PSA: Train for Your Carry Style

Nathan S
by Nathan S

Appendix carry is a great way to carry a firearm comfortably, conceal it easily, and access it quickly when needed. However, it does come with its inherent risks, namely that re-holstering is far more critical due to where the muzzle is pointing.

Unfortunately, 22-year-old Timothy Phonisay learned this the hard way and has passed due to complications resulting from a gunshot wound to his groin, likely from appendix-style carry.

Always train for your daily carry method, including forcing muscle memory to best-safety practices. And always remember to keep your booger-hook off the dang trigger and the weapon on safe until presented on a target.

Story from Fox 6 in Milwaukee:

MILWAUKEE — A 22-year-old Milwaukee man died during surgery at Froedtert Hospital after he shot himself in the thigh Friday morning, August 21st.

Timothy Phonisay was pronounced dead around 1 a.m. Officials say he accidentally shot himself in the right thigh in his home near 44th and Keefe.

According to the Medical Examiner’s report, Phonisay was apparently posing with a handgun and when he went to holster it, a round was fired and entered his right groin area.

Phonisay sustained two penetrating wounds to the right thigh. There was no bullet recovered or found on x-ray, according to the Medical Examiner’s report.

Authorities say Phonisay developed respiratory distress during surgery, at which time blood was found in the chest. A right-sided thoracotomy was performed and a significant amount of blood was removed through a chest tube. Doctors were unclear where this blood came from, as no other injuries were identified.

The Medical Examiner’s report states that Phonisay’s cardiac status declined and staff was unable to keep up with the amount of blood loss. Phonisay was pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. His death was ruled an accident.

Thanks for MadScienceDefense for the title photo!

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Jim Jim on Aug 26, 2015

    The article didn't state what handgun or holster, if any, the subject was carrying. If it were a 1911 series, Hi-Power or other single-action auto, in cocked mode and not locked is a recipe for disaster. If it were a Glock or other modern striker-fired pistol and not in a holster designed for that particular model, that also is a disaster waiting to happen. Older 'pocket pistols' from the early 20th century designs usually have a grip safety or lever to prevent AD's since they were meant to be carried inside clothing without holsters. Sounds like negligence by the subject who won't make that mistake again.

  • Jim Jim on Aug 28, 2015

    Here is a great solution to AD. Make sure your weapon has a 'decocker' and use it to release the tension on the spring used for the firing pin, Also this is usually the thumb safety and with both the firing pin blocked and no pressure on the firing pin it isn't going to go boom, even with a round in the chamber unless you pull the trigger after releasing the thumb safety. This is what I use to keep my firearm safe yet when needed al that is required is that I take off the thumb safety, which in my case is simply pressing it downwards with my thumb, and pulling the trigger like it was a DAO in order to make it go boom! Safe and simple.