Incendiary Image of the Day: No Holster for the NRA Edition



There will be some who will say that the only thing incendiary about the above NRA Facebook post image is the fact that I chose to use it for our Incendiary Image of the Day feature. After all, the more important point is that the D.C. City Council is a bunch of anti-firearms freedom statist you-know-whats. Still. the NRA’s “thing” is gun safety. Not civilian disarmament dressing itself up as gun safety (e.g., Everytown for Gun Safety). Being safe with a gun. There is no way that the NRA should show a concealed carrier carrying a firearm without a proper holster. So yes, this image is incendiary to gun safety weenies like me. Deal with it. I had to.


  1. avatar Ralph says:

    “We don’t want it, so expose yourself.”

    Uh, maybe she should rephrase.

    1. avatar SelousX says:

      @Ralph: Will her comments have any bearing on the case before the Supreme Court?

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Did you see what she looks like? It’s the only way for her.

    3. avatar T-DOG says:

      Sounds to me she is a supporter of open carry.

    4. avatar rlc2 says:

      That council woman reminds me of the saying “you get the face you deserve by the age of 40”.

      Would not want to come home to that woman one night, much less every night.

    5. avatar Rad Man says:

      Everytime I expose myself somebody calls the police. It’s really inconvenient.

  2. avatar Full Cleveland says:

    I have said this before. I wish someone would follow up on all the infringements DC puts on firearms and also legislate that they be applied to freedom of religion. Permit applications, registration, database – everything. If we can cripple one right we can cripple two.

  3. avatar Chris Mac says:

    I would consider it a violation of privacy and a possible invitation to criminals for robbery.

    Maybe they should consider going to open carry.

    Just a thought.

    1. avatar Chris Mac says:

      and yes it should be in a holster.

      1. It doesn’t need a holster…It’s not a Glock.

        1. avatar Swarf says:

          Maybe it’s an R51. Definitely no need for a holster.

        2. avatar tdiinva says:

          Another win for a 1911 over the Glock. If I chose holsterless carry my 1911 I would use both safeties. I have a XD-45 with a thumb safety so I could Mexican carry it too if I were so inclined. Not that I ever carry without a holster.

        3. 1911 is to heavy for Mexican carry so another win for Glock. The Glock won’t misfire without pulling the trigger. Not that I endorse carrying in that manner either.

        4. avatar tdiinva says:

          So says you. The 1911 is very popular in Mexico and throughout Central America. Mexican carry is the preferred method. Americans have become pussies.

        5. Another win for Glock. Glock owners don’t need extra safeties. 1911 carriers are pussies.

        6. avatar tdiinva says:

          It is true that Glock owners don’t have safeties, but the empirical evidence shows that they need them.

        7. avatar LC says:

          If you carry a gun, get a fvcking holster. Not a cheap one you got at Bubbas Small Gunshop and Co made in china. A quality leather or kydex holster.

        8. If you carry a rifle, get a fvcking scabbard.

      2. avatar LC says:

        “If you carry a rifle, get a fvcking scabbard.”

        Do you carry it on a scabbard on your back? oh right, no you dont.

        Your point would have made sense if you said “sling”.

    2. avatar Misnomer says:

      They would never allow that. The very fact they want to know who is armed and who isn’t, but don’t want to actually see the gun underscores the real reason… Irrational fear.

      Next stop, arm-bands for gun owners.

      1. avatar Stinkeye says:

        It’s not fear (irrational or otherwise) that motivates these people. It’s a desire to control other people.

        1. avatar Jus Bill says:


  4. avatar blahpony says:

    I’m kinda wishing there would be a posting of the DC council’s addresses and home phone numbers.

    “Who cares about the confidentiality of a public official? We don’t want it, so expose yourself.”

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      Yup. My first thought as well. Expose everything about them.

      1. avatar Colt Magnum says:

        Also, publish the names of all armed federal employees.

      2. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Google them up. Their info is Public Record.

  5. avatar El Mac says:

    Well, if it’s Friday, it must be time for yet another “bash the NRA” piece on TTAG.

  6. avatar Scrubula says:

    hey, at least the trigger guard is covered. and the hammer appears to be at half-cock.

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      Looks like a Bersa, so the hammer should be fully decocked.

      Which is what that dude will be if he doesn’t invest in a holster.

      1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        I had the same thought … a Bersa. With the hammer down like that, that pistol is no more likely to discharge than a revolver with a stiff double action trigger. While I highly recommend that people carry in properly fitting holsters that completely cover the trigger, I cannot realistically see that firearm ever discharging unless the owner intentionally discharges it.

        1. avatar Timmy! says:

          Well, I know that MY Bersa holds the hammer at that position (off the firing pin but NOT at half-cock) when the safety is on. I assumed that was what was going on in the picture… but yeah, otter be in an holster.

  7. avatar TT says:

    Is that a picture of concealed carry or a do-it-yourself vasectomy kit?

    1. avatar Clu says:

      Agreed… To many times have I watched my brother, a retired army vet who did his time in Afghanistan, shove a hot Glock down his pants. I cringed and bitch everytime. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes… but you’d think he’d know better.

  8. avatar JaxD says:

    Well, they are trying to attract the “urban” gun owner.

    1. No they are going after immigrant vote by showing “Mexican Carry”.

    2. avatar Swarf says:

      If you’ve got some racist bullshit to say, come out and say it. Don’t hide behind scare quotes.

      1. It is only racist if it is hurtful.

      2. avatar JaxD says:

        Careful there, you might fall off your high horse.

      3. avatar WRH says:

        There is nothing racist about Mexican Carry. There is history there. Look it up.

        1. I think he was referring to “urban” although Mexican is more of a slur. Call a Puerto Rican Mexican and see how he reacts.

      4. avatar twency says:

        Requoted from:

        “If you go back to the roots of this term, you find that there is no racism, nor anything else pejorative in “Mexican Carry.” The lore of the gun tells us that back in the 19th Century, the Mexican vaquero, much like the American cowboy, was an independent and self-reliant sort who often made it a point to carry a handgun. Alas, the history of 19th century Mexico was entailed one despot rising after another. The day came when the average citizen was stripped of his former right to go armed when he wished.

        This did not sit well with the fiercely freedom-loving caballeros. They grudgingly took off their gun belts and holsters, because possession of those accoutrements would be seen as evidence that they had violated the draconian new laws that disarmed them. However, they defiantly kept their handguns, simply stuffing them into the waistband behind their ordinary belt. If the Federales hove into view, the citizen would simply slip his revolver into some discreet place where he could retrieve it later.

        Thus, as I understand the history of the matter, there’s nothing culturally negative about “Mexican Carry,” as it became known. When we use the term, we’re paying homage to generations of men south of the border who refused to give up the right to protect themselves and their families because petty tyrants attempted to make them helpless.

  9. avatar Amok! says:

    They, the DC city council, are such little b*tches. Especially Yvette.

    That’s why they have to worry about law abiding citizens carrying concealed.

    She wont confront the local crips or bloods, but she will go after the law abiding because she knows they are law abiding and are no threat to her.

    Yvette’s critical thinking failures are staggering.

    Welcome to every other statist.

    They shrink from any law abiding citizen taking personal responsibility to protect themselves like a slug that gets salt sprinkled on it.

    Personal responsibility is their salt…..they utterly recoil from it.

  10. avatar Kyle says:

    I carry all the time without a holster. I have a clip draw for both of my edc weapons. It is not unsafe. I have not been able to find a single holster that is comfortable and allows for good concealment.

    1. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      Levi’s watch pocket makes a perfect holster for an LCP

    2. avatar rlc2 says:

      Clip draw works good on my G23, in small of back.
      And Israeli Carry makes it safe enough, if I had to CCW.

      Thats about the only place on my fat body it works IWB…
      so I’m working on the fat part now…
      much cheaper than trying one holster after another…

      While waiting on Peruta, to get CCW.
      Which gives me to about 2017, way I figure it,
      which is just about right to get the right size pants again…:)

  11. avatar racer88 says:

    I posted this and commented about it on Facebook (yesterday or the day before?).

    I suspect it’s a stock photo licensed by an agency. If you do a search for “gun in waistband” on a service like, you’ll find most of them are not holstered.

    It’s certainly an unfortunate choice of photos…. probably selected by some underling tasked with adding images to an article written by someone else.

    1. avatar BDub says:

      It is infact the very first photo that comes up on, when you search; gun, waistband. Little effort went into this.

      Whoever does the facebook posts for the NRA should have chosen a different image, or no image at all. The photo choice for the article was not the NRA’s, but the choice to include it in their Facebook post was.

    2. avatar racer88 says:

      The article (and photo) is published on, NOT THE NRA. The NRA just posted a link to it on their facebook page. Neither the article nor the photo were published by the NRA.

  12. avatar freakshowSMVM says:

    You sure its not in one? I’ve seen some damned minimalist holsters, ones that are just formed kydex on the trigger guard and it only barely goes past the trigger. Lanyard on other end

    1. avatar Rokurota says:

      No clip or lanyard visible, so I’m saying no holster. Plus, as someone above pointed out, it’s a stock photo. So 10 to 1 it’s Mexican.

      1. avatar JSF01 says:

        Look at the belt loop. That pair of pants either appears to have either two belt loops right on top of each other or one is a clip.

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          It’s not a belt clip, nor is it two belt loops. The denim is folded to make the belt loop more visually interesting. Note the bar stitch that goes all the way across the bottom.

  13. avatar Grindstone says:

    These kind of people believe we exist only at the whim of the state.

  14. avatar racer88 says:

    To be clear… The photo is in an article by, NOT the NRA. The NRA published a LINK to the article on their Facebook page. The photo comes up via the link.

  15. avatar pod says:

    NRA needs to talk to their social media intern, stat.

    Also, Facebook has a convenient “edit” feature now where you can swap photos on business pages. They could retain their stats and reach and use an image with a properly-holstered firearm.

  16. avatar ADC USN/Ret says:

    I agree

    Gun-grabbers take note.

    Gun Free Zones Kill.

    Therefor, lawmakers enacting those laws are killing us.

    Therefor, the gun-grabbers who knowingly vote for them, kill.

    Is there more than that?

    YOU gun-grabbers are the problem!

  17. avatar sagebrushracer says:

    photo caption should be: “best way to quick draw your wank off”

  18. avatar Marcus says:

    I often carry sans holster. My belt and jeans with that little pocket a in as a pocket is very secure. I forget the name, some famous brand I used for my SW 38…. SOB fell out of my holster when I hoisted my pants going into a box store. With three different pistols,small and full size, my belt and pocket were the mose secure and concealable.

    1. What is a holster but yet another pocket? The purpose of pocket holsters are to orient the pistol and cover the trigger. If your pistol fits perfectly in the pocket and those two requirements are satisfied, then it is ok by me. The waistband thing has the problem of getting dropped but I don’t think you are more likely to shoot yourself Mexican carrying than carrying in an appendix holster. I haven’t seen the holster that stops a bullet.

  19. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Expose yourself to Washington DC.

  20. avatar GringoFusilero says:

    The guy in the picture is not doing anything unsafe.

  21. Empirical evidence? Were you hurt severely?

  22. avatar C says:

    rabble rabble, manufactured outrage! …nah, i don’t really care.

  23. avatar Don from CT says:

    I’m a safety weenie. I use a holster. All the time. But that doesn’t mean I agree with Mr. Farago.

    Holsterless carry is perfectly safe as long as the chamber is empty. I know a gun shop owner who has carried a 1911 that way for 30 years. He’s told me he just can’t get comfortable with a holster, but that the 1911 just fits him perfectly plain and unwrapped.

    Is this how I’d carry? No. Is this how I teach my students to carry? No.

    But, is it safe? Yes.

    1. As long as it is secure, it is safe. I would rather have a holster for a gun that is in a bag or in a drawer or on my night stand as it is more dangerous to pick it up in the dark. Then again, if there is a thumb safety on it, then it is no more dangerous than a shotgun or rifle leaning on the wall. Note that there is no law requiring a holster.

  24. avatar LC says:

    Get a quality holster. End of discussion.

  25. avatar scooter says:

    I will gladly let my ccw status be public info, as long as we also publish which houses have dogs, alarms, and safes, as well as who lives in them. As a professional criminal, this info would be very useful to me. Thank you for your cooperation! Now let’s get a fundraiser going to buy the nimrod in the pic a holster.

  26. avatar shawn says:

    I just e- mailed this to our dear friend yvette alexander of the D.C. Ward 7 city council. Dear council member Yvette Alexander,                     Thank you for your support of law abiding gun owners in the D.C. area. With your outspoken bravery on the issue of concealed carry, and the pro gun stance that you are so passionate about. I wanted to personally thank you for your efforts of voicing your pro gun opinion of concealed carry permit holders and thier right to privacy. Without you Ms.Alexander our cause would be at the bottom of everyones list. All of your fighting for the “people of the gun” has made you a household name in my city and state, West Virginia. Also in honor of your ongoing battle with this issue my local gun club has made you an honorary member of the year. Your name , adress, phone number, and email will be published on our nationally read website and a dozen or so newspapers in areas of other gun club chapters. This is so the law abiding gun owners and conealed carry permit holders can thank you personally as I just have. Again thank you Ms. Alexander we are glad to have you on our team.                                                                                      sincerely,                                                                      A law abiding ccw permit holder

  27. avatar Resident CT says:

    It reminds me of a WW2 resistance “holster” that consisted of a loop of twine, that was passed over and under your belt such that a pistol could be held inside the waistband. If the resistance member had to discard the gun the “holster” could be quickly removed from the belt and discarded also. I imagine that WW2 period holster were the kind that required the belt loop through it.

  28. avatar Matt in FL says:

    I believe in holsters, but I really don’t see much wrong with the picture. It appears to me that his waistband is plenty tight enough to hold that gun in place. Modern guns are all quite drop safe, so it’s extraordinarily unlikely to go off even if it does fall. Ergo, it poses no threat to me, so it’s none of my business how he carries.

  29. avatar Bertha Phenation says:

    Have carried Mexican for 30 plus years, never an ND. Glocks, Sigs, 1911 you name it, all with a round chambered. Now, I have had Nds when the piece was in my hand and my mind was elsewhere. Back to you ladies.

  30. avatar Blah says:

    What’s wrong with no holster? When in the DC Metro Area, Northern Virginia specifically, if I was just walking to the store in the middle of the night or down to the River front, I’d generally be in basketball shorts, with no holster. Never suffered an ND or came close.

    The main argument we’ve been making to the government is it’s our right to carry, whatever we want, however we want. You’re basically implying the same shit as lefties by judging people who carry legally, as they please, even though it’s simply a method you don’t agree with.

    Usually you guys are pretty spot on when it comes to what you post, but other times it’s so full of self-righteous derp, it’s ridiculous. And this is why I went from a daily reader to every couple months at best. But it’s your site, so ya’ll are obviously free to insert any opinion you please on matters.

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