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Oy...

I've been doing a few household jobs for my mother all week long, and this morning's task seem simpled enough: pack up and store a few boxes in the attic. It was 8 not too large boxes, light stuff, nothing over 25 pounds. Piece of cake right? I didn't expect it to take 20 minutes to get them all up there once the boxes were taped shut.

I had about half of the load up before coming back down for the other half, when lo and behold the folding ladder into the attic buckled on me, throwing me completely off balance. I managed to grab one side of the hatch and dangled there by one arm for perhaps 2 seconds before slipping, although it felt like half a minute.

I came down pretty hard, and managed somehow to hit the refridgerator as I did. Smashed right up against it, and then hit the concrete, with the small of my back crashing into the base of the ladder.

It felt wonderful. Not only was it like being kicked in the small of the back by Chuck Norris, it knocked the living snot out of me. Sadly I've been in this situation before and I know the only and best thing you can do is lie there and try to think of something pleasant while air refills your lungs and you have the power to move again.

Anyway I said a few choice words I am glad no one was around to hear and finished up. Smarts a little bit, but no harm done except to my ego.

I was reflecting almost immediately thereafter however how I had crashed into the ladder on the small of my back, and how despite how much it hurt, the impact was actually spread out over across the entire width of my back and not concentrated on my spine. If I'd had a gun there that really could have been bad. I might still be in the floor because I'm the only one here for several hours yet.

I was carrying at the time at 2:30 IWB, and am glad I was because I didn't land on my gun. Even if I had I think the worst consequence would have been a bruised hip.

Something to think about.
 

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Euc,

Sounds like you had a rough morning! Glad everything was cool and your not hurt other than your pride. I agree with small of back carry being possibly not as smart, I do however carry about 4:30 it is the only way I feel comfortable with IWB anyway and with the Max-Con V cant I think, 25 degrees! it carries well that way and is away from my spine.

Ti.
 

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Euc - glad only dignity hurt rather than severe physical damage!

I have an SOB rig and it is a nice example by Horseshoe leather. It has a cant angle of about 45º or so - but I would not wear it central. The only time I tried it was sitting it at about 5.0 to 5.50 and then it sat pretty well - and probably would not then represent any major risk to spine per se. It is a good concealment option but - just find my 3.30 OWB better, much as anything cos my concealment clothing options are more than adequate to do the job.

I have a pic of it -


 

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Hummmmmmm.....Last time I fell over backwards...I think I was 1.5 years old. :biggrin2:
 

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I've seen horror stories about SOB wear on other forums. They were bad enough that I decided a long time ago not to ever carry that way if there were any other option.
 

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It's possible to carry slightly off to the side of the spine without any problems.
The SOB holster configuration is very nice for "to the rear" near "6" carry.
And...absolutely if you tend to fall down often...choose a different carry location.:biggrin2:
 

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I carry a pancake on the right, and here in Mi. it is a messy winter. Now saying that, last night on the way out to the PU I was walking in the center of the drive to stay out of the snow BIG MISTAKE!!!!!! It was all ice and standing water and all I had on was my tennis shoes. Well you al know where this is heading, I did a wonderfull back flip and landed squarely on my back, head went CRACK on the ice, spine and left ankle went crack too. I was lucky, laying there in the water on the ice I was fully aware of the whole sequence of what had just happend, only browned out for a sec. It was at this point I decided it was a good idea not to move untill I could acces my condition. Other than a brused tail bone and very sore side and a very minor sprain I am undammaged. The HK stayed in the holster and never got in the way of my high speed trip to the ground.
 

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I too am glad to hear that you weren't hurt. I would guess that an S.O.B. would have left you seriously (and possibly permanently) injured.
For years I have refused to make such holsters for this very reason.
Their other major drawback is that they are darn near impossible to draw from when seated.
Overall, I consider them to be the worst possible carry technique.
 

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It is EASY to fall on ice. I once fell on a Galco SOB ten or so years ago with a 640 Centennial so attached. Believe me, even back then, before I had this back injury, the pain was akin to being kicked in the family jewels.

You don't want any of that....
 

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One time I got too drunk and fall down, but have never had a SOB holster so I was OK. Plus pain isn't that bad when your to drunk to walk:22a:
 

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Phil Elmore said:
I landed directly on my back across those steps.
I took a similar fall in May 04 at my house, except I was in socks on carpeted stairs. Two surgeries later I still walk with a cane, and it has ened my military career. Shudder to think what would have happened if I was carrying SOB at the time.

More than one LEO has been paralized or otherwise permanemtly injured after being knocked flat on his back on top of his handcuff case carried directly at 6:00.
 

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A few years back there was a story about some dad up in the middle of the night for a P slipped on some kids toys, crashed through a glass coffee table and ended up a quadroplegic. It is very scary just how fast one's life can change and not for the good. I think that this is the primary lesson of this thread.
 
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