The mishap occurred during the presentation of the pistol as part of a live-fire exercise. Drawing from concealment, from a strong-side, IWB, belt holster, the shooter’s light-weight shirt got between his strong-side hand and the grip of the pistol. As the pistol cleared the holster, the fabric of the entangled shirt started pulling on the pistol, retarding the draw sequence. Manual safety was pushed into the “off” position, and a finger obviously made contact with the trigger well before it should have. ----------- Here is what I think we can all learn from this: 1) Thin, filmy, flimsy concealment garments are a bad idea! Whatever you use to conceal your pistol needs to be substantial enough so that is unlikely to snag the gun itself. 2) Going too fast is a bad idea! We all need to train well, so that we can both draw, and reholster, our concealed-carry pistols smoothly and correctly. Smoothness is the key! “Pushing the speed envelope” needs to be done with great caution! Concentrate on smoothness and correct sequence. Speed will come naturally, and in its own good time!
MY TAKE ON THIS:This is something which I see quite often teaching the Intro to USPSA class. Shooters have either an un-tucked t-shirt, or a light jacket, or some other item of upper-body apparel which they allow to flap in the breeze.
This garment interferes with their safe gun-handling in a couple of ways:
(1) it gets between the gun and the holster when they are holstering, and interferes with their draw because the grab for the gun and the shirt acts as a 'wedge' so they don't have a smoothe draw;
(2) they holster after completing a stage with the shirt in the way, and when they raise their arms (as if to stretch to get more ammunition when reloading magazines) the shirt-tail actually pulls their pistol out of the holster and drops the gun on the concrete.
However, the above narrative is the first time I've heard that it actually caused a negligent discharge.
I categorize this among the Draw-String Deputy kind of story; you can't believe it, but it really happens.