An F-35A fired 181 rounds from its four-barrel, 25 mm Gatling gun during a ground test at Edwards Air Force Base, California, earlier this month. The gun is embedded in the F-35A’s left wing and will provide pilots with the ability to strafe air-to-ground or air-to-air targets.
I’m not making this about appendix carry. We’ve discussed this many times. We know the issues and I am not a fan but, that is simply a matter of my body type (dunlap), lifestyle, and maintaining consistency with the way I shoot/train 99% of the time. The fact is, there is a hazard of negligently shooting yourself while re-holstering regardless of how you carry.
This incident is purely a result of the decedent’s own negligence and incompetence. He was apparently posing in front of a mirror. He could be a victim of Internet/YouTube training. We will never know. But we do know the story, as it’s told by the media, isn’t quite right. The gun didn’t just go off. If not his finger, then some part of his clothing connected with the trigger as he pushed the gun into his holster. The gun worked as designed.
If I’ve never offered this up before, my advice on this is that re-holstering should be done slowly and deliberately. I see too many shooters on a weekly basis who either shove or practically throw their guns into their holsters with no thought of the possibility that the gun could hang up on something or even miss the holster entirely. What’s the hurry? Slow down! Believe it or not, it’s not a bad idea to actually LOOK at the holster as you’re holstering so you can see what you’re doing and spot a problem before the gun goes bang. And yes, this is easier when you don’t have a lot of “tactical girth” to deal with. I know, I dropped 80lbs…It’s a good reason to get your fat butt in the gym and stop eating donuts!
We’re glad to hear this young man, Andrew Mason, was able to defend his home and his siblings. His father, Kiewa, is obviously doing something right!
Anti-gunners will be quick to point out this could have been so much worse. They are right. It is very plausible that had there not been a gun in the home, Andrew and his siblings would have been just another statistic. Thankfully, we’ll never know the alternative outcome because there was a gun in this home and Andrew knew what to do with that gun while waiting for police to arrive.