Updated: Aug 10, 2020
One the most underrated and overlooked but critically foundational pieces of gear is often substituted with "what I've got", or "this should be good enough". But, truth be told more time and thought should be devoted to this core component of the Every Day Carry (EDC) and range load out.
Our students have heard us preach it, teach it, and demonstrate this on the range and in the classroom. We expect it to hold, we expect it to be strong, and yet we ignore it and give it little thought - we adjust and make what we have work. However, when it's time to get to work, to bring our training from the cerebral to the tactile, we move aggressively and act decisively as instructed and trained. And...if you've trained enough, long enough, what happens next is hard to watch, and in the context of defensive pistol - can be life threatening.
The aggressive action doesn't have the expect results - we formed our master grip, we aggressively pulled our pistols to clear the holster and...they didn't clear. The holster moved with the gun in an upward direct and with the intention of strong retention - didn't release the firearm. Or worse, the holster and gun move aggressively together in one piece in an upward direction while the sounds of vital equipment hitting the floor fill your ears and mind. In the context of a defensive situation - seconds are ticking away while you adrenaline filled blood and muscles tighten under the additional stress while you mind strains to grasp what happened and how to fix the problem. Seconds later...it's over... and...
Hopefully you were just on the range in a stress induced training scenario and not trying to respond to a deadly threat. What happened, what failed, where did this go wrong? Good questions to start the analysis...but...this could be avoided. Some of you no doubt have figured out what piece of equipment I'm referring to... others still may be wondering.
This is perhaps one of the most important pieces of equipment in our EDC and range load outs. When overlooked, replaced by a cheaper version, replaced with a thinner, older version, failure is not just a possibility it's a high probability.
If you're in one or more of IDS classes, you are guaranteed to put some hard miles and repetitions of drawing in a