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Glock holster basics


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

Are open carry activists helping advance pro-gun causes?

In recent years, the concept of the open-carry of firearms has gained ground nationwide. By its very name, the definition of the act in question is the simple unconcealed public carry of a firearm outside the home be it a long arm or handgun. It can be either for personal defense, or to exercise your Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms– or both. However, two incidents this week have led to closed doors at state legislatures.

Gun owners display their weapons in the upper gallery of the House chamber in Olympia on Thursday after a rally in opposition to a new law expanding background checks for gun purchases. The way some protesters handled their weapons caused concern and prompted a ban on open carrying in the Senate chamber. The House may consider such a move. (Photo: Ted S Warren/AP)
Read the rest in my column at Firearms Talk

Open Carry

Open carry, act of carrying a firearm openly and not concealed by a shirt, vest, or jacket has become a hot potato in the past few years. It must be stated that this is not waving arms in the air that can lead to charges or brandishing a weapon and public endangerment, this is holstered carry for handguns and slung carry for long arms. The main preaching point of the exercise is that ‘a right unexercised is a right lost’. This harkens back to the old days when it was legal and often expected for an adult male to carry a firearm in public for both community defense as well as personal protection. The nation’s first carrying of a concealed weapon laws in many areas come from this, as those who carried hidden firearms were seen as unseemly and downright impolite. Read the rest in my column at Firearms Talk.com