Holsters offer a safe, effective and utilitarian manner with which to carry your guns. Leave the carry sans a holster to criminals, amateurs who don’t know any better and fools.
Holsters protect your gun, aid in comfortable carriage and keep your firearm in a consistent position and location on your hip. A well-fitted holster will also prevent your gun from falling out of your waistband into the blue water of a porta-John, or the public toilet, while doing your business.
It also helps ensure nothing gets into the trigger guard and causes the gun to fire while re-holstering.
Sometimes in the gun culture, we talk about Mexican carry. It has nothing to do with Chipotle. Instead, it involves stuffing a gun into your pants sans a holster.
Bing.com only has 30,400,000 returns for “shot himself while putting gun in pants.”
And even if successfully stuffed into the waistband, plenty of things can go wrong. Best case scenario, you lose control of your gun and it falls to the ground or skitters across pavement at the worst possible time. Not only will scratching up your gun’s finish not help the gun’s value, but it may result in criminal charges. A worse outcome involves self-inflicted gunshot wound. The worst-case scenario involves your gun accidentally discharging and wounding or killing a bystander.
The same goes for pocket or purse carry. Carry with a holster so the gun remains secured in position, with the trigger group covered to ensure virtually no risk of accident bangs. Chapstick, lipstick, keys and other pocket- or purse-dwelling objects can find their way into the trigger assemblies in unholstered handguns. Sometimes, if the planets align in the wrong way, those objects may cause the gun to fire.
Alternatively, for those carrying in a pocket, a pocket holster may help preclude the gun falling out of the pocket. More importantly, it’ll keep the gun oriented in the proper position to draw (or simply fire.)
Don’t be like “that guy” who went to the pulmonology clinic in Peoria, IL with his Derringer rolling loose in his windbreaker’s pocket. Not only was the medical facility posted no guns, but the man didn’t have a clue that his Cobra .38 Special Derringer was most certainly not “drop safe.”
Here’s an excerpt from what I wrote about the incident which happened only a couple of days before I visited the same office.
The story I got when I talked to the medical staff differed somewhat from the news article. While the tech took my blood pressure, she told me what happened with mild amusement.
She said her fellow tech went in to update this guy’s medication list. As they talked and she entered the changes, this guy’s jacket fell to the floor. The pistol discharged with an incredibly loud pop (go figure) and the round went through the base of the chair and struck our irresponsible gun owner roughly at the base of his right butt cheek.
Initially, the medical staffer didn’t see or feel any new perforations, but then her patient asked her to call for help. At first she seemed incredulous that the round had hit him from below. But sure enough, he had ruined the chair and a perfectly good pair of pants.
Fortunately for our hero, the round missed his femoral artery by millimeters. “Otherwise he might have bled to death before he made it to the ED,” my tech added.
Later, I found out ISP revoked his carry license.
Don’t be “that guy.” Use a holster.
It remains in everyone’s best interest to carry using a properly sized and fitted holster. It’ll keep you and those around you safe, the gun secured, and if you need it, the carry rig will keep your Roscoe properly oriented for ease of access in an emergency.