them to consistently actuate a mechanical safety, particularly one
      that also functions as a de-cocker. If people have a hard time using
      these controls under the mild stress of a square range qualification, it
      will be significantly worse if they’re in a fight for their lives. I
      view manual safety devices as a liability on a defensive pistol, tools
      that someone must be able to use as quickly as possible with as little
      conscious thought as possible.

  • Gene Grode

    Graphic? Try war, now that is graphic. but good article.. tx

  • John Guarnieri

    http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2014/05/daniel-zimmerman/argument-sadz-pistols/

    Hello Using a mechanical device as a substitute for following basic gun safety
    rules is a mistake. I can easily condition people to keep their finger
    off of the trigger until they are ready to shoot. It’s much harder to
    train them to consistently actuate a mechanical safety, particularly one
    that also functions as a de-cocker. If people have a hard time using
    these controls under the mild stress of a square range qualification, it
    will be significantly worse if they’re in a fight for their lives. I
    view manual safety devices as a liability on a defensive pistol, tools
    that someone must be able to use as quickly as possible with as little
    conscious thought as possible.

    • Shel

      Train,train,Train……. when you think you have it train some more……. mussel memory i carry a 1911 .45 condition 1 NEVER had an AD.

  • Centerfire

    What most people fail to realize is that statistics rule ALL accidents. It does not matter how “safe” the gun is, how safe the holster, how much training you have, or what circumstances you find yourself in. All anyone can do is reduce the probabilities, but you cannot ever eliminate them. This is why even the most modern airplanes still go down. Now if you do not carry with a round in the chamber, you will almost never have an AD. BUT there is still the possibility that you chambered a round, and you do not remember. If you have a handgun with a LONG trigger throw, and you do not carry with a round in the chamber, you further reduce your chances. And if you carry a pistol with a long trigger throw AND no round in the chamber AND a good safety, AND a good holster, you reduce your chances even further. But understand, you will NEVER eliminate your chance of having an AD. Not EVER. Those of you who carry a striker fired Glock, with a short trigger throw, no safety AND a round in the chamber, in a soft holster, are dramatically improving your odds of having an AD. It is the simple law of statistics. The more opportunities for failure, the more often the accident will occur. You can count on it.

  • ProfitOverLife

    So can we get unsafe holsters off the streets? No, no, of course not!

    Anyone who thinks, when dealing with life safety and public safety, “let’s try the cheap option”, ought to have their gun rights severely curtailed.

    What is it like to live in a state where you don’t feel safe going to your storage unit?? Geez, if someone stole my stuff I’d be happier–I could get rid of the storage unit and actually SAVE money every month! But I suppose some places everyone needs a gun because, well, gee, there are so many guns out there! And with logic like that, I can see why, when it comes to solving life’s problems, some figure guns are the only available substitute, though a poor one, for having BRAINS.

    • Harold T. Cline

      I don’t even feel safe walking to my mail box.
      Blame the ‘progressive Liberals’ for supporting thuggery. Look at New York city gun control capital like Chicago and the rats are even killing the cops there.

    • Brian F

      My .45 is my “American Express”, never leave home without it. I don’t care if its grocery store, my brother’s house who is armed, the bank, whatever. Some asshole shows up with a gun, I’m going to have mine too.

  • AlmightySatan

    Sitting on the toilet must suck big time.

  • MrAntisocialGuy

    I have that exact same holster. I NEVER use it for anything other than storing my gun in the safe so it don’t get scratched. It’s not worth using as a “real” holster at all.

  • dude shave your ass!
    :)

  • Angel Mihaylov Zlatanov

    If there’s one thing for sure, it’s that the gun didn’t fire neatly packed in the holster. No matter how sharp sights you have, it’s impossible for the slide to rip the upper side of the holster in such a way. To me, only about 1/3 of the gun was holstered when the shot occurred. With a gun neatly packed inside, the same Blackhawk holster would look this way when you fire a hollowpoint in it:
    https://www.facebook.com/chernaninja/videos/10206771693389311/

  • robert57Q

    This is why I personally prefer manual thumb safeties for IWB carry. This could happen even with a rigid holster if it involves inserting the gun in a position you can not easily see, like SOB.

  • woodstock

    well day-um! butthurt.