What is a word that means to remove from a holster as opposed to putting something back in a holster? I’ve searched deholster and unholster, each with no results found.
You’re probably thinking of draw¹, which is certainly used with this meaning:
To pull out (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth).
For example, you might say “the gunslinger drew his pistol”.
Actually, it is unholster. I’m sure of it, because I’ve heard it a lot in those thousands of movies I’ve seen in my life.
Check the “unholster” Wiktionary entry¹ for further info.
I would use the term draw, as in “He drew his gun to confront the robbers, then holstered it after they ran away.”
A dictionary entry and example from TheFreeDictionary:
To take or pull out: drew a gun from beneath the counter; drew out a fat wallet.¹
I'd suggest that draw and unholster are subtly different- to draw a firearm is to remove it from the holster with intent to use it (or at least threaten such use); unholster would be more commonly used when surrendering or relinquishing a weapon, either for reasons of military discipline or to return to stores when no longer required.
I was drawn here because I am writing a story where an officer is shot before he has a chance to "unholster" his gun. Dictionary.com does not recognize this word, and I don't want to use the word "draw" for purely artistic reasons. I thought I had heard the word "unholster" as well. What is a reasonable antonym, other than "draw?" Thanks!