Why Proper Training & Holsters Matter

For the following video review, I wanted to focus on a video
that is now a decade old but, unfortunately, is still sadly applicable today.
It is a short video of a wannabe influencer attempting to draw at close range
of a target from a cheap OWB holster and shooting himself in the leg in the
process. Here are some of the critical lessons that you can take away and
hopefully never replicate.

From the onset, we can see that this individual is using
sub-par gear, despite the grainy video. It is carried at his 4 o’clock, and from
the appearance, the gun just barely cleared the holster before he put his
booger hook on the bang switch (yes, those are technical terms). I can’t
emphasize this enough, but cheap holsters are cheap for a reason; get a quality
one that will guard that trigger, and a deep concealment one like the Roughneck or original will clear the holster a lot faster than one that rides higher on
the hip. Second, that holster is not retained very well. As he draws up, it
folds inward, pointing the muzzle directly at his leg. This method is wildly
dangerous, especially if you appendix carry. I don’t know about you, but I
don’t want to accidentally hit my femoral artery or blow off my family jewels
(which, if the latter happens, I hope I just hit the artery anyway). You can
tell by the amount of play it is not very secure, therefore adding to draw time
and not providing significant retention should he have tripped or if someone
tried to grab his pistol.

Another key aspect to this is training. You can tell that his
video was meant to demonstrate the speed of draw and target acquisition, and
engagement. Watching this sequence, I would imagine that he has likely never
done this for time repeatedly. Otherwise, he would have noticed the holster he
had was crap, as well as he would have probably not had an issue drawing. This
happens a lot when rushed, especially when in a stressful situation. Therefore,
I constantly re-iterate to practice drawing the same way every time, repeatedly,
as it is likely the one step that we can screw up the easiest and most
dangerous as you have introduced a firearm to the fight. It can be catastrophic
if not employed immediately (either to fire or dissuade).

Also, the key to this video is that he immediately drops the
weapon (smart in his case) and puts pressure on the wound. I usually carry at
least an Israeli bandage on me, if not a tourniquet when I carry. If I am alone
like he is, I typically carry a full Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) because I
may have to self-secure. As he was alone in a rural setting, this could have
been fatal if the round was a few inches in a different direction.

Thankfully he survived and posted a follow-up video, as seen
here. The bottom line is he was lucky. Don’t rely on luck, practice, practice,
practice, and throw the crappy holster in the trash.

Author: Ian Bolser