Each gun range will have their own policy on shooting when drawing from the holster. Some ranges will disallow this practice altogether while other ranges will find shooting from the holster acceptable. Most gun ranges, however, will probably set conditions on holster firing such as the completion of mandatory special training or possessing prior range certification in order to proceed. It’s always best to consult with your local gun range to see what their holster drawing policy is before venturing out; never assume that you have blanket permission to draw from the holster just because you’ve watched a few YouTube videos, read a few blog articles, you’re current or ex-military, current or ex-law enforcement, a government agent, or you received specialized training at another facility. Gun ranges enact their policies based on insurance company mandates, past experiences with customers on the shooting line, and consultations with their legal department. Some ranges are willing to accept a manageable degree of risk while other ranges craft policies in an attempt to reduce their exposure to risk as much as possible.
It can be argued that practicing drawing from the holster is an important exercise. You never know when you’ll need to draw your firearm from its holster. For example, you might need to draw while filling up your car with gas, shopping at the grocery store, holding an umbrella, or walking the dog. The point of practicing is to build confidence through repetition. And while practicing this exercise at the local gun range makes sense from the user’s point of view, it may not always make sense from the range’s point of view. Since it is the range’s responsibility to create a safe shooting environment for all guests, prohibiting drawing from the holster is meant to prevent accidental discharges during the firearm’s removal. Bullets from accidental discharges have the potential to ricochet in the shooting area and for some ranges, holster drawing isn’t a risk worth taking.
Family Armory range rules state:
No drawing from the holster. EXCEPTION (A): During special events where holster draw has been pre-approved and during formal training sessions.