Keep your finger off the trigger… (Graphic)

leg gun shot wound

 

Not specifics for this case other that was done during holstering/un-holstering (yeah, that specific.)

In my opinion, most of these type of injuries occur while re-holstering the sidearm. For some reason, there is this thing where we are supposed to put the gun back as fast and as tactically good-looking as possible which is not needed. Let’s be clear, if you are done shooting, speed is no longer of the essence: take you very slow time and reholster safely.  

And if you have not figured it out, another bog part of a safer reholsteing is minding where the muzzle is aiming. The person above might have avoided the injury created by finger violation if the muzzle was aiming at something other than a body part. Never aim at anything you are not willing to destroy.

reholstering
What could possibly be wrong with this picture?

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I think the issue is that many people see advanced shooters and confuse economy of movement with speed. They make it looks so easy, so smooth that appears fast when in reality it is not.

Although a video in never a substitute for good training, this one will give you an idea of how to perform a good drawing and reholstering so you can minimize surprise ballistic body modifications:

Be safe!

8 Replies to “Keep your finger off the trigger… (Graphic)”

  1. Dude!

    You couldn’t find a picture of Chair Force enlisted to show that?

    Be advised that there is a good likelihood that that is the first time those sailors have EVER handled handguns except for firing 5 rounds in boot camp to show them which end is dangerous.




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  2. I’m with cargosquid here….I had more trigger time when I entered the Navy than most of the guys who were supposed to be instructing me years later for quarterdeck watches.




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  3. Can someone please find a video of those prati-tactical shooters where they 1) do not have their hands in front of them praying for a pony, and 2) wearing anything except the shoot-me-first vest? I’d like to see them getting to their gun that’s under a sweatshirt, or covered by whatever they’d choose to wear when there are 3 feet of snow already on the ground and more coming. Heck – I’d settle to watching them get inside their tuxedo jacket when it’s buttoned.

    But back on point – it’s not just keeping your booger hook off the bang switch (although that’s the best thing to do). It’s about having practiced the proper re-holstering over and over and over again. Move his holster 1/2 inch and see how well he does the first time. (And that’s why I practice drawing/reholstering about 25 times per day in addition to dry firing or live shooting. Otherwise it’s like saying you know how to drive a car but have never used reverse gear.

    stay safe.




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  4. I think this is the original for the ‘holes in the leg’ pic:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYvAxLX6OzE

    And Cargo is probably right. When son was going through Basic(Army) the handgun part of ‘training’ involved classroom and then firing a magazine or two, and that was it; I’d imagine the Navy is worse, if anything.

    As a note, when he was stationed in an area of Iraq considered safe, instead of rifle when you went off base for some duties you carried a pistol instead of rifle, but it was empty and the magazine had to be carried in a pocket, NOT in the pistol.




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  5. This is where we remind shooters to be sure to pay the money for a good holster- one that is either kydex, or a good leather holster with a reenforced opening.

    And note, Fobus, Uncle Mikes, Serpas- those are not good holsters.




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