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1. A case of leather or similar material into which a pistol fits snugly and which attaches to a belt, strap, or saddle so that it may be carried or transported.
2. A belt with loops or slots for carrying small tools or other equipment.
tr.v. hol·stered, hol·ster·ing, hol·sters
To put (a gun, for example) in a holster.

[Probably Dutch, alteration of holfter, hulfter, from Middle High German hulffter, case, sheath, quiver, covering, from hulft, from Old High German; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

hol′stered adj.
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Back in the 70s I figured out if my thumb was on the hammer when the gun was holstered, it would hold down the hammer of a double-action handgun so it couldn't rise or fall, or hold back the hammer of a cocked and (maybe, maybe not) locked single-action auto.
That level of versatility is rarely seen in production holsters, and usually that means there's some slop and play when the gun is holstered. I didn't find that to be the case with the Rapid Slide S3.1 carried a Ruger American Compact, a CZ P-10 C, and a Ruger SP101 and found that this holster held each of the three guns securely in place because the leather wraps around the gun and grips it firmly.
* Crawford grabbed the holstered (unloaded) gun in the SSIII, literally lifted me into the air, and swung me around.
If you can grab the butt of your holstered pistol and slide it back and forth on your hip, either your belt isn't tight enough or you're not properly using your belt loops to help lock the holster in place.
After six weeks, the heavy-duty LFA-1 doesn't show any wear on the exterior, while the inside shows the usual scuffs and cuts from having a pistol holstered and drawn numerous times per day and many times while on range trips.
When the driver is behind the wheel, the holstered gun is hidden by his legs, and quickly accessible with a simple reach between the knees.
The vinyl "Alien Skin" outer texture helps keep a pistol holstered in place without reducing drag.
The belt-worn cross-draw is further criticized by claims that the position and orientation of the holstered pistol make it an easy target for a gun takeaway.
As the pistol is holstered, a flexible claw grips the trigger guard making it inaccessible from any angle other than the specific angle of draw.
Speaking of belts, it's critical to wear a proper gun belt with your holstered gun.
There's also more room for inserting a magazine into the magazine well while the gun is holstered during a one-handed reload.
Rob says one customer was carrying a holstered S&W when he wound up swimming after a runaway jet boat.