Why You Always Need a Holster

We are blessed to live in a time when we have more holster options than we could ever imagine. Fifty years ago folks weren’t so lucky and many of the holsters were cheap, fell apart easily, and were flimsy. But not anymore. Plus, a decent plastic holster can be had for about $40 and a leather holster for around $65 so there’s no excuse not to have a quality holster for your gun.

But despite all this, there are still far too many individuals who carry a gun without a holster. And I’m not just referring to “gangsters” or Plaxico Burris either. The fact is, earlier in the day I was reading about a Virginia man who was carrying his gun in his waistband without using a holster. He was in a store parking lot and was getting out of the car with his wife and four kids. As he was exiting the car he somehow shot himself in the leg with his gun and according to police, he bled to death in front of his family in a matter of minutes.

Another less tragic incident happened when a man was carrying a gun in his pocket without using is holster. He was at a restaurant getting ready to pay the  bill when h reached in his pocket and shot himself in the leg.

I realize at times all human beings can be lazy…

But firearms safety is one area where you always have to be vigilant. If you need make a quick run to 7-11 for some bread don’t just grab your J-frame and throw it in your pants pocket. Take the time to get your pocket holster.

Also, remember, that if you’re carrying a gun in your pocket there should be nothing else in your pocket. In the example above, the man shouldn’t have been reaching in his pocket to pay the restaurant bill. There shouldn’t have been money or credit cards there.

And if for some reason I haven’t convinced you of the importance of using a holster…

I’m pretty sure this will change your mind. Last year an Arizona newspaper ran a story with the headline: Police Urge Holster Use After Man Shoots His Own Penis.

Apparently, a 27-year old man was securing his girlfriend’s pink handgun in the front of his pants. Things obviously didn’t go as planned as he fired a shot that went through his most important man part and traveled into his leg.

When the 911 dispatcher asked the girlfriend how he was doing she reported, “”He’s still coherent and everything but he’s bleeding quite a lot.” Thankfully the man lived, but who knows if he’ll ever be the same.

So from now on, remember to use a holster every single time you’re carrying a gun, no matter what. If you don’t, you might not just lose your “man part” but you might lose your life.


Jason R. Hanson is a former CIA officer. He’s also an NRA Certified Instructor and the author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry: Confessions of a Former CIA Officer. Jason believes there are few things in life as important as being able to protect yourself and your loved ones. That’s why he’s giving away a free report titled, “Insider Secrets of Buying Your First Concealed Carry Firearm” at www.ConcealedCarryAcademy.com.

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