Fundamental in the carry and use of a modern handgun is an effective holster and we are here to cut through the gimmicks to bring you a few tips on what will work best.
Why a holster?
In the days of the first effective pistols, the single-shot handguns were still too large for practical carry, being relegated to saddle-mounted leather holders on the horses of the cavilers of the day. Bulky and slow to reload, the gunfighter of yesteryear would carry a brace of such guns to ensure a rapid follow-up shot against multiple adversaries. By the 19th Century and the introduction of the revolver, the first recognizable holsters became widespread and the leather-sheathed wheel gun replaced the sword of yesteryear on the belts of gentlemen.
Today, the holster remains a solid standby for the armed citizen and the use of one separates the professional and responsible gun owner from the Hollywood thug. One of the most unsafe things a handgun user can do is carry their pistol or revolver sans holster. Simple carry methods such as stuffing a smaller gun– such as a Glock 43– in a pants pocket, or a larger framed pistol such as a Glock 17 in a waistband, allows the handgun to rotate as the carrier walks and moves.
This “floating” firearm can twist and move away from its original position, making quick deployment harder. Worse, with the trigger exposed, a potentially deadly negligent discharge can result if a foreign object as simple as a shirt tail or jacket pull string works its way into the trigger well. Finally, an unsecured handgun is prone to skitter away at the worst of times, causing embarrassment at the least, and potential criminal charges in some jurisdictions.
More on carry options in my column at Tac-44.com
In the past week, there has been a plethora of stories popping up in the traditional media, much to the delight of anti-gun groups, of Glock owners/users having bathroom malfunctions with their guns. To address this and make sure we are all on the same page keep reading.
If you conceal carry outside the home, which if you live in every state except New Jersey, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Delaware and a handful of other may-issue territories, is fairly easy to do, you owe it to yourself and those around you to observe the ten commandments of going number 1 or number 2 while armed.
A U.S. Capitol Police agent’s Glock 27 left behind when he exited his stall…yikes
1. Try to go before you go
2. If you find yourself having to go while on the go, try to hold it until you get back home.
3. Should #1 and #2 fail you, locate an actual restroom if possible.
4. Look for a single-person room if available.
5. If you can’t, pick the stall with your strong hand (weapon side) against the wall. Wait for it if you can.
6. Get in touch with your holster options to help ensure that you don’t always have to draw your firearm in public to disrobe.
7. There are always shoulder holsters…one of the best reasons to rock the Miami Vice look. I know a gentleman CCW carrier who has IBS/Crohn’s and carries in a shoulder rig specifically for this reason
8. If you have to unholster, remember your trigger discipline and muzzle control. Also, consider if you prefer Condition 1 or 2 carry.
9. Before leaving the stall, always physically touch your holster and grip, verifying that both are in the same place as when you entered the stall.
10. Visually check the stall as you are leaving, while rechecking commandment #9.
Open carriers largely have the same list of commandments, but also pick up the luxury of being able to use a Level II/III (or higher) retention holster since concealment is not a priority.
The rest in my column at Glock Forum