Slide, Hammer, Holster.

One thing I like about Step By Step Gun Training’s Shoot N Scoot events is that they give the average gun owner an opportunity to safely draw a loaded gun from a holster, shoot it, then re-holster. The gun industry assumes that such things are common skills that everybody knows how to do, but the reality is quite different, both inside the industry and with regular gun owners as well. Not everybody does gun games or has access to a pistol bay or backyard range, and very few indoor ranges allow for drawing from a holster. As a result, the only opportunity a student receives to draw and shoot a loaded gun from a holster is at a training class.

This is not a good thing.

A couple of observations from TacCon this year:

  1. There was a shooter in Lee Weems’ class shooting a SIG Sauer 938 from a wildly inappropriate holster, a Nate Squared tuckable hybrid holster carried at the appendix position. We can debate the utility of hybrid holsters at a later date, but the holster this student was using was definitely NOT set up for AIWB and they were struggling. A few minutes on a range with an instructor could have solved a bunch of problems there.
  2. I shot almost all the pistol classes at TacCon with my CZ P07 in a Comp-Tac CTAC carried on my strong-side hip. One thing I learned in MAG40 was to side-step left and push my right hip out towards the holster, giving me a clear path to the holster which didn’t put any body parts in mortal danger as I was re-holstering. And, as best I could tell, I was the only one doing that. AIWB carriers at TacCon were, for the most part, leaning forward and making sure their wedding tackle wasn’t in the way of their muzzle, but I didn’t see any extra-special care with re-holstering done by strong side hip carriers. This is not good.

I can’t help but wonder if practical shooting has an influence on this somehow. Don’t get me wrong, I think competition is fantastic and every serious shooter needs to do it, but the “…and holster” command is done with an empty gun in USPSA and IDPA. This gets people used to holstering quickly and moving on to scoring, and that’s not a good habit to have if you’re doing it on a hot range. 

Bottom line is, the more venues we have to normalize the idea of carrying a gun on your hip, the faster the culture of concealed carry AND practical pistol will grow.

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  1. You want to know how stupid some indoor range managers are? I’ve seen a few around the country that will let students of Gunsite and Thunder Ranch draw from holsters, along with their local cops, of course. Students of FrontSight? Oh, hell no! Which is odd, considering the owner did extensive personal training at Gunsite before deciding to open his own school. His original Director of Training was Chuck Taylor, who was RangeMaster at Gunsite. Cooper thought very highly of Taylor. Most, if not all of Chuck’s assistant trainers were also staff at Gunsite. Clint, of TR was also from Gunsite. The instruction syllabus has changed very little in substance over the years. I attended their first 4 day class, so I should know.

    Since the marketing of that school is non-traditional, most of the people in the industry seem to hate the place. Which is beyond stupid. I’ve been there for a class where there were over 800 students on hand, which is normal, apparently. I’m told they have had 1200 on some weekends. Can you point me to ANY gun school in the world that does that much business? It’s been over twenty years now, and yet I see no real change in how they view the school. It would seem that the gun industry is so hide bound it isn’t capable of dealing with anything changing in their world. That doesn’t bode well with the current onslaught in the political realm.
    That school produces shooters that are staunch defenders of shooting and gun rights. They take multiple classes, and don’t limit themselves to just FrontSight. The industry should be celebrating their success, not denigrating it, and wishing it would go away.

    I’m not saying the school is perfect. Not hardly. None of them are, for that matter. Always room for improvement.

      1. I know you took a class there. You ignored the points I was covering, and just blew it off. Why? You go on and on about how gun culture 2.0 needs to step things up, and I agree with you. Basically, I agree with your assessment of the school. That’s essentially Cooper’s legacy, his New Technique of the gun. Hidebound. I wasn’t writing about the school so much as the inbred(?) bias of ranges, and the training industry in general. The general attitude of people who work in stores and ranges is atrocious, and I think it is a very big factor in chasing away new blood in the shooting world. They are a choke point.

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