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Colorado Springs Man Shoots Self While Holstering
Setup- Colorado Springs, CO- A man entering a car tried to put his .40 S&W handgun into a holster under the seat, and accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting himself in the thigh.
Safety Violations- Rule #3 was obviously broken. Keeping your finger off the trigger is a must-do in these types of gun handling situations. Chances are Rule #2 Muzzle direction was also violated.
Remedy- Guns should always be carried in a holster. Had he been carrying this gun properly in a holster made for this gun none of this would have happened.
Conclusion- Guns Should not be carried without a holster. Why was he putting the gun in the holster? Was he carrying it without one? Maybe he was sitting in the car and reached under the seat to holster the gun. Either way, you should never carry a gun without a proper holster. Holsters that don’t keep their shape are dangerous too. Many of the soft type holsters collapse when the gun is removed making it hard to safely holster the gun when it is time to put it away. Remember the 4 criteria for good holsters. 1. Must be able to acquire a full grip on the handgun. 2. Needs to cover the trigger and trigger guard completely. 3. Has natural retention when turned upside down (gun will not fall out). 4. Holds its shape, does not collapse when the handgun is removed.