Friday, January 16, 2009

Get a Better Grip

The possibilities for a pun are endless.

A man is taking care of his business in a Centerville, Utah Carl's fast food restaurant restroom when it all goes . . . never mind.  According to the news reports, the toilet "never knew what hit it." The patron of the restaurant was pulling up his britches when the gun fell out of the holster, hit the floor and discharged.

Just to clarify, this was not the gun's fault.  The gun could no more resist the pull of gravity than we can.  This was not a failure of gun control, at least not in the usual sense.  This was a failure of the holster to properly control the gun.

Carrying a handgun requires a "package" deal.  You have to comply with legal requirements.  You have to purchase a reliable gun.  You have to purchase a sturdy belt, and finally, you have to purchase a quality holster.

When I made the decision to carry a handgun, it was critically important that I purchase a good holster.   I needed a holster that would hold the gun securely.  The first holster I purchased was the "Split Decision" from High Noon Holsters.  This was a soft holster with a "Chicago screw" to hold the gun in place.  This holster worked well, but I wanted something that would remain open even after I removed the gun.  That's when I purchased the Don Hume holster I current use, the H715-M.  This holster does not use the Chicago screw, but is boned, or molded, to the specific model pistol it is intended for.  The molding of all the gun's contours serves to hold the gun securely.  This one has worked perfectly.

As an experiment, I hung my pistol from the holster, fully loaded with snap caps, upside down, for more than 30 minutes.  It never budged.  I shook the chairs that were holding the belt . . . nothing.  

If you look closely at the holster, you can see a scuff mark on the edge, near the pistol's grip, across from the safety/decocker lever.  That happened when I was playing catch with both of my daughters.  My youngest threw the ball way to my right.  I dove for the ball, ran out of grass, didn't see the hole, and fell.  I flipped, rolled over on to my gun side and slid for a few feet.  The gun never budged and stayed securely in the holster.

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