How good is your Holster?
In my recent article on quality equipment I went over purchasing quality gear and testing your gear to ensure it works. Today I want to focus on holsters. A holster is another important part of your concealed carry gear.
One of the leading firearms accidents can be attributed to negligent discharges. A negligent discharge is where you do not intend for your firearm to go off, but it does anyway. Firearms don’t go off by themselves. A firearm only goes off when the trigger is pulled. Many times a negligent discharge can be caused by a cheap or faulty holster and happens when reholstering.
A cheap holster or even some leather holsters can malfunction and allow something into the trigger guard. The side of the holster can also cave in and depress the trigger during the reholstering process.
A good holster will protect your trigger from being pressed while in the holster and when being placed in the holster. It also keeps your firearm in the same place, not allowing it to freely move.
I strongly recommend kydex holsters. They are strong and hold your firearm securely. They rarely fail and it is nearly impossible to have them get into the trigger guard and cause a negligent discharge.
Carrying without a holster is another bad idea. I’m not going to say I have never done it, because I have. If you must carry without a holster, make sure there is nothing that could become lodged into the trigger guard and either cause a negligent discharge or prevent the trigger from being pressed. And always use extreme care.
I try to routinely check the condition of my holsters. I check for loose screws, damage to the holster itself, and the state of wear and tare on it. This will help prevent unexpected holster failure.
Have you ever had a holster fail? How often do you check your holsters condition? Or do you just think I’m plain nuts? Whatever it is, let’s hear about it in the comments below.
I'm just an average guy who likes to shoot guns and believes everyone has a right to personal protection . I am an NRA instructor, EMT, Fire Fighter, and the owner of a firearms and K9 training academy. I hope to share some of my knowledge on concealed carry and self defense with you while you're here.