Sep 142020

A Proper Concealed Carry Holster

The criteria for a proper concealed carry holster is one of those simple and yet complex concepts I talk to my students about all the time. Many of my students come to class with holsters that are less than adequate to carry a gun safely. One of the reasons this happens is because they buy the holster in the gun store where they bought the gun. The other reason this happens is they don’t know the criteria for a proper holster.  Many of the holsters gun stores sell are a one size fits all type of holster. Can you imagine how many holsters a store would have to have to fit all guns properly? What you need is a holster made for your model gun only.


Many times if you look on the back of the package that the holster comes in on the rack you will see many guns listed for use with this holster. This is a clue! This holster is not MADE FOR YOUR GUN. These holsters have a purpose and can be useful for some aspects of gun transport. One of the ways these holsters can be used is for gun protection in a range bag or a backpack. The range that I shoot at frequently allows you to carry a holstered gun from a backbench to a shooting booth. A holstered gun is a safe way to transport a gun.

Holsters made from Kydex or Leather

A proper concealed carry holster can be made from several different kinds of materials. The most popular today are Kydex holsters and Leather holsters.  Because Kydex is a type of plastic it can be molded around a gun or a gun model to get an exact fit. This type of holster is probably the most popular and in many cases are very affordable. Kydex comes in many colors and can be customized to your tastes by color selection. They can be bought to be worn in many positions on the body.


Inside the waistband (IWB) and Outside the waistband (OWB) are the two most common types of carry. Leather holster makers have been honing their craft for a long time and there are numerous good leather holster makers on the market. Leather is also molded around the gun for an exact fit and of course, can be customized in many ways.

Buying a Holster

Buying a holster is in many ways like any other purchase. You get what you pay for. Talk to anyone who has been carrying a gun for self-protection for many years and you will find a person that has a box of holsters they have tried and for whatever reason have decided not to use.

Holsters are Safety Equipment

No matter what you choose, a holster is a piece of safety equipment. Its job is to protect you and the gun and to allow easy access to the handgun when needed. The holster is also the gun container for transport. To protect you the holster must keep the gun in place and not allow it to be fired until it is clear from the holster. It also needs to hold the gun so it does not fall out under any and all circumstances. After the gun has cleared the holster it must allow the gun to go back in the holster without any restrictions.

The Criteria for a proper concealed carry hoster is as follows:

1. Allows for a full grip on the gun-

This is a very important part of your draw and presentation from the holster. The grip you get on your gun for the draw is the grip you are gonna have throughout your self-defense conflict. There is no changing your grip in the middle of a gunfight.

2. The trigger and trigger guard is fully protected-

This is a necessary feature and of course a safety concern. I do not want to see any trigger or trigger guard hanging out of my holster. I want them protected from all sides. Anything can get inside these spaces and cause the gun to fire.

proper concealed carry holster

3. Has unassisted retention-

First, the gun will not fall out of the holster when turned upside down. I want my gun locked into the holster. Second not so much that I can’t get it out, but I don’t want it to fall out during strenuous activity, (running or rolling around on the ground). I also do not want it to fall out if I handed it to someone (like a Police Officer).

4. Does not Collapse-

The concealed carry holster maintains its shape for reholstering safely. Many of the cloth or sticky holsters do not maintain their shape after the gun is drawn, They collapse so to speak. This becomes a real problem for reholstering safely. Many times accidents happen in reholstering. That’s why the term reholstering reluctantly has come about. Nobody ever won a prize for reholstering the fastest.

In Conclusion, holsters are a necessary safety device. They are also the way we transport our self-defense handguns throughout the day. A proper Concealed Carry Holster is part of our proper everyday carry (EDC) equipment.




Concealed Carry Class Level 1
One of Colorado’s most popular Concealed Carry Permit Classes. Classes are held almost every day. In this class
(unlike others in the area) you will learn Colorado Gun Law, Self Defense Law, and hands-on gun training.
Many people think this is the best class they have ever been to. The instructor’s experience and education make
this a top class in Southern Colorado. This four-hour class is available Monday Tuesday and Wednesday mornings
starting at 10 am. Thursday and Friday at 9 am, and Saturday and Sunday at 8 am. Evening and afternoon classes can be

Presentation and Draw From the Holster
Many people think they can learn to draw from the holster on the internet. The process of learning draw from the
holster is so important because this is where many accidents happen. Only one in a hundred instructors are
certified to teach draw from the holster. Learn from one of the few that are certified for this important task.
This class can be taken many afternoons and includes top-notch instruction both with and without live ammo.

Home Defense Shotgun Mini Class
Many people bought shotguns this year when handguns were not available for home defense. Some people know that this is one
of the most effective weapons for self-defense in the home that there is. Our certified instructor will explain
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This 2.5-hour intro course can be done on many afternoons or evenings.

OC/Pepper Spray Training
Our certified instructor will walk you through the maze of OC/Pepper Spray Myths. In this class you will learn to
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Use of Force and Colorado Law
Many people tell us that they would like to have a class that is just about Colorado laws and the Use of Force
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Concealed Handgun Renewal Training
Many people need an update in their education at the renewal point of their license. It’s not required by law but is a really
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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.  This 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. In addition, holsters that collapse and do not hold their shape can be very hazardous. Holsters that come with guns in the original box are usually not adequate concealed carry holsters.

Most people never learn a proper draw stroke

Many people never learn a proper and efficient draw from the holster.  They 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.  Karl believes in teaching a ready position which is part of your draw stroke.  That gives you a good index position for some close quarters training and shooting without full extension.

Get Some Professional Help

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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draw from the holster training

Conceal Carry Draw From the Holster Training

When you make a choice to conceal carry a gun it is important to get proper draw from the holster training for conceal carry and practice so you can handle your equipment safely and effectively. One area usually missing is learning to draw from your conceal carry holster.

Learn a Proper Efficient Draw

When you draw properly, it can be the difference between life and death. During this class, you will learn and practice the steps needed to draw properly from a conceal carry holster. With practice, you will master the steps for a draw from the holster and combine them into one fluid motion. The draw from the holster training is one of the most important aspects of conceal carry and handgun self-defense. The instructor for the seminar is Rick Sindeband. Rick has many years of experience with firearms and is certified to teach this skill.

Don’t Be Fooled

Only one percent of all firearms instructors are actually certified to teach an individual proper and efficient draw from the holster. One of the key components is the safety aspect. There are many accidents that happen from improper equipment or poor techniques. Watching a video on youtube is not enough. A qualified instructor needs to watch and guide you through the process because you can’t see yourself making mistakes.

Many of the incidents you have seen nationally would have turned out much better for everyone involved had the person been trained properly. If you are on your church security team or just protecting your family. Get the training that saves lives.

Conceal Carry Draw From the Holster and Presentation Class

When: On Your Schedule
Time:  2 Hours
Cost:  $45
Phone: 719-821-3958
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Conceal Carry Draw From The Holster Training Prerequisites

Prerequisites: 18 years old
What to bring:
Centerfire Handgun that fits your strong side holster
2 magazines/speed loader
2 support magazine/ speed loaders holders
100 rounds of ammunition
Sturdy belt