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    Yesterday I was in my garage loading up before heading out to the OC dinner, and when holstering my XD I noticed some resistance...so I stopped, and lifted the gun straight up. Yep! my shirt tail had found its way into my trigger guard above the holster. If I had ignored the resistence I almost certainly would have had an ND into either my leg, foot, or concrete floor, since I had my hand on the grip while reholstering (grip safety depressed) and the shirt tail would have pulled the trigger safety back.

    I'll have to be more careful in the future. Oh and before anyone says I should just keep it loaded 24/7, I would, but my father said not to. His house, his rules. In the mean time (until I can get him to better understand the purpose of having a gun at home in the first place) I'll have to just keep carrying my .38 concealed and out of sight at home

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    nova wrote:
    Yesterday I was in my garage loading up before heading out to the OC dinner, and when holstering my XD I noticed some resistance...so I stopped, and lifted the gun straight up. Yep! my shirt tail had found its way into my trigger guard above the holster. If I had ignored the resistence I almost certainly would have had an ND into either my leg, foot, or concrete floor, since I had my hand on the grip while reholstering (grip safety depressed) and the shirt tail would have pulled the trigger safety back.
    When holstering, I've trained myself to put my thumb on the back of the slide, which lifts the web between thumb and index finger off of the grip safety. Not only does this mean the grip safety is not engaged when holstering, it also lets me feel the cocked indicator while holstering, as a confirmation that the weapon is ready to go.

    I've wondered if this habit is overcautiousness, but your story makes me glad I do it.

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    I'll have to do that in the future...I'll have to practice holstering and drawing more at home (unloaded of course) so that I don't screw up when it counts.

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    nova wrote:
    I'll have to do that in the future...I'll have to practice holstering and drawing more at home (unloaded of course) so that I don't screw up when it counts.
    Or get a 1911/BHP and carry hammer down. Another reason I don't like striker fired pistols.
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    Gunslinger wrote:
    nova wrote:
    I'll have to do that in the future...I'll have to practice holstering and drawing more at home (unloaded of course) so that I don't screw up when it counts.
    Or get a 1911/BHP and carry hammer down. Another reason I don't like striker fired pistols.
    Why not carry a BHP cocked and locked? I have one btw, just need to feed it more at the range to confirm reliability before carrying it...oh yeah...also need a good OC holster for it too

    Funny though...this is my first striker gun (well, besides my mauser rifle )

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    I also put my thumb on the back of the slide and never holster my XD with the grip safety depressed. It's there might as well take advatage of it.
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    I also do this, It's a really good idea.

    I just realized something, the slide wont cycle unless you depress the grip safety.

    I never knew that before.

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    nova wrote:
    Yesterday I was in my garage loading up before heading out to the OC dinner, and when holstering my XD I noticed some resistance...so I stopped, and lifted the gun straight up. Yep! my shirt tail had found its way into my trigger guard above the holster. If I had ignored the resistence I almost certainly would have had an ND into either my leg, foot, or concrete floor, since I had my hand on the grip while reholstering (grip safety depressed) and the shirt tail would have pulled the trigger safety back.

    I'll have to be more careful in the future. Oh and before anyone says I should just keep it loaded 24/7, I would, but my father said not to. His house, his rules. In the mean time (until I can get him to better understand the purpose of having a gun at home in the first place) I'll have to just keep carrying my .38 concealed and out of sight at home
    This is why I just OC naked. no dreaded tangles

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    I don't put my thumb on the back of the slide, however, I do holster my XD with my hand position such that the backstrap safety is not depressed. Glad the situation did not turn out badly.

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    nova wrote:
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    nova wrote:
    I'll have to do that in the future...I'll have to practice holstering and drawing more at home (unloaded of course) so that I don't screw up when it counts.
    Or get a 1911/BHP and carry hammer down. Another reason I don't like striker fired pistols.
    Why not carry a BHP cocked and locked? I have one btw, just need to feed it more at the range to confirm reliability before carrying it...oh yeah...also need a good OC holster for it too

    Funny though...this is my first striker gun (well, besides my mauser rifle )
    I'm used to carrying my Hi-Power on half cock. Some don't like this method, but I've been doing it for over 30 years. The safety is too small, for my taste, to carry c&l--just my opinion, and I don't want to replace anything on a classic in 100% condition from 1969. Uncle Mike makes excellent--and inexpensive, holsters for CC on the BHP. So does Fobus, btw.
    "For any man who sheds his blood with me this day shall be my brother...And gentlemen now abed shall think themselves accursed, they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks who fought with us on Crispin's day." Henry V

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    Yeah the HP I have is a former military gun (Argentina), has all the original 'small' parts. The previous owner had Duracoated it as well. I don't have a problem operating the safety though since I basically sweep my thumb down the side of that area and I can hit the safety every time. Since the one I have doesn't have much 'collector value' I was thinking about getting an extended safety sometime. It's not high on my priorities list but its something I've thought about.

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