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    "Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy." I have recently started using a SmartCarry and when you are sitting down the muzzle is pointing at your leg. So how do you folks resolve that conflict?

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    well this is my oppinion when HOLSTERD the gun is renderd safe just my 2ct
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcatg View Post

    "Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy." I have recently started using a SmartCarry and when you are sitting down the muzzle is pointing at your leg. So how do you folks resolve that conflict?
    Keep your booger hook off the bang switch.

    Any half way decently made modern firearm is not going to go off unless the trigger is pulled intentionally. If it is in a holster it can't go bang. Your more apt to do some damage when placing it into the smart carry or getting it out then you are sitting there not messing with it.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcatg View Post

    "Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy." I have recently started using a SmartCarry and when you are sitting down the muzzle is pointing at your leg. So how do you folks resolve that conflict?
    If the trigger is covered, you're not going to destroy anything.
    Smart carry in not my choice. Technically, your gun is always pointing at 'something' in any holster...that's not really a problem.
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    The Smart Carry is at the bottom of my list for carry choices but, its not dangerous. As has been mentioned, keep your booger hook off the bang switch.

    Its all good. Holstered=Safe. The stories of the gun discharging are stupid folks who wanna play with the gun.
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    o I think it's impossible to capture ALL the procedures and practices of safe gun handling in as few words as there are in the four basic safety rules (regardless of how you phrase them).

    o To me the importance and benefit of these four rules is that they succinctly capture the essence of the mental and physical habits that one should develop.

    o I try to scrupulously follow these "rules", and yet I have found that it's impossible to ALWAYS follow the LETTER of the rules. In other words, I have found in practice that there are allowable and/or inescapable exceptions to all of them (if they are taken literally).

    o I use a Smart Carry, and also a shoulder holster (among other holsters) when appropriate to my needs. As others have advised I focus most conscientiously on keeping my finger (and anything else) out of the trigger guard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcatg View Post

    "Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy." I have recently started using a SmartCarry and when you are sitting down the muzzle is pointing at your leg. So how do you folks resolve that conflict?
    A good holster and keeping your hand away from it.
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    As others have said, if your weapon is holstered, and you are not touching the trigger. It's not going to go off.

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    Not applicable to a properly holstered firearm.

    I am certain that when you are walking around on the second floor of a house with your firearm in your Smart Carry you are not willing to destroy the tops of the heads of the people walking or sitting on the first floor beneath you.

    Your holstered firearm is pointing directly down onto the tops of their heads.

    It's just that you cannot see it because humans cannot see through floors but, bullets can EASILY pass through floors with deadly consequences.

    That is why we do not fidget with firearms once they are properly holstered.
    Leave it holstered. Leave it alone.

    That is why we always keep fingers off the trigger.

    Quote Originally Posted by tomcatg View Post

    "Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy." I have recently started using a SmartCarry and when you are sitting down the muzzle is pointing at your leg. So how do you folks resolve that conflict?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcatg View Post

    "Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy." I have recently started using a SmartCarry and when you are sitting down the muzzle is pointing at your leg. So how do you folks resolve that conflict?
    I'm not sure how you are wearing yours, but when I'm wearing mine and sitting, the barrel is pointing at the space between my knees and/or legs. The only time the barrel would be pointing at some part of my body is if I cross my ankles or legs.

    Is yours at an angle or something? Or worn over to one side?

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    Iv been using mine more and more this year and feel quit safe with it, just make sure you do a safety check on your weapon every time you holster it and dont fidget and mess with it when your carrying
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    Thanks for all the replies. I ASSUMED (and you know what that means) that if it was holstered that was a different story but I wanted other opinions. Grady I was sitting on the couch with my legs crossed (man style) when I realized that it was pointing at my leg. The only reason I bought a Smartcarry was for around the house in sweatpants and such as I usually carry IWB or Holstershirt when out. I am very careful when handling firearms especially when holstering and un-holstering it. I have really come to appreciate the safety of a quality holster in the five months I have been carrying.

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    At the risk of being pummelled by the collective I don't worry about it because I practice draw and rack with a G26 and G19. I mostly carry the 26.

    I practice at least every six weeks sometimes twice a month. I read and watched as much as I could to make the decision and feel confident that if I need to stop a threat I will be able to efficiently. Within 15 and sometimes 20 feet I can place my first shot after rack, which is basically part of the rack motion, as well as most folks aimed shot. It's taken maybe a thousand rounds but I can hit center mass first shot and follow up with an aimed second, third...

    I have thought about being around other folks that when seated are basically muzzle sweeping me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locust Grove View Post
    At the risk of being pummelled by the collective I don't worry about it because I practice draw and rack with a G26 and G19. I mostly carry the 26.

    I practice at least every six weeks sometimes twice a month. I read and watched as much as I could to make the decision and feel confident that if I need to stop a threat I will be able to efficiently. Within 15 and sometimes 20 feet I can place my first shot after rack, which is basically part of the rack motion, as well as most folks aimed shot. It's taken maybe a thousand rounds but I can hit center mass first shot and follow up with an aimed second, third...

    I have thought about being around other folks that when seated are basically muzzle sweeping me.
    Do you rack the slide against your leg, one handed? Practice that way. Both left and right handed. It may be necessary if one hand is not able to be used. I am not totally against a round not chambered. I believe it is better then not having it, with a chance you will be able to rack in time, and/or in a bad position And rack it quietly if you are not the center of attention.

    I have the Smart Carry, I like ThunderWear much better. Non the less using either one, And/or carrying appendix, when I am seated, my Gun is pointing at much more Vital things then just my leg. Or in a shoulder holster pointing at everything behind you.

    For some, common sense is enough. Some others, not so much. I saw on another forum where a guy took a picture of a gun head on, and you could see the bullet in the chamber. But the gun was resting on a table. And still people wrote saying you shouldn’t do that. It’s dangerous. As others have stated, it is for Handling a firearm. But Extra caution with a firearm is not necessarily a bad thing.
    Just my 2 cents.

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