CCW Firearms Training
California Concealed Weapons
Shingletown, California (Shasta County)
part of your CCW Training, you need Holster Training. Below is an example of the
need to check
your holsters for wear. Perform routine safety checks.
article ShastaDefense.com - How to draw and safely holster your firearm
In ShastaDefense.com classes, instruction is given as
to the proper drawing and holstering of a firearm. In the full course, the range
live fire exercises incorporate drawing and holstering (5 step presentation).
Also, potential dangers of holstering are addressed. The following is another
illustration as to why such training is so important.
ShastaDefense.com received the following e-mail. This applies to any type of holster. You want to
routinely check your holster to make sure it is safe. Also, make sure that
clothing (as well as any other type of item) is clear of the holster.
"Something to be aware of so check your holsters.
For those of you who wear leather holsters, see below:
“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.
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, under-wear, the leather seat and bottom of the
car’s door frame.
The bullet nicked my hip, but the wound is nothing a bandage couldn’t cover.
So what went wrong? Guns never go “Bang” all by
After ensuring I wasn’t hemorrhaging profusely and didn’t have to make a
dash for the hospital, I stayed seated in the car as my wife came around to my
door and opened it. I undid my belt and slid the Galco JAK202 Slide
with the gun still in it, off my belt. Why it went off was immediately
The trusty, comfortable, leather holster I had been using for a year and two
weeks had done what a baseball
glove does after lots of use; It got soft. This particular
holster carries the pistol outside the waistband, but inside the belt. The
belt slides through slots in the outer side
of the holster.
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.
I can’t say I didn’t know the crease had been formed in the holster. I
trained myself to be
sure that when holstering, to make sure the gun was fully in the
holster, with the trigger protected. On this day, did I forget
to do that when I holstered up? Did the leather finally get so
soft that a combination of body movements and interference by
the cushy leather seat move the Glock enough to create a
situation where the trigger was engaged by the holster?
I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure, but I’ll humbly admit to the
former as the likely culprit.
However, if it was the latter, then those of you who use this
type of holster need to be aware of its limitations and the
possibility of experiencing what I did.
It might have been a very different story had the incident happened while we
were dining. That bullet ricocheting off the concrete floor could have done
untold damage and just as easily killed somebody. Fortunately nobody got hurt
and damage to the car was minimal. It will be an interesting conversation with
the insurance company to see if they’ll cover the repairs.
Holstering your gun can be just as important as drawing it. Make sure you pay
attention when doing so. If your leather is getting soft and worn, be sure
won’t interfere with your trigger or just replace it.
The back of the slide and/or grip was being pushed downward into the leather
holster…or the holster was being pushed upward with some force. My guess is
the firearm was being pushed and the fold in the holster acted as a finger and
depressed the Glock trigger safety.
This truly brings home the importance of taking care of your equipment and
ensuring it’s in proper working order. Hopefully you can learn from my
situation and prevent an accident like this from happening to you.
Firearms Training Unit "