Do you exercise good muzzle control when carrying?

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    Do you exercise good muzzle control when carrying?

    Just wondering. I find it difficult at times. I guess in theory if you have a gun pointed at your leg all the time the answer is no. But seriously, do you conscientiously avoid situations where your muzzle may point at someone?
    How about when pocket carrying? Almost impossible if you pocket carry at church, there seems to always be someone in front of you.

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    I don't think about it with the weapon in a IWB holster, I don't have people hugging my right leg very often
    don't pocket carry, no horizontal shoulder holster, just not an issue with me
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    Not an issue for me. I cover my hip constantly while standing or walking---that would just be a graze hopefully, if my pistol did decide to go off by itself. When sitting, I'd just get a good powder burn. No other person is ever swept with my muzzle the ways I carry.

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    Do you exercise good muzzle control when carrying?
    It's holstered. So, by definition, yes.

    When walking in a crowd, it's pointing at somebody's foot at all times. When bending over, it's pointing at the next three rearward folks' legs. If pocket carrying, when seated it's pointing at everyone in front of me. Yet, it's holstered.
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    Guns are safe in a holster. I don't sweep people with my gun out of the holster. It's like saying if you have your gun in a Smart Carry, you're jewels are always in jeapordy....

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    My 1911 is in a good IWB holster with the manual safety on, or if I am carrying my revolver it is in a pocket holster. In both cases, the trigger is protected in the holster, and since I don't believe that either gun will go off by itself, I really don't think much about it.
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    Ditto here. It's in the holster, I forget about it. IWB tucked, full trigger guard coverage, safety on and firing pin disengaged.
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    Question

    It's a non-issue with a properly holstered firearm.
    Do you ever walk around armed on the second floor of your home with family members on the first floor?

    Is your floor bullet proof?
    Are the people on the 1st floor wearing Kevlar helmets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    It's a non-issue with a properly holstered firearm.
    Do you ever walk around armed on the second floor of your home with family members on the first floor?

    Is your floor bullet proof?
    Are the people on the 1st floor wearing Kevlar helmets?
    No but I do have a 3 year old that likes to go on walks with me. I make a point for more than one reason, that she walk on the opposite side of which I carry.

    I don't think it to be possible for my M&P to discharge in my M-Tac but I thought a bit of input from you guy's would either condemn some of my actions or reinforce my thoughts.

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    Is your floor bullet proof?
    Are the people on the 1st floor wearing Kevlar helmets?
    Put another way: do you walk on concrete surfaces? In that case, assuming IWB/OWB carried vertically, then you are always pointing the (ricocheting) bullet at yourself. Some things just can't be avoided. Holstered, it shouldn't be an issue.
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    doesn't cross my mind IWB, OWB, or ankle

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    With a proper holster that covers the trigger guard completely, it's really a non issue.

    With a shoulder holster as long as the gun stays in the holster, it's a non issue, but when reholstering, your muzzle may become an issue when people are standing behind you.

    With a belt holster, same thing except that the muzzle is pointed at you or the ground when reholstering.

    Same thing with pocket holster, as long as you don't try to reholster while sitting behind someone. (Typically I pull the holster out of my pocket to reholster so I ensure I don't snag the trigger on anything in the pocket and ensure the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction when putting it back in the holster.)

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    Do you exercise good muzzle control when carrying?
    I carry in a level II retention holster, OWB.

    So, I would say yes I do.
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    Especially when there are children involved we naturally (as the most responsible sort of human beings that we are) tend to sometimes be excessively cautious and no matter if our concerns are 100% rationally based or not.

    I see nothing wrong with that.
    It's a normal human maternal/paternal instinct to go above and beyond ordinary measures to protect ones still helpless offspring.
    I saw it all the time in the animal world and we are basically "human animals" with the identical instinctive behavior that has been ingrained into us since our creation.
    It's an integral part of the self preservation of our species.

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