Falling while carrying a gun

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    Falling while carrying a gun

    Yesterday I was walking across a friend's lawn at night and didn't realize that there was a guide wire from a utility pole coming down at an angle to the ground in front of me. I did a perfect face-plant; no injuries - except my pride. When I stood up, I immediately checked for my weapon and was glad to feel it was secure and hadn't even budged. My cell phone went flying off its retaining clip, but the gun stayed in place. I carry 24x7 using a belly band, strong-side, about 4 o'clock.

    Anybody else have experience with falls and gun retention?

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    Well, in my 20 plus years of LE work I have fallen, been knocked down, ran over, dragged a little and even crashed in to someone on bike patrol while packing my primary and back-up with 1 retention failure. The other occurred when I was in the military
    The first time it was a Ma-Deuce (50 Browning) that fell from its broken mount as I was grasping the spade grips. I held on for dear life and almost turned in to a giant lawn jart but my other crewmember grabbed me by the legs as I was heading over the side. The second situation was pushing a stalled car out of traffic when my old Smith wheel-gun fell out of the old worn duty holster and went skidding down the street due to the fact I was moving along at a good pace.

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    My last ''test'' (involuntary) was a few weeks ago when bowling with wife and friends.

    Due to some general tomfoolery (read, behaving like an idiot LOL) - I did a sort of hop, skip and leap but finished up having an argument painfully with a chair that was tethered to the floor. Ouch! I finished in a very crumpled and bruised heap, being fortunate not to hit face on way down.

    First thought was for the gun but all was well. I learned that being all but 61 I should be less juvenile in my funning behavior

    Other I just remembered was running at my flying club last summer - when I caught foot on a rock and went down fast! I did fortunately adopt the curl and roll type of fall so actually hit ground with shoulder, rolled and bounced and was again standing quickly - gun was unmoved which was pleasing because I have no retention strap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P95Carry
    I learned that being all but 61 I should be less juvenile in my funning behavior
    My favorite saying --- I used to be young and stupid. Now I'm just not young! (51 on April 2nd)
    "Let not your heart be troubled." John 14:1

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    I'm glad you guy's can still do that! My gun, may stay, but my bones would shatter!
    1. Dum spiramus tuebimur -"While we breath, we shall defend"

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    Before I became a holster maker I had 2 incidence to tell you about...both are almost comical....I'll let you determine that. K?

    First I had a Kahr K40 IWB in a Don Hume 715 holster....playing with my kids at McD's in the playland...lunch time on a weekend. Packed with soccor moms...my son around 5-6 years old at the time, runs up behind me and slams into me...full steem. I lost my balance and hit the floor...I watched my K40 slide across the floor......
    I very promptly reholstered my gun and got my kids...apologizing to any and all people as I left.......

    I was on a business trip to wyoming in the mid 90's. I was in a hotel bathroom during a convention and was sitting on the "throne" doing my business. I sat my gun on my pants, which are around my ankles....and forgot about it. I got finished and stood up...watching my gun...slide across the floor under the next stall.
    After a moment of eire silence....a very kind foot slides my gun back under to my stall. A faceless "thank you" and I was off to the convention again.

    OOps......Stuff happens.........
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    During an undercover deal in the lower Florida Keys in the early 90’s I got out of the U/C vehicle to meet with a bad guy at a local bar. Bad guy was setting at a window seat and could see me in the parking lot. Got out of the van and my Model 60 slipped down my pants leg and went under the van. Had on short pants and a wife beater. No holster just rubber bands around the butt of the Model 60 tucked inside my short pants. Come to think about it I still have rubber bands around the butt of the gun. U/C went good and one of the surveillance units got my gun for me after the deal. I have several marks on top of the gun from the fall.

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    Yes i have fallen with A gun on but its never fell out of the holster good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Larsen
    Before I became a holster maker I had 2 incidence to tell you about...both are almost comical....I'll let you determine that. K?

    First I had a Kahr K40 IWB in a Don Hume 715 holster....playing with my kids at McD's in the playland...lunch time on a weekend. Packed with soccor moms...my son around 5-6 years old at the time, runs up behind me and slams into me...full steem. I lost my balance and hit the floor...I watched my K40 slide across the floor......
    I very promptly reholstered my gun and got my kids...apologizing to any and all people as I left.......

    I was on a business trip to wyoming in the mid 90's. I was in a hotel bathroom during a convention and was sitting on the "throne" doing my business. I sat my gun on my pants, which are around my ankles....and forgot about it. I got finished and stood up...watching my gun...slide across the floor under the next stall.
    After a moment of eire silence....a very kind foot slides my gun back under to my stall. A faceless "thank you" and I was off to the convention again.

    OOps......Stuff happens.........
    Shoot well.
    That's good. I can see that happening to me .

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankmako
    During an undercover deal in the lower Florida Keys in the early 90ís I got out of the U/C vehicle to meet with a bad guy at a local bar. Bad guy was setting at a window seat and could see me in the parking lot. Got out of the van and my Model 60 slipped down my pants leg and went under the van. Had on short pants and a wife beater. No holster just rubber bands around the butt of the Model 60 tucked inside my short pants. Come to think about it I still have rubber bands around the butt of the gun. U/C went good and one of the surveillance units got my gun for me after the deal. I have several marks on top of the gun from the fall.
    If you finished the job after that, got just a little ice water in the veins.

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    Chris, I live by the concept that after 30, folks shouldn't oughtta put their butts over their heads ... falling also qualifies!
    Jack

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    30 eh Jack - naw, that's way too early a cut-off point!!

    If I can do that at 60+ - well, no one need give it up - but it is better when no one else is lookin! Bruises tho tend to be more pronounced!
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    Ok I was working on a site in BFE drilling holes through the concrete of a service bay at a former gas station in order to collect soil samples. I was crouched down to make sure I had broken through the concrete. When I stood up I turned around to go to the next location and barked my shin on the hydraulic lift arm that goes under the car. Of course my foot then got caught and I went head over butt onto the concrete. Lying on my back thinking, "ow that hurt" I could feel the Glock still snug in its IWB holster.

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    No, never had a retention failure and none of my holsters have retention strips/breaks.

    Now, I have fallen allot though

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    Played laser tag with my daughter and never lost the 84. Also took a nap with the BDA iwb and it never budged.
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