How To Watch Against Grabby Hands
We've all heard of tragedies revolving around very young children and firearms. Often times, these incidents are attributable to a certain amount of neglect on behalf of the guardian. Firearms are an extremely important, serious affair. That is why we want to discuss some techniques and ideas towards keeping grabby hands off your concealed carry or open carry handgun.
Education Gun Safety From An Early Age
Education from an early age is essential. While toddlers and 2-year-olds will likely not grasp the importance of firearms, introduce them as early as you think is possible to the idea that firearms are a serious matter and best handled by adults or under adult supervision.
Carry On The Other Side
Whatever arm you carry your young child in, practice drawing from and reholstering on the opposite side. This just makes sense. Nobody wants to prop his or her toddler on a hip side with the gun. You don't have to get a whole new holster rig to accommodate this. Just practice your cross draw. While you may have to fight your reflex to switch arms when one gets tired, just stop to consider the implications of that and avoid it whenever possible. And because you'll have that extra weight resting on your hip, check out an inside the waistband holster that uses a neoprene backpad so that the barrel doesn't end up jabbing into your hip.
Invest In A High-Retention Gun Holster
Whether you're carrying inside the waistband or outside, always go with a holster that grips tightly to the gun. This prevents any wandering hands from being able to grab your firearm without you knowing. A high retention inside the waistband concealed carry holster helps you maintain complete control over your firearm.
That Holster Should Have A Solid Trigger Guard
Make sure that you have a holster that will cover the entire trigger guard of your firearm. There should be no room to squeeze a tiny finger in to access the trigger housing group. Don't worry, a holster that has high retention and a complete trigger guard doesn't have to be some costly investment.
Keep The Firearm On You Or Locked Up
Anyone who's ever been a parent knows about the sleepless nights, the long days, and the constant attention that needs to be paid to a young child in order to keep him or her out of trouble. Maintaining complete situational awareness can be a laughable suggestion in the midst of heavy sleep deprivation and constant movement. Heck, it's hard to even sit down and watch your favorite TV show without interruptions. That's why it's important you keep the firearm on you – not in a purse or bag or left on the table. If your firearm stays in its holster while you're at home, not only will you be better prepared to respond to an emergency – your young child has a significantly lesser chance of gaining access to it accidentally.
If You're Driving, Keep Your Gun Holstered On You
You can't keep your eyes on the road and everywhere else at once. Keeping your firearm on your hip while you're driving can prevent any little hands from accidentally grabbing it. If you go with our neoprene backpad Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 inside the waistband holster, you'll instantly notice a big difference in how that weight on your hip is dispersed. That's one more thing you won't have to deal with while being on the road.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.