This photograph was posted to a group on MeWe (I can't link to it directly, because MeWe doesn't provide that facility). Click the image for a larger view.
Let's narrow our focus to that pistol, shall we?
Would someone please inform me:
- How the hell he expects to "draw" (or rather disentangle) that pistol from his belt if he needs it in a hurry?
- How the heck he expects to avoid a negligent discharge if/when the relationship between belt and trigger gets a bit too tight for comfort?
I thought I'd seen it all. Clearly, I hadn't . . .
EDITED TO ADD: In a comment below, fellow blogger The Intrepid Reporter explains the image.
The pic was taken +/- a few months in 2004 at the Baghdad DFAC... it was b/c the DotMil didn't issue proper holsters, and as stated before, they hadda have their weapon on them at all times...
This pic was used to justify the IPBO (Installation Property Book Office) where I worked at the time for doing an emergency purchase order of the Blackhawk holsters, both SERPA and shoulder rigs cos a lot of units didn't have holsters believe it or not.
We even hadda use FOU money (For Other Use) which was like the unit cash-kitty, literally pay cash to buy holsters from the Iraqis to get our guys rigged up properly.
And @Aesop, dude, every weapon was loaded back then... "gooks in the wire" was a constant threat on VBC back then.... good times, good times...
Thank you, sir!