“’What the hell was that?!?’ she said. It took me a half a second to realize that my gun had just gone off…on my hip…in its holster. My wife and I had just finished breakfast at our favorite café and got into the car.” An anonymous contributor to itstactical.com describes his negligent discharge. “Me being the passenger, I rotated my torso to the left to fasten my seatbelt like I always do. When I straightened again, my Glock 19 discharged, blowing a 9mm hole through my pants, underwear, the leather seat and bottom of the car’s door frame.” The culprit: a well-worn Galco JAK202 Slide Belt Holster. Or was it?
The problem stemmed from the leather on the inner side of the holster getting soft. A crease formed, which eventually was large enough to extend beyond the trigger. Manipulate the gun in just the wrong manner and this crease is no different than a finger on the trigger. Boom!
Disagree. The problem stemmed from buying a holster that didn’t cover the trigger. We’ve said it before: you must buy a holster that fits your gun. A holster that allows you to draw and re-holster your gun without putting your finger on trigger as you do so. This picture shows a very bad fit.
The anonymous survivor gets some slack. Check this picture from Galco for the JAK holster.
Is that a good fit? I don’t think so. The gun needs to sit lower in the holster. I mean, the gun is lasering his leg.
Imagine the holster wearer leaning forward and drawing. It looks to me like the rear of the holster top slopes backwards. That might “encourage” the trigger finger to slide down towards the trigger guard during the draw. You might even say it’s an accident waiting to happen, but I couldn’t possibly comment.
Before you buy a holster, and/or afterwards, unload your gun, holster that bad boy and do everything you will do when wearing it: jump, run, sit, lie down, bend, etc. And then practice holstering and reholstering. And then do it ALL THE TIME. If your trigger finger somehow ends up inside the guard, ditch the holster. If your draw or reholster degrades as the holster wears, ditch it. Safety first. Comfort second.