Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Steps Of A Draw

How do I draw? I was asked that the other day. I used to teach this but haven’t for some time. When it comes to defensive shooting there are many answers to this question. It depends a lot on how you carry. But there are some basics. I like and teach these 5.
Clear
Grip
Set
Punch/Push
Trigger Press
If you end up in a close encounter you may not get through these steps or you may have to modify them. These steps can be easily modified into a close quarter situation. Remember that most encounters are within 20 feet (CQB) and in low-light.
Clear
Clear all gear and clothing. Put your support hand on or near your chest to be prepared for compressed ready. During this and all steps you should be moving, even if it is a step sideways or back. Get off the “X” and reset your opponents OODA Loop. (See The OODA Loop and You-John Boyd's Birthday 1/22/2016)
Grip
This is where practice and training will pay off. Support hand is clearing and is near the center of the chest ready to grip at compressed ready. Gun hand breaks the holster retention and grabs the grip in a positive, high in the web of the hand grip, with trigger finger indexed along the side of the gun. Movement is still occurring.
Set
Weapon is set at compressed ready with a positive two hand grip that can shoot immediately if in a CQB or preparing to punch out.
Punch/Push
Punch weapon out from set position toward the threat while acquiring sights. This should be a straight, forward motion like a punch, where the sights will naturally be at eye level. You should not have to move your head or cock to one side. Your movement should be done for the moment and you should prepare to fire the gun.
Trigger press
Target should be acquired and in sights. This happens in the fluid punch out motion. You are ready to assess whether to press the trigger or not.
As you train these movements will become faster and more fluid. You won’t have to think about them. These steps are just so that you can train until they become all one motion.
For CQB you can feasibly shoot from the set position. You can definitely shoot through the punch position. If you train this way you should be ready for engagement at several distances.
Concealed carry as a civilian often does not have emphasis on the draw. Even some basic classes don’t cover this. I believe it is something that needs to be addressed and put into your training program. The better you are at presenting your gun, the better you will be prepared to defend yourself.
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