How to Safely Walk With an Unholstered Handgun

Smith & Wesson's GUNSMARTS video clarifies some gun-safety questions you may have been afraid to ask.

posted on July 28, 2021

Smith & Wesson's Julie Golob is a competitive shooter with a list of accolades longer than she is tall, but she remembers as well as anyone what it's like to be a beginner. One of the questions that many new shooters have (but are afraid to ask) is about what to do if they need to hand-carry a pistol out of its holster. What does a "safe direction" mean when you're on the move? Is there a special way to hold the handgun to ensure that you're observing the Three Rules of Gun Safety

In this video from S&W's GUNSMARTS series, Golob walks you through what "moving with a gun" means for a beginner versus for a competitive shooter. She'll also demonstrate how to walk safely with your unholstered handgun while explaining exactly why you'll want to copy her moves. These gun-handling skills are the ones you're most likely to need in your day-to-day life, but they can't ever become "casual." 

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