Some styles of holsters are well suited to carrying concealed but may not be suited to the instructional environment where the handgun is drawn and re-holstered many times.
Re-holstering with a soft holster where the mouth collapses when the handgun is drawn, or where clothing interferes with re-holstering can lead to the trigger coming in contact with the holster or clothing and may result in an unintended discharge causing serious injury to yourself or others.
The holster used for range instruction should be rigid, such as molded leather, kydex, rigid polymer, etc. The holster should be worn on or with a sturdy belt to firmly support the holster and and gun, especially while re-holstering.
The holster should be worn just forward of, just behind, or directly over the strong side hip. Cross draw holsters, shoulder holsters, purse or waist pack holsters are not suited to the instructional environment.
The holster mouth must remain open after the handgun is drawn to facilitate safe re-holstering. You should be able to re-holster the handgun with one hand. You should wear the holster and be dressed in a manner that prevents the clothing from interfering with re-holstering.
Practice of the draw with other styles of holsters should be conducted with an unloaded handgun in a safe area with no ammunition in the area.
WFTC instructional staff may prohibit the use of some types of holsters on the range if they feel that the holster poses a risk to the student in the instructional environment.
WFTC carries several holsters suited to range instruction. Please stop in or call if you have questions about holster selection.