This story is making the rounds, but I first saw it here. Or was it here? Guy offs himself carrying a Glock in his waistband. Saving money on a holster leads to a bad end result.
I've encouraged many people to try, or take back up, pistol shooting, and some then go on to purchase a firearm and ask me for input on what to spend their chunk of change on. The first thing I tell someone is to buy a gun safe. Something that holds one of 2 pistols if that's all they are looking to get. Especially if there are kids on the house. These little locking metal boxes aren't proof against burglars or even completely childproof, but it IS a layer of protection. A barrier from quick access from idle hands.
I have, even before the Negligent Discharge linked to above, been also recommending folks get a holster. Preferably a decent one, but at least something. They inform me that this is Maryland and they never intend to CCW anyway. I tell them to get a holster anyway. Store the gun in the holster when you store it in the locking case. You never know when you might need to tote a pistol, even without a CCW, and that need might be time sensitive, precluding getting out to the holster store to buy one right then. And with the trigger guard covered in your gun safe your won't have a ND in there reaching for it that time you don't unload it.
I think I will emphasize the gunsafe AND holster purchase now and in the future. Every pistol of mine is loaded in the safe. Everyone but one is in a holster, too, or a seperate gun rug and unloaded. The two exceptions is the 686 revolver which lives alone in it's own gun safe with not holster, and the 640 snubbie that lives in just a holster in my pocket when I am home. No kids in my house, either, or more precautions would be made for the 640 while I sleep.
The Missus has a pretty nasty stomache bug - And by "pretty nasty" I'll just elide the details, if you don't mind. But she's up to the toast and seltzer stage, so *Excelsior!*
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