Have a decent holster

Police responded to the scene and determined that a person who had a valid concealed firearms carry permit was seated in the theater and had accidentally dropped his firearm to the floor and retrieved and re-holstered it.


I have no idea what kind of holster this man had. What is clear is that the holster didn’t perform a primary function, to wit: keeping the gun in place. Who knows, it might even have been the crappy holster that inspired my Scam artists in the firearms community post.

POS holster NO

Keep in mind that when carrying a gun in public, eventually you will probably sit down. Make sure your holster doesn’t rely solely on gravity to retain the gun. When you sit or slouch, that’s going to stop working. Either a retention system or being fitted to the specific handgun is important.

When carrying a pistol, the gun and holster form a system. That system has to work in a lot of conditions other than what you will encounter at a gun shop or shooting facility. Have that fundamental reality as part of your purchase decision.

Safariland, Galco, and even Blackhawk make decent holsters. Well, some Blackhawks, anyway; my distaste for the Slurpa is well known. But I’ve never heard of a Slurpa letting the gun fall on the ground in a movie theater, so there’s that. There are numerous smaller manufacturers who make high quality gear, as well. One clue is that if it’s made from nylon fabric, you should probably choose something else.

Having to interact with Law Enforcement because your gun fell on the ground is a Serious Mistake. Don’t scrimp for a few dollars and put yourself in that position.

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  2. Excellent observations, as usual.

    Ref Serpas;
    We had a detective at my old job catch the butt of his pistol on a chair slatted chair back while sitting down to dinner in a restaurant, the body of his Serpa broke off of the belt shank and the fell on the floor, with the gun in it of course.

    On my Agile FB page I have a pick posted of another Serpa that broke the belt shank when the officer hooked it on his car door frame, I forget if he was getting in or out of the car at the time.

    Just sayin…..

  3. To further develop the ‘case study’ it would be useful to contact the movie goer to determine: 1) Why did you buy that holster. 2) Will you continue using that holster. 3) Is it your only holster. 4) Do you intend to get a holster that retains the gun more reliably and if yes, why. 4) What criteria will you use when/if getting another holster for that gun. 5) Is it your only carry gun. 6) How many holsters should each pistol or revolver have and why. 6) What is the most money a holster should cost. 7) Should more expensive guns have more expensive holsters. 8) When your pistol falls to the floor in a theater, is it worse if the pistol is – A) Les Baer B) Glock C) SIG D) S&W, and why. Etc., etc.

  4. My first holster when a brand new concealed carrier was an Uncle Mikes IWB nylon. I quickly realized my mistake the first time I used a public restroom while wearing it. The first blemish on my brand new CZ75 P07 Duty was the scratch from hitting the concrete floor of the restroom when my Uncle Mike’s Holster failed to hold it in place. After that I began a search for the right holster, eventually landing with a brand new company called Alien Gear. Today, their holsters are all I use. Great product, very good retention and a great warranty and a team that stands behind their product. Now, I encourage the many students who have gone through my classes to get the right holster the first time, and not to go for the cheapest like I did at first.

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