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Keep your booger hook off the bang switch

Especially while holstering:

16 Responses to “Keep your booger hook off the bang switch”

  1. Mr. B Says:

    Bet it is a pistol without a separate manual safety.

    (Note: This is NOT an excuse for this type of accident, but manual safeties DO help prevent this sort of accident)

  2. Robb Allen Says:

    The manual safety is just a crutch to lean on for poor pistol handling skills. Putting your finger on the trigger is dumb and honestly deserves this kind of reminder exactly HOW stupid it is.

    Great job on just leaving a loaded pistol on the ground and walking away while inmates are standing there a foot or two away.

  3. Drake Says:

    Had one of those detained individuals been in the mood for trouble, this could have been much much worse. Gun lays on the floor for precious seconds.

  4. Weer'd Beard Says:

    I never got the whole idea of why cops constantly have to manipulate their guns like this. Especially given the crazy rubic’s holsters the departments make them wear these days.

  5. HL Says:

    Boy, not only is that a lesson about gun safety, but it illustrates how disorienting something like that is as well.

    When something happens that makes you say “I can’t believe this is happening!” The mind just doesn’t work right and you do things that make no sense. Your pulse jumps through the roof, you can’t think…condition black sets in.

    That is why the cop walks around stunned and leaves the gun on the floor.

    Its an unfortunate event (though fortunate no one appears to have been seriously hurt, though I can’t tell if the hopping fellow was shot in the foot), but very educational on many levels.

  6. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    Was it his finger? Or was it his holster, his clothing or maybe a string or toggle from his Captain Tactical vest?

  7. Mike V Says:

    Can’t really tell since his gun side is away but my bet would be finger on trigger.

  8. Shootin' Buddy Says:

    Mike, safe bet, but I’ve seen reholstering discharges from a bunch of goofy stuff. Just askin’.

  9. Speakertweaker Says:

    Robb beat me to it on both points. In this case, a manual safety may have prevented the ND, and would allow for the poor handling practices to continue.

    AAAAAaaaaaand then walk away from the gun as it hits the floor.

    “Only Ones” my ass.


  10. Dante Says:

    Did anyone else hear “Yakety Sax” in their head while watching this???

  11. Kristopher Says:

    Every time you fiddle with your gun is another chance to screw up and put yer booger hook on that bang switch.

    I really dislike laws that require CCW holders to give up weapons before entering certain buildings.

    I realize that disarming before entering a prison is necessary, but … who had the bright idea of putting that station anywhere near where prisoners in transit might get access?

  12. Kristopher Says:

    I think pulling the whole belt + holster with the pistol still holstered is a better notion. Pull off the keepers, and roll the belt and holster into a bundle and hand it over.

    This precludes using a pants belt holster, of course.

  13. Cliff Says:

    Mas Ayoob teaches in one of his books, and I presume his classes, that you should keep your thumb on the hammer when reholstering since you will not be strong enough to make it fire if you are pressing down on the hammer, and you will feel it early enough to stop it too. Don’t try this at home as you will bend/break parts first. I guess it won’t work on most striker fired weapons, however.

  14. Pol Mordreth Says:

    Another reason I use a paddle holster. When I have to remove it, it comes off paddle and all and goes in the locker. Trigger never exposed.

  15. clamp Says:

    Good thing he wasn’t using the appendix carry. Nothing worse than a sex change at the local jail.

  16. Pyrotek85 Says:

    @Robb Allen
    Yeah early on I thought I’d like the ‘extra protection’ of a manual safety, but I realized that it was inviting complacency in handling. I also realized that while my Glock has no manual safety, pulling the trigger is about the only way it will go off, since the passive safeties keep it from discharging from a drop or impact.

    @Pol Mordreth
    Yup, I use an IWB holster for the same reason. I don’t unload or anything when I disarm either, just pull the holster out along with the still loaded gun. Loading and unloading every day is unnecessary IMO.