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Tips for Drawing a Handgun from an Open Carry or Concealed Holster; Practice Pistol Draw Drills & More

When it comes to shooting, there are a few basic fundamentals, and one of them include drawing the weapon. Whether you are in law enforcement, military, security, or have a concealed weapons carry, you need to know how to adequately draw your gun from the holster to ensure that your shot counts. Today, we at Shooting Range Industries would like to elaborate on drawing a gun from a holster. Below are the rudimentary steps for drawing.

Drill for How to Draw a Pistol from a Holster

1) Clearance. Move garments out of the way since you need to access the handgun quickly, practice moving the garments to access the gun.
2) Grip. Once cleared and accessed, the handgun needs to be properly griped. Basic grip includes the index finger being placed very high on the backstrap underneath the beavertail, the web of shooting hand between thumb, trigger finger straight alongside of holster, thumb pointed forward and up high to create gap to allow room for the support hand.
3) Lift. Lift the handgun straight up from the holster and immediately bring the support hand opened with fingers extended and ready. Center into the chest with strong elbow held high, close to body, and pointed backward. Prevent dragging and binding by avoiding rotating the elbow out away from body.
4) Rotate. By moving strong elbow down to waist, rotate the handgun to the front and up toward the threat/target without sweeping your support hand.
5) Meet and move. With muzzle pointed toward the threat/target, meet and move the support hand to the strong gun hand in a two-handed grip for support, switch safety off, and quickly assess the threat/target.
6) Extension. Place finger on trigger, extend arms and handgun straight out and fully forward with sights on target confirming sight picture.
7) Fire. With only the trigger finger of hand moving, press the trigger smoothly straight back and not intermittently, and take the shot, if there is a deadly threat.
8) Remove trigger finger. Remove the trigger finger and place on the side, scan for any additional threats.
9) Re-holster slowly without looking at holster.

Modular Shooting Range for Practice & Training

Taking the time to practice drawing and re-holstering is well worth the investment. With a smooth, steady, and flawless draw, your aim and shot can be better. This above-mentioned drill, minus shots fired of course, can be practiced even when you are not on the range with an air pistol replica and in your home. Adding drawing to the drills at the range can be equally helpful. Ultimately, the fundamentals are the basics of shooting and need to be practice in order to improve your overall shooting success rate. The core basics of shooting include stance, grip, draw, sight alignment and sight picture, trigger management, breathing, follow through, and recovery. These fundamentals will naturally improve your over techniques, abilities, success rate. If you are uncertain of these, beginner gun courses can offer a more in depth look. Contact your local shooting range for potential classes, if they do not offer any, chances are they are in the know with groups and classes you can join. Shooting Range Industries designs and builds custom shooting ranges to best meet your needs. Contact us to learn more today!