I like the article I wrote for Ricochet on choosing a firearms trainer, but the picture used to accompany the article is not the most… clueful of shots.
The nuances of what makes a good concealed carry rig can be hard to determine, and what’s worse, that was actually one of the better images that my editor had to choose from on Shutterstock.com, as I will now demonstrate.
Hammer down on a 1911, small of the back carry, no holster. We’ll see more of all of this later on. Better. Finger is off the trigger, but he is going to sweep his muzzle past everyone else on the firing line. You have a holster, but you stick your gun in your pants? Oh wait, the holster is a Serpa. Nevermind. Hammer down, in a Fobus.
Kids, this is why Daddy drinks. This is one of the more clued-in shots. M+P, Bladetech Eclipse… I can live with this. Finger on the trigger, small of the back, no holster. Is there a template for this type of shot that they’re using? Keep carrying like that, and you’ll eventually learn to live without your penis. Decent start to a draw, but why are you using a hybrid holster with your shirt tucked over it like that? Ok, I can live with this. Leather IWB holsters have done the job for decades, and he’s got everything else right as well. Lousy belt, XD-S, cheap IWB holster WITH A RETENTION STRAP?
Who thinks this stuff up? Good holster, good draw, good gun, but that lousy gun belt ruins the shot. The caption for this is on Shutterstock is: A man legally carries a firearm in his pocket.
This is what we’re up against. Dude’s clued-in. I think that might be a Serpa holster, but other than that, I got nothin’. Rather clueful image here, done by the same photographer as the previous image This is like a nesting doll of derp. Every time you think you’ve reached maximum stupidity, something else pops out at you.