No, holstering a pistol isn’t rocket science. However, you need to know how to do it right for your own safety and those around you.
Most take it for granted if even that. Yet, holstering a pistol is an important part of the handgun firing sequence, even under the most mundane circumstances. Do it wrong, well, you and those around you could end up in a world of hurt.
While it’s not rocket science by any stretch of the imagination, Jamey Caldwell covers the basics of holstering a pistol properly. As the instructor at 1-Minute Out and former special operator points out, learning to do it right is a matter of safety. Whether you realized it or not, the simple task of holstering a pistol is often where a negligent discharge takes place. Put a little thought into it, it’s easy to see why.
Admiring the last group downrange or thinking about the next trigger pull, many shooters don’t have their complete attention on the task at hand. Additionally, shirttails and coat strings reside around this region; caught in the trigger guard they are enough to depress the trigger when holstering. Look it up on Youtube, there are plenty of videos showing this happen.
Caldwell has a simple antidote, watch the pistol into the holster. Elementary to say the least, but a key safety protocol.
All it takes is a second to check if everything is clear before handing your pistol back up.
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