Safety Tips: Pay attention to safely re-holster your handgun

Drawing your gun when danger looms is quite exciting and fun in a way, but reholstering can be more dangerous if you are not careful enough to follow the rules. Although holstering may not be particularly exciting, it is most important to be guarded as taking it for granted equals a self-inflicted injury.

I could remember a scene I witnessed a long time ago. There was a breakdown of order in my neighborhood which caused many people to lose their lives while severely injured. Police and citizens exchanged shots at each other for a long while before things were called to order. 

After the events went down, a police officer wanted to re-holster his handgun, but out of impatience or what I called negligence, he mistakenly pressed the trigger, and that was it; his left thigh was torn apart.

Imagine the pains and regrets because of an unintended mistake.

You need to carefully consider how and when to holster a gun back if you carry one. Knowing when to re-holster a pistol is quite simple. When you are sure there is no danger in your environment, or there cannot be an emergency any time soon; then, it is the right time to put your gun back to the holster. This idea is particularly effective if you just used your firearm for self-defense or someone else, and you are sure the police are responding to the situation already.

It is only fair that you conceal your handgun before the police arrive because if the firearm is still in your hand when the police arrived, you might sure be creating an unfavorable scene for yourself as you can be tagged as a perpetrator, hence the need to holster the gun back to avoid this tragedy once you are sure there is no imminent hazard. 

Here are the safety tips to re-holstering your firearm:

The Easy way

To prevent putting a hole through your leg, you must know the easy way to holster. It would help if you were sure the gun is safe while it goes back to the holster. Your finger should be entirely out of the trigger since keeping your finger on the trigger might mistakenly press it, thereby giving a blow-up.

There is no benefit whatsoever in rushing or stuffing your gun into the holster without adequate procedure; you will only be digging a deep hole in your body. It is only crucial that you take your time to holster your firearm correctly.

Thick fabrics can also cause an accident during holstering so clear the holster path before the steps.

Proper grip

For good reasons, it is best to hold your pistol in a proper shooting grip with your trigger finger positioned along with the frame. In contrast, your other three fingers stay on the grip under the trigger guard right from the moment you clutch your pistol till it is secured in the safest posture.

This gives you better control when drawing, shooting, and holstering your gun. If your holster does not stay firm when you draw your gun, there are two things to do.

  • You either check your holster before inputting your gun or
  • You remove the holster from your waistband( IWB or OWB) to re-holst it.

You should follow the above process if you use an elastic holster that depends on traction to maintain its space and holsters covering the handgun’s trigger guard alone.

A renowned Singleton of Singleton International instructor once said, “If you are not certain your world is safe, you should not consider using holstering.”

Knowing fully well that your world is safe, why don’t you take a second to lock your pistol into the holster while at the same time ensuring your concealing garment does not hinder the process, then make sure your fingers are off the trigger?

This careful but straightforward act could save you from an unintentional discharge that may cost you your life if care is not taken.

Good positioning

Yank the pistol close to your body into a retention posture to have absolute control over it. After you would have checked your front for another menace, now check behind you again to be sure you are entirely safe. You can use this time to check if you need to reload.

Safety on

Activate your handgun safety if it has one and put your thumb pressure on the safety while pushing it gently in its secure path. Do this until your firearm is in the holster or there is a need to fire again.


Now is the time to rotate the muzzle to 90 degrees so that it points to the ground. Take your finger off the trigger guard to keep thumb pressure against the safety. 

This action is necessary to avoid accidental discharge, which may cause you to be imbalanced for life.

Retention strap

Initiate a retention strap if your holster got one after releasing your pistol. Avoid the mistake of using your support hand to assist in holstering when the gun is yet to be correctly placed in the holster. Some shooters make that mistake. You should not because it is synonymous with losing your fine toe, If not all.

Balance checking

After safely holstering your handgun, the next thing is to check for balancing on every angle. Walk back and forth to feel the comfortability and to also ensure proper holstering. You can also sit to check out the position while sitting.

Also, get a friend to check for the concealability while walking to ensure it is not exposed from behind.


After safely holstering your firearm, you can now enjoy life and merry. Holstering should be a controlled and conscious action and not banging without caution, except you want to pity yourself. Above all, move slowly and safely; the speed rate you used to bring out your handgun should be different when holstering it back. A close shot at your thigh, leg, or foot can get ravaging results in which the scar will remain for life.