Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone who uses guns for long enough will make a mistake or two. Sometimes, though, they make those mistakes at the most cringe-inducing times (such as this famous incident from 2004 involving a DEA agent). Unfortunately, gunsmith and firearms instructor Patrick Sweeney had a brush with firearms unsafety while filming a recent segment for Guns & Ammo TV on the Blackhawk! Serpa holster, see below at 2:23:
Uploader nickdrak isolated this segment in another video, embedded below:
We can see that Mr. Sweeney depresses the button on the Blackhawk! Serpa holster, pulls his Walther PPQ free from the plastic, and then the pressure and momentum of his trigger finger carries it onward into the weapon’s triggerguard just millimeters away from the trigger itself. We can tell that he has tried to train out this behavior because his trigger finger subsequently pulls back, out of the trigger guard, in preparation for raising the gun to the firing position. Patrick likely believed that he had successfully trained himself out of this behavior, but in a twist of irony it was the slow motion footage filmed for the Blackhawk! promo segment that revealed that not to be the case!
If you are going to use Blackhawk! Serpa holsters, it is absolutely critical that you slow down on the draw and ensure that your trigger is free and moving away from the guard before the trigger of the pistol is exposed.
Stay safe, folks!