Every time I see someone using an Uncle Mikes style bargain basement soft nylon holster, I try to educate them on why this is a bad idea.
Here’s living proof of why:
“I holstered the firearm in the new holster at home and made sure it was secure and comfortable, and then drove three miles over to our storage facility. I spent 10 minutes in the storage facility, just climbing around stuff and going through boxes. When I left, I walked outside and opened the car door. I went to go get in the car and just heard a loud bang,” Matt explained.
“There’s no way that just happened. That did not just happen. And then I grabbed by butt and felt a hole in my pants and said, ‘Ok that just happened.’”
Dude took a round right through his left butt cheek because his holster didn’t fit right and ‘something’ got in the trigger area. Draw your own conclusions as to whether the shirt is actually the culprit.
More than this, though, a soft holster won’t stay open if you have to draw the weapon and need to then reholster after the threat is over. You have to use two hands to reholster, or remove the holster entirely, insert the weapon, then put the holster back on. This is a no-go.
There are three essential pieces to carrying a sidearm:
- The pistol
- The holster, which keeps your firearm where you need it.
- The belt, which attaches the holster to your body.
Too many times I see people buy a quality firearm, then cheap out on the holster and belt. They will use a cheap cotton belt from Old Navy or Sears and then be surprised their pants don’t stay up and the holster flops around. Their holster doesn’t secure the weapon correctly (see above) or they can’t get a consistent draw. Etc etc etc.
The guy above has an expensive and painful reminder of his mistakes. Do yourself a favor and don’t repeat them.