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My friend Saturday was out shooting his XD when he was reholstering and shot himself at belt level. The bullet traveled down his thigh and came out beside his kneecap, breaking his leg in the process. He is laid up for 5 to 6 weeks and expects many good jokes about his stupidity when he gets back to work. Just a good reminder to keep up your trigger discipline and to take your time reholstering.
 

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Ouch!

Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.
 

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Whoa! Hope he heals-up quickly. Good reminder that it can happen to any of us. Maybe an XD equipped with a thumb safety? The older I get, the more I'm convinced it's a good idea.
 

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Wow, I hope your friend makes a full recovery. And, don't harass him to bad. I'm sure he's feeling really bad (ego wise) as it is.
 

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Whoa! Hope he heals-up quickly. Good reminder that it can happen to any of us. Maybe an XD equipped with a thumb safety? The older I get, the more I'm convinced it's a good idea.
I constantly worry about this type of occurrence for those Glock, M&P and XD owners. I suppose that we could say that this could be prevented by keeping the hand away from the grip safety.

The more I think about it, the external safety is sounding more attractive. Few 1911 users would keep it cocked with the safety off. Yet few true devotees of the concealed carry art favor an external safety on anything other than a 1911.

It is my understanding that an external safety is available for M&P 45 and for the XD 45.
 

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I sure hope he fully recovers.

As an educational process can you be more specific how this happened? The XD is one of the safest semi-auto's made, and I'm not trying to pick on your friend, but maybe this info can help others using the old disclaimer:

Hey kids...don't try this at home.
 

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Friend Shot Himself Reholstering
Condolences to your friend. I wish him a speedy and healthy recovery. (Remind him not to scratch.)

Looking on the bright side, though: he won't ever forget the lessons learned.

That's the one minor concern I have, regarding having a gun without external safeties. One-handed reholstering on IWB gear can be a bit dicey, if anything hangs up in the process. Practice, practice, practice, with all sorts of clothing and cover garments. Finger/trigger discipline.

O!, may the finger, a glob of shirt material and the leather sweat guard never hang up on the trigger ...
 

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'Condolences to your friend.

The thought goes thru my mind every time that I'm practicing 'quick draw' with the Glock.

I'm also curious how it happened? I'm very conscious of the 'booger hook', but I'm always thinking about what else might catch the trigger while I'm re-holstering @ 4 o'clock.
 

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Something that I have been saying for years.

This is where the part of the holster that "covers the trigger guard" causes NDs rather than prevents them.

A shooter goes to quickly reholster - the index finger is (whoops!) still inside the trigger guard - the holster pushes the index finger - the finger then pushes the trigger - the gun goes Bang!

Just FYI.
 

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I just hope there's no lingering side effects. Wounds around the knee tend to cause permanent damage requiring therapy. Good luck to him.
 

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This is where the part of the holster that "covers the trigger guard" causes NDs rather than prevents them.
Yup. It's the one thing about modern holster designs that worries me, a little, when paired with a gun lacking external safeties.

All in all, I tend to choose guns without such external safeties. But I try very hard to maintain competence with my specific holster/gun combination via repetitive practice with "dry" holstering and reholstering. Ain't nothing gonna guarantee it will avoid ND's, but short of finger-proofing the firearm it isn't possible to do anyway. So, you rolls the dice and you takes your chances, taking what reasonable precautions you can take.
 

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It came as quite a shock to me to hear he had shot himself. He's very safety oriented and has had alot of training as a former Airborne Ranger and elsewhere. I personally believe he holsters too quickly. He's not sure as of yet but thinks it could of been a round cooking off. He was using Wolf ammo and was drilling firing two shots reholstering and was repeating the drill over and over. He said he remembers a bang, click, start to reholster and thinking "Am I out of ammo" then the shot. He admits that most likely he accidentally shot himself but isnt ruling out the possibility of a cook off followed by reholstering too quickly.
 

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The XD series of guns actually has 1 more safety than glocks or M&P style pistols,they have a grip safety also,so to fire the gun while holstering would require a normal grip and pulling the trigger,or having his shirt get caught in the trigger guard while shoving the gun in
 

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Something that I have been saying for years.

This is where the part of the holster that "covers the trigger guard" causes NDs rather than prevents them.

A shooter goes to quickly reholster - the index finger is (whoops!) still inside the trigger guard - the holster pushes the index finger - the finger then pushes the trigger - the gun goes Bang!

Just FYI.
Yeah but that's still not an issue with the holster. It's still violating one of the all important rules of keeping the booger hook off the bang switch. That holster pressing the index finger into the trigger CANNOT happen if the finger isn't in the guard and/or already on the switch. It ALWAYS comes back to RULES RULES RULES!

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I'd be really curious to see what actually happened in this case, if of course the friend is readily able to admit to all the factors involved.
 

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One of my club's experienced IDPA shooters managed that same trick, while reholstering after loading for a stage. (At least he had the good grace to have his oops elsewhere, and not at our local club! :hand5:)

We always remind out shooters---you may draw on the clock, but you don't holster on the clock. That's true about most holstering situations, too. It's always worth taking the time to do it right.
 

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It couldnt have been booger picker hanging up on the holster simply because the entry wound was at his belt line. Either he still had his finger on the trigger and snagged some clothing or something or it was a cook off. Sadly the people with him were well behind the firing line and didnt see anything. He's still a little out of it from the pain killers I believe. The doctors said today would be when he really feels the pins and metal rod they inserted in his leg. I dont even want to imagine what that feels like.
 

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Just wondering, is it possible that he re-holstered at an inward angle and the holster caught the trigger? The shot entered at "belt level" traveling down the leg.
Standing with feet shoulder width apart a downward shot would hit mid to lower thigh on most of us.
Something else to look at, cook off, finger on trigger during re-holstering or trigger snagged on holster.
See if we can find out info on his carry gear.
 

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See if we can find out info on his carry gear.
He has a Blackhawk Serpa and a Comptac (I believe the Minotaur). Im not sure which holster he was using.
 
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