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Soft IWB holsters and the tip test

Yesterday, I wrote that you should always check out a new holster by gently tipping it upside down a few inches above a padded surface (the “tip test”), to be sure the gun will stay inside even when the holster is upside down. This test applies to IWB and OWB holsters, including the ones that allegedly use your clothing for “retention.” Why? Because follow the links below—these things are what happens when you choose to use a dangerous, loosely-fitting gun bucket that does not securely hold the gun in place.

If your soft, inside the waistband holster cannot be trusted to hold the gun upside down when tipped over gently, you put yourself at risk for one of two equally dangerous possibilities whenever you use the facilities.

Guns falling out of insecure holsters in public restrooms:

Note that all of these are just the ones where the gun fired and made the local paper. I have literally dozens more in my files, all equally tragicomic. I have even more stories that I’ve heard personally from talking to people who dropped a gun that did not fire and that did not make the news.

Guns left behind by people who took their guns out of the holster:

So yes: if you have an IWB holster that does not hold the gun securely, it’s time to upgrade to one that does. Who wants to be the next headline? Not I!

Oh, as an aside? If you ever do drop a gun, let it fall. Never reach for a falling gun! That’s because modern, quality firearms cannot fire when they strike the ground, despite what the headlines above might imply. All except one of the above shots were almost certainly caused by someone reflexively reaching for the gun as it fell, and unintentionally grabbing the trigger. Let it fall!

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