Pocket Gun discharge in pocket
This is a discussion on Pocket Gun discharge in pocket within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I am bringing this up because I was just informed that one of my friends shot himself in the leg.
This man is ...
May 10th, 2008 01:18 PM
Pocket Gun discharge in pocket
I am bringing this up because I was just informed that one of my friends shot himself in the leg.
This man is 64 years old and is a heart patient. He takes nitro pills and keeps a bottle of them in his pocket...the same pocket that he keeps his .32 Keltec in.
He went to grab a pill, and when he reached in his pocket to get the bottle out, it was somehow fouled with his gun, and the gun went off, shooting though his lower leg and stopping in the cab of his SUV. For those that care, it was a Winchester Silver-tip...and it showed little expansion...luckily for him.
He was fortunate. The bullet did not fragment and trash an artery, it just chewed up some muscle and is very painful. He took 4 days off from work ( this happened on a Monday) and finally went back on Friday.
I know that a lot of people on this board carry pocket guns and many of them carry a bare gun in their pocket.
Although I have never recommended carry in that way, and only recommend that you carry in a small pocket holster, the dangers of pocket carry don't seem to get discussed much.
At least in pocket holster designed for such, fouling with other objects would seem to be more difficult.
So here is a friendly reminder to keep you from accidently shooting yourself and ruining your week...
If you do happen to carry a "naked" gun in your pocket, make dang sure that you dedicate that pocket to your gun and ONLY your gun.
DO NOT carry anything else in it...change, keys, bottle of nitro pills, rings, good luck tokens, your kids chewed bubblegum, even a pocket knife could get wrapped up in it and cause bad things to happen.
Life is hard enough without shooting yourself by accident...
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May 10th, 2008 01:21 PM
And, if you must pocket carry, and your gun has a safety, make sure it's on. Practice drawing (unloaded, of course), and turning off safety simultaneously. My $.02 worth.
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May 10th, 2008 01:29 PM
You should NEVER carry a pocket pistol without a holster that covers the trigger up. I don't care how double-action that trigger is.
I always get really nervous when I see these belt clips or other contraptions on small pocket-type guns:
"Naked and Starving as They are We Cannot Enough Admire the Incomparable Patience and Fidelity of the Soldiery" – George Washington, Valley Forge, 1777.
May 10th, 2008 01:51 PM
I'm sorry to hear about your friends. It just goes to show no matter how old you are, no matter how many times you have done something, freak stuff can and will happen. Unfortunately, this was a very painful lesson for him but luckily no one else was injured.
May 10th, 2008 01:57 PM
There are two primary rules of pocket carry, IMO: having it in a proper holster (as with any gun), and not carrying anything else in that pocket but the firearm.
Originally Posted by HotGuns
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the number of victims?
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May 10th, 2008 02:22 PM
I rate pocket carry slightly higher than S.O.B. carry. It's not for me although I do understand why people do it.
May 10th, 2008 02:41 PM
I pocket carry every once in a while and I would never carry without my holster. Just too dangerous. Glad your friend is ok.
May 10th, 2008 02:57 PM
Great reminder for all...
Never, never, never...carry ANY gun on you person without the trigger covered in a holster (of some type).
Stay armed...carry properly..stay safe!
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May 10th, 2008 04:12 PM
Pocket holsters are cheap... Glad to hear that your friend is ok.
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May 10th, 2008 04:34 PM
With a good holster I see no dangers to pocket carry; without a holster... well, as this thread shows, the results speak for themselves.
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May 10th, 2008 04:34 PM
The rule should be expanded beyond 'keep your booger hook off the bang switch"...keep EVERY damn thing away from the bang switch unless you're about to shoot the dang thing.
May 10th, 2008 05:34 PM
Doctors are expensive
Yup, pocket holsters are cheap. Doctors to patch the hole resulting from not using a holster are EXPENSIVE.
Originally Posted by wht06rado
The economics (never mind the safety) are all in favor of using a holster.
Glad your friend is O.K. Given that he was reaching for the nitroglycerine, this accident could easily have turned into "the big one."
May 10th, 2008 05:55 PM
I don't know if it has to be fatal to win a Darwin Award, so maybe he's eligible for nomination....
May 10th, 2008 06:51 PM
To be up for the Darwin Award you have to remove yourself from being able to contribute to the gene pool. Whether by death or castration, you just can't be able to reproduce.
Originally Posted by JimmyC4
I don't think this guy would qualify anyway, sure it wasn't a good idea to pocket carry without a holster, but he didn't pull a "hey ya'll, watch this!" type of move either. Glad he's ok, and this has strengthened my resolve to get a proper holster for my LCP when I get it.
May 10th, 2008 08:21 PM
ALWAYS have the trigger covered by a holster, ALWAYS!
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