Is it ok?

Is it ok?

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    Is it ok?

    I carry a 9mm pistol with a safety that I normally carry in my pocket with one chambered. Is it ok if in a dark parking lot I put my hand on my gun and take the safety off just in case? As long as I don't touch the trigger? Thanks.


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    Always use a holster that covers the trigger, and never leave a loaded/chambered firearm loose in a pocket/ bag etc. It sounds like you would be more comfortable without a safety on your handgun. Either learn to disable it through muscle memory with your draw stroke or don't use a safety IMO.

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    No.

    Your head is in the right place, but the correct time to sweep off the safety is during the draw - not before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    No.

    Your head is in the right place, but the correct time to sweep off the safety is during the draw - not before.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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    No.

    Train to disengage the safety right before you pull the trigger.

    Also, it is not recommended to carry just a gun by itself in the pocket. At the very least carry it in a holster designed for such.

    Too many things can foul the trigger or the draw. A friend of mine shot himself thought the leg with a .25 when his nitro pill bottle fouled the trigger. He pulled the keys out of his pants and BANG the gun went off. He was not amused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    No.

    Your head is in the right place, but the correct time to sweep off the safety is during the draw - not before.
    Ditto !!! Best advice you'll ever get right there.
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    Welcome! And no.

    Depending on the model of gun, IMHO, it may be acceptable just to leave the safety off all the time - IF it's carried in a good pocket holster that COMPLETELY covers the trigger. Again, depending on the model of gun. But if you're going to use the safety at all, I'd listen to gasmitty.
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    I'll bring up another point since the safety issue has been pretty much agreed upon.

    As to the walking with your hand in your pocket, have you ever stumbled with your hand or hands in your pocket? It can make a broken nose a reality real quick. The same holds true if you are attacked and need to move or push off your attacker to make space. You stand little chance of fending off an attacker to gain space when you have your dominant hand in your pocket. Odds are you will need your hands free to use first before you need faster access to deadly force.
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    Agree NO.

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    You carry with a safety on?

    OK, I may not know your specific weapon....................

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    Yep, it have been said, be safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashleigh View Post
    I carry a 9mm pistol with a safety that I normally carry in my pocket with one chambered. Is it ok if in a dark parking lot I put my hand on my gun and take the safety off just in case? As long as I don't touch the trigger? Thanks.
    No, that's pretty dangerous and I assume you mean gun in holster - if you don't don't even think about it. Get a snub revolver or a Glock etc if you want point and shoot capability, they're made for it. Always use a pocket holster that covers the trigger. Pockets are too small a space for wandering fingers.

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    Welcome to the forum. There is a lot of good information thrown around here and I see you've wasted no time receiving some.

    In the Winter when I am walking my dog I use a pocket holster and put my gloveless hand on my gun. I've settled on this method since:
    1. My gun would be difficult to deploy from my normal IWB location
    2. I don't want to have to try and remove my glove if I need my firearm
    3. A naked hand works better (with the plastic bag) when scooping up piles of warm poop

    I suppose some would maintain that the danger of falling and needing my hand to stop my fall is more real than needing my firearm, especially since my one-eyed dog is basically blind and changes directions at inopportune moments, but I have been interviewed before on these walks and prefer my methodology.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 91wm6 View Post
    Always use a holster that covers the trigger, and never leave a loaded/chambered firearm loose in a pocket/ bag etc. It sounds like you would be more comfortable without a safety on your handgun. Either learn to disable it through muscle memory with your draw stroke or don't use a safety IMO.
    This for sure, what kind of gun? I have a Ruger SR9c and Sig P938, both have safety's that simply require a thumb swipe down during the draw, that is how I practice.

    Like everyone else has said, carrying hot in your pocket without a holster!? Check out Detroit Holster - Pocket & TGH - YouTube local guys, I have not tried them yet but the Trigger Guard Holster is in the running for the wifes P938

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    Normally I would agree with all the "No's", but then I saw you are in Flint, Michigan...
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