Just recently a conversation was had where I was asked for my opinion on “Speed re-holstering”.  As the question sunk, I was honestly taken back as I thought more and more of what I was asked.  Then it hit me!  SPEED RE-HOLSTERING?????   What is that???   Is that a technique that is being tought?  In my mind, it just seemed counter productive to be focusing on Speed re-holstering.

So of course, I begin to re-search!!  overwhelmingly, I find blog after blog and article after article all pretty much stating the same concern.   There should be no reason what so ever for a Police Officer to be in hurry to re-holster!  At all!!   It turns out that the issue wasn’t so much trying to re-holster quickly for time, however re-holstering quickly to know that your able to do so, should you have an adversary in front of you and your engaged hands on.

We teach this not as a re-holstering technique after a fire fight, but as a technique should you have to go hands on with an individual and deciding to secure the weapon in your holster.   So,  as an instructor, it would be imperative to draw that mental picture as to why we are training certain techniques.  If the student is in the proper mind-set, it will help them visualize why we are training a re-holstering technique and most importantly why.

So, Ill put this one out there for you guys to think about!   let me know what you think!

3 thoughts on ““SPEED RE-HOLSTERING?”

  1. Name: Brad Byers

    Comment: Rafael,

    I think a quality firearms training program should handle any members issues either holstering or unholstering. Although I am sure there is a proper place, but as a trainer you would have to be very careful of the possibility of conditioning a mindset for “speed reholstering”. Under the proper scenario with a specific objective it could have value.

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  2. Name: Steve Haley
    Email: s.haley@snoco.org
    Comment: Absolutely once we have unholstered based on some stimulus, we should be reluctant to re-holster. However, like you state in the article what if we now need to go hands on?

    Step one – Learn to fight (temporarily) with one hand and both feet. Keep your suspect at distance with some stop kicks, jabs and palm heel strikes.

    Step two – Re-holster without looking by sound and feel. Hundreds and thousands of repititions. Everytime you practice your draw stroke, practice a “Speed Re-Holster”.

    Step three – Learn to fight with both hands while holding a pistol. No this isn’t pistol whipping class. It’s called the “Brace” technique here in Washington. Maybe something else where you are. Both hands on the gun. One on the pistol grip with a high register/index and the other on the upper/lower slide assembly gripping around the forward barrel area. Be sure to keep your hand out of the line of fire.

    You can now punch, throw elbows and fire one round instantly. You must manually activate the slide to chamber a new round for a follow up shot if necessary. This also keeps the semi-auto handgun in battery in a close in contact shot scenario.

    Time: Monday October 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm
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  3. “Speed Re-Holstering” sounds a lot like “speed handcuffing”. In other words, something recruits do in challenge matches at the academy to kill time. Truth is if you are in a position where you are rushing either of these skills you have probably made several mistakes to get you to this point. Before we begin handcuffing, we need to “control”. That means both your suspect and your environment. If these areas are under your control, there is no need to rush. In the same thought; before putting your weapon away, you need to ensure you no longer sense any danger. Then you may take all the time you need to holster and secure your weapon. Drawing from the holster is a speed manuver while holstering is an art which is done only when you are good and ready.

    There is no doubt there are situations where surprise may inturrupt this perfect cycle and for those events I cite Steve who wrote, “learn to fight” (or give yourself permission to fight) with a gun in your hand.

    From a trainer’s perspective, never tell the students on the firing line to “holster”. They shouldn’t have to wait for you to tell them this and shouldn’t be conditioned to respond to commands like this. They should know they are free to holster when and only when, they feel safe.

    How much time should it take to holster a weapon? The rest of your life!

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