Looking At Holster When Reholstering - Mistake or Advantage?
Ok....get ready to kill another cow. The issue is looking at the holster on the reholstering. I know....I know...we are told its bad, its wrong, it will lead to all manner of bad things (to include disapproval by gun gurus), ect. But why is it wrong? Or is it?
Let me lay my case out.
1). According to our research, half of all unintended discharges resulting in shooter injury occur during the holstering process. Sure...sometimes it is due to trigger fingers not being properly indexed, but there have been as many times when it has happened due to some sort of obstruction in the holster, or misplacement of the pistol into the holster. The currently "popular" handgun instructor’s penchant for violently slamming their handguns back into their kydex holsters immediately comes to mind.
2). If the threat was still a threat, only a stupid idiot would be holstering his pistol. Read that again guys. If the threat was still a threat, why are you holstering?
3). Often the police guys (I was once one) will say they have to holster in order to handcuff someone. That changes nothing. You do not point a gun at someone and then holster to handcuff. You hold them there at gun point until your back up arrives and he points his gun at the bad. Then you holster and go handcuff. Even if you were in a position to do it alone sans back-up ( a very bad tactic but sometimes things may happen ), the bad guy would not be standing around combatively doing as he pleases. He would be proned out in a position of disadvantage otherwise you would not be trying to handcuff him alone. So the ability to keep eyes on target before holstering is of dubious necessity.
So, is it a big deal if a shooter looks at his holster briefly prior to holstering his piece? Me? I don't think so.
Now to shut the all-or-nothing crowd that will invariably think I am telling people to walk around gazing at the kydexial splendor of their holsters for hours as they replace the handgun, let me point out this.
What I am saying is that a quick glance to verify everything is as it should be before introducing the pistol into the holster is a good idea in most cases regardless of the pistol, the carry mode or the holster.
I spent 15 years in LE service and I saw many many guys who had been drilled to NOT LOOK at the holster, still do so very briefly when holstering. It is the same principal we see in other actions under duress. The eyes want to see what the hands are doing . And maybe trying to untrain a natural tendency is a waste of time…specially if it is unnecessary.
So are we being foolish to tell the students that there is no threat in the holster? That they should keep their eyes downrange while they holster the pistol?
In my not so humble (and always opinionated) opinion, yes we are. There is nothing wrong with looking at the holster when replacing the pistol. If there was a threat, your pistol would remain in action. If there is no threat, your safety is better served by holstering safely.
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