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My Gun Fell Out!

Smith & Wesson J FrameI loved my first carry set up. A S&W J-Frame (5 shot “snub nosed” revolver) with a Clip Draw attached as a carry method. The Clip Draw is essentially a pocket knife-like clip that attaches to the gun and clips over your belt. It was super easy to carry, just grab-and-go! I liked the simplicity and reduced bulk when compared to a traditional holster.

Then one day I learned the unfortunate lesson of the importance and value of a quality holster with retention that securely fastens to the belt.

During a conversation with a customer in their driveway I bent over to grab some paperwork I dropped on the ground. All of a sudden a large, heavy lump fell into the belly of my sweatshirt as I was bent over. I casually continued the conversation while assessing what was going on inside my clothes!

The minute I felt it, I panicked. My S&W revolver’s Clip Draw had worked its way up and over my belt while driving to the customer’s house. When I bent over, it completely popped out and was sitting in my sweatshirt.

What was I to do? What would have happened if the gun fell flat on the floor? What would have happened if I instinctively tried to grab it as it fell and pulled the trigger? All of the potential outcomes were very unpleasant. Fortunately, I stayed calm and was not far from my truck. I pretended to bend into my truck to look for something while supporting the gun with my off hand to keep it from falling to the ground. Out of view from the customer, I tucked it under the front seat and out of view.

That day the Clip Draw was retired and a quality holster was purchased. A holster that fully protected the trigger guard, had ample retention, and kept the weapon secured in the same place on my belt all day long.

Days later I began to run this scenario through my head over and over again. What if I had been in a tussle or ground fight with someone fighting for my life and my gun just popped out for the assailant to pick up? What if I was able to safely retreat from a threat and while running away my gun popped out and was retrieved by the attacked and used to take an innocent life?

The real lesson I learned was that us armed citizens really are a potential liability on the streets. We must keep our gear, our training, and our mindset in tip-top shape. Always training, inspecting, cleaning, and improving. Stay safe, and carry on!

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