Bruenor wrote:No pocket holster <=> Junk pocket holster.. About on the same level, if you ask me.
I'll heartily agree to that - but there are exceptions.
Even dan dan the xd40 man
said at one point that a holster was nothing but a very well-fitting pocket. Holster-less pocket-carry is viable - and everyone from low-lying criminals to professionally licensed gunmen have been doing it for ages - but it takes good common sense and practices. As one ex-gang member I interviewed said to me, the fact that "you don't want nothin' else in that pocket" is something that's both commonly taught to the new initiates, as well as is a very self-apparent lesson to those who would violate that rule.
But I get what you mean - and I do not, at all, disagree with your take.
You are right people do sell and buy cheap holsters, that don't function properly. (prime example Uncle Mikes) And yes, it should be in a pocket by itself, not along with change, keys and chapstick, which goes to good practices and common-sense.
So here's the kicker - even "good" holsters are no guarantee.
Some of the problems with unintentional/forced trigger interaction occurred in the very highly regarded Safariland light-enabled holsters, which, particularly on the side adjacent to the body, had a wide enough flare/opening over the trigger area which made it possible for a finger (or something else) to get wedged-in and actuate the trigger while the gun was still securely holstered and retention-locked. Apparently, it's just a compromise Safariland had to make in the design of the holster in order to allow for clearance of the light during the draw/holster stroke.
A newer product - their 7TS - significantly closed that gap, but most current users of the 6000-series ALS holsters actually do -NOT- see this specific issue as that big of a concern, given their typical usage...
Nevertheless, that possibility does exist (same as it does of various other light-bearing solutions), and has caused documented unintentional discharges.
I know that's far from the realm of pocket holsters, but even a good shell like the DeSantis Nemesis/Superfly can still admit a finger into the trigger guard - in the winter, my front outerwear pocket on my strong side is loaded with just such a setup using one of those flyweight unobtanium-framed S&W snubbies in just such a holster, and I will fire through both it and the garment, if need be.
Of course that's still with me entirely ignoring the "you aren't supposed to carry there" aspect.