What are the hazards encountered during re- holstering?

Re-holstering presents hazards that those who choose to carry a firearm must be aware of for their own safety. The majority of self-inflicted gunshot wounds that occur either at firearm training or the range involve the re-holstering of the gun. Now, this can be due to a number of things – mainly poor gear choice, poor training, and distractions. A lot of effort during training focuses on the draw of a weapon, while re-holstering isn’t given the attention it requires to get it right. Re-holstering your handgun is potentially the most dangerous thing you will ever do with a gun. Read that again. Ensuring your technique is top-draw (pardon the pun) ensures you handle your firearm safely and effectively at all times. 

Safe Gear and Clothing

Clothing considerations should always be taken into account when re-holstering your handgun. Certain concealment garments can pose certain risks. Jackets with drawstrings are particularly dangerous, as the string has the potential to get caught and inadvertently pull the trigger. Might seem far fetched, but it does happen. Cut off your drawstrings or avoid them completely. Consider any potential dangers each time you get dressed before carrying your gun. 

Your Holster Choice

When it comes to your holster choice, you must consider several aspects. A holster made from rigid material is key, as this will protect the trigger and prevent any foreign objects from reaching the trigger or allowing the firearm to walk out of its holster and leave its trigger exposed. Leather or Kydex are particularly good choices for safety. 

The holster you choose should also stay open after you have drawn your gun. Certain leather holsters may collapse under pressure of the belt tension once the gun has been removed. This can be hazardous because you need to include your other hands to open the holster and re-holster the gun, leading to problems. One problem, for example, is that you will muzzle your other hand as you re-holster the gun, and you should never do this. A good design will always enable you to do this with one hand only. 

You shouldn’t have to point your gun at any body parts to re-holster it, either. This is an easy mistake to make, and many gun owners don’t realize it. One reason so many people scrutinize appendix carry is because the gun is pointing to a vital area of the body. Negligent discharge at this position could cause a serious wound to your gential region or femoral artery – and this can be lethal. Even strong side hip carry can result in bad wounds. The gun is often tilted inwards when re-holstering, and so the gun points down and through their hips. 

The Key Takeaway – Pay Attention When Re-holstering! 

Regardless of the type of carry you choose, paying close attention when re-holstering is crucial to your safety. This often requires a total shift of your focus after shooting, so pause and take a moment to ensure you’re ready to put your gun back safely and securely. 

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