Where is my finger?

It had better be off the trigger if you are holstering your handgun. A lady at Gunsite learned that yesterday. This is something that happens from time to time and is typically the product of trying to put your gun away too fast. Truth is, there are very few instances where you will need to put your handgun away with any speed at all and probably none unless you’re a cop.

At any rate, as Gunsite instructor Chris Weare pointed out, even Gunsite instructors – with all their super powers – cannot move fast enough to stop you from shooting yourself. Which is why you should listen to what they say and do your best to not deviate from their instructions. Hey, finger off the trigger until its time to shoot.

This photo shows the liquid free results of holstering with your finger on the trigger. The shooter will be OK, but will be permanently tattooed thanks to a 115 grain 9mm bullet from Doubletap and her finger; which was being poked somewhere it should not have been at precisely the wrong time. Fingers can be terrible things. Be careful where you put them.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Where is my finger?

  1. gunwriter says:

    As a credit to the toughness of the lady that made this mistake, she was back on the range shooting the next day! This once again proves the old axiom; it’s the getting up that matters!

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