Sep 152019
 

Concealed Carry HolsterDon’t be attracted to these soft holsters for daily carry, it is not safe. If the concealed carry holster collapses you can not put your firearm safely in the holster without pointing the firearm at your support hand or other parts of your body. To do it safely You Must remove the holster from your carry position, insert your gun in the concealed carry holster and then replace the holster with gun in the position you are carrying it in. Criteria for a great concealed carry holster is you can get a full grip on the gun, the trigger guard is fully protected, the gun will not fall out of the holster when turned upside down, and the concealed carry holster maintains its shape for reholstering safely. Remember if you have to use your support hand to holster your gun it’s probably not safe. Many of the stiff leather holsters and certainly the Kydex holsters are much safer for a daily concealed carry holster option. Have I ever used one? Sure I have and I have found them to be unsafe in many circumstances especially if you drop your guard and you are not a true gun safety conscience individual. One place I think they are great is in the car. You know between the seat and the center console. If you have one of the non-slip models you can put that gun right there where it is readily available for action. You have to remember that you can not leave that gun between the seat and the console when you leave your car. You need to have a proper lockbox in your vehicle to secure that firearm. My favorite is the Gun Vault. This little safe is great protection for leaving your gun in the car. I use my GUN Vault  Gun Vaultsometimes daily, going to the Post Office or other Non Permissive places with my firearm. Just check the local paper almost daily and you will see guns being taken from unoccupied cars. Another thing that is important is to have the make, model, and the serial number of your gun written down somewhere so that you can report it properly to the authorities when it is missing.

Much of this information comes from experience and good gun training. Be sure that you receive good advice and training from a qualified instructor. All NRA pistol instructors are not certified to teach draw from the holster and many do not know the ins and outs of safe holstering and unholstering of a gun. Many ranges have strict holstering rules and those rules are there for a reason. Many accidents happen from the improper holstering and unholstering of a weapon. Get the training you deserve. Contact me and I will get you up to speed on holsters, carry positions and proper draw techniques.

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May 092019
 

draw from the holsterDraw from The holster, according to Karl Rehn, a well-known instructor in the Austin Texas area with KR Training “Is a skill very few instructors are certified to teach”. Presentation and draw from the holster is taught properly by very few instructors. Approximately one percent of all instructors are qualified to teach this skill. That’s only one out of a hundred certified to teach this important skill.

Personal Protection Outside The Home (PPOTH) is the only way certification can be gained from the NRA’s Instructor certification program. Draw from The holster is a skill that takes many hours of prerequisite training and is the only NRA certification that actually certifies instructors for that particular task. Instructors that teach basic pistol from the NRA have not been trained in these skills, according to Karl in his new book “Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training.”

I see many people with improper or inappropriate holsters in my classes. The primary purpose of a holster is to allow access to a handgun while protecting the trigger and trigger guard, in addition, the handgun holster should have enough retention that if it is turned upside down the gun will be retained and not fall out of the holster. Also, holsters that collapse and do not hold their shape can be very hazardous. Many of the holsters that come with guns in the original box are not adequate concealed carry holsters.

Many people never learn a proper and efficient draw from the holster and end up with a version of something they saw on YouTube or some other place on the internet. With all these bad habits in place, accidents are a common event. Draw from the holster is a skill that must be honed and practiced with of course proper equipment. When you first start out, slow and correct positioning is the most important aspect. Speed comes from being smooth and smooth is fast enough.  As with any technique, there are often several ways to do it.  Some teach the five-step draw some teach a four-step procedure. Some like Karl believe teaching a ready position which is part of your draw stroke gives you a good index position for some close quarters training and shooting without full extension.

Some of these shooting techniques should not be done without someone watching to make sure that you’re doing it safely and not being a hazard to others around you. Safety for both yourself and others is paramount and of course, safety rule number three must be followed at all times. Any failure to apply all the safety rules in this process can result in holes in your body that your creator did not put there when you were born. We are lucky here to have a range that allows drawing from the holster. The strongside belt holster technique is the only method allowed at our range. Any other type of draw is against the rules and has to be done with the supervision of an approved instructor.

One of my mentors Partick Watts, a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor spent many hours with me honing my skills including the draw form the holster techniques that I use today.

Get that draw from the holster training that can make the difference. Contact me today to set a time for us to hone your draw from the holster skills and make you a better and safer concealed carry practitioner.

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