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Avenger
August 5, 2007, 12:35 AM
I was heading home from an errand today, when I encounter a gentleman on an older Harley driving slower than I am, on a 2 lane road. He actually notices me behind him, and slides to the right when he sees me signal that I am about to pass. I accelerate to pass him, and just at the time I get my front bumper beside his rear tire, he suddenly veers to the right, nearly leaving the road and coming closer to turning a bike sideways without flipping than I thought possible. At the same time, I see something black drop from the seat behind him and hit the road. He SOMEHOW manages to get the bike under control, and since I've nailed my brakes in anticipation of his laying the bike down, he ends up coming to a stop about 60 feet out in front of me.
He gets off the bike, and sits down beside it. Even from that distance I can see him starting to shake. I approach him, thinking he had suffered a heart attack, caught a bird, or something like that. He replies that he's okay, just shaken up.
Apparently, when I started the pass, he had twisted in his seat to see me, and his CC holster picked that moment to come loose from his belt! His instinctive grab for the pistol at his waistband caused him to shake the handlebars, and caused all the fun. We went back down the road and found his pistol beside the road, still in the holster. The rivets that held the J-hook in place had come loose, leaving the hook on his belt. After a few minutes, we both went on our way.
An interesting incident, fortunately nothing was damaged and nobody was hurt. It could have easily have been much worse.

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HUMONGO
August 5, 2007, 12:42 AM
I ride and have often wondered about carrying while on the bike. Glad he was OK.

Bones11b
August 5, 2007, 01:22 AM
I ride as well so glad to hear a positive ending to a scary story. When riding i use a under arm holster, leather jacket doesn't print much.

Sheldon J
August 5, 2007, 05:36 PM
Depending on which state I am in AZ I open carry on bike, In Mi I use a special leather vest designed just for CCW. But it sounds like a real OH S*** moment for sure, glad no one was hurt.

HUMONGO
August 5, 2007, 09:48 PM
When riding i use a under arm holster, leather jacket doesn't print much

Good idea

DMK
August 5, 2007, 09:55 PM
Kydex holster?

Glockman17366
August 5, 2007, 11:58 PM
I'd definitely want a holster with a retention strap (rather then just a retention holster).

Avenger
August 6, 2007, 07:10 PM
Older leather holster, looked like one of those hard leather kind that came out before Kydex got popular.

BigSoundRacing
August 6, 2007, 07:22 PM
On a HD, everything eventually rattles loose and falls off - he just needs to extend the scope of his pre-flight checklist to include the holster!! Yes, I ride also....

DoubleTapDrew
August 6, 2007, 07:27 PM
Yikes! That'll wake you up. I usually pocket carry inside the jacket when on the bike. Glad he kept the shiny side up.

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