Except in the rarest circumstance, there’s no operational urgency to holster a gun. When it comes to handguns and holsters, quick out and slow in is the rule of thumb. Here’s a systematic guide to holstering a handgun properly:
Finger Off the Trigger
Retention Position and Scan
Take a Breath
Practicing the sequence is key. For the first hundred times or so, watch what you’re doing. After that, you should be able to safely holster your handgun without looking. From the time of your last shot to the gun being secure, the procedure should take between 8 to 12 seconds.
Don’t just take my word for it. Dave Hartman, the training director at Gunsite Academy, says, “We don’t tolerate speed-holstering here. Holstering should be a controlled and conscious effort, not slamming the gun into a holster. Once the gun comes out in a self-defense situation, one should not be in a hurry to holster until sufficient help arrives.”