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How To Test Out A Brand New Handgun Holster

After waiting what seems like forever for a brand new holster to come in the mail, many gun owners are so excited that they fail to follow safe practices before checking out their new holsters.

In this post I will lay out 4 steps that I feel are necessary to take to test out a holster before carrying your firearm in it.

***If you would rather watch these steps instead of reading, scroll to the end to view the video.***


  1. If you are wearing the gun that the new holster is intended for, REMOVE the gun and the holster from your person.
  2. Remove the gun from the holster and CLEAR IT!!! (Physically and Visually check that it is clear.
  3. Pull out the new holster and check the fitment to ensure that it fits your handgun properly and that your firearm comes out smoothly. (I have had a handgun get stuck in a new holster before.)
  4. Keeping it unloaded, put the holstered gun on and begin trying to find the sweet-spot and get a few draw and re-holster reps in.

Once you have completed these steps and are pleased with the results, you are now ready to load your firearm and carry on!

Here is a video for reinforcement: (There’s also a clip of the holster that my gun got stuck in)

As always, I hope you were informed and that you will share this if you think it is something everyone should see!

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