Look Down While Re-holstering?

Nathan S
by Nathan S

With Instructor Zero constantly showing his shooting exploits, its nice to see Funker Tactical take a break from Zero making the rest of us look bad. Instead, they take a gander at re-holstering a firearm after a stressful encounter and if one should look at the holster while doing son.

Daniel Shaw, Director of Training at Thunderbirds Academy in Wichita, Kansas Tactical contends that one can and sometimes should look while re-holstering. I, for one, agree with the trainer and that one can look at their holster, but don’t think one can go wrong with the choice to or not to do so.

What do you think? Is Daniel (and your humble writer) off their rocker?

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Tacbear Tacbear on Sep 21, 2015

    Finally someone that teaches common sense! When it is time to draw and shoot or cover possible threat...then it time to draw and shoot or cover possible threat! When hostilities cease and you determine it is safe to holster the #1 thing is to holster safely. I have seen students that looked down range or did the "Instructor Zero looky/scan" while re-holstering with their finger still on the trigger and have a negligent discharge. This can ruin your whole day .Along with looking at the holster I also teach students to place their index finger and their middle finger over the trigger guard so nothing can get to the trigger while holstering.

  • Stephen Brasher Stephen Brasher on Sep 21, 2015

    It's easy to situate the appreciation to suit a desired end-state. Shaw's advice is valid for the situation of a home-owner holstering as law-enforcement officers arrive. But a law-enforcement officer holstering to transition to a less-lethal use of force option (TASER or OC spray etc) should maintain visual contact with the the threat, and that menas not looking at the holster.