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Sloppy draw

I can’t tell you how important it is to have a SOLID draw stroke with your pistol. How well and how fast you perform this, could be the difference between life and death.

What is a draw stroke…draw stroke refers to the way in which one removes their gun from the holster and presents it.

There are different ways of doing this, but we teach a 4 step method.

  1. Grip the weapon and clear any retention on the holster.
  2. Draw the weapon out of the holster and point it down range but keep the wrist next to your ribs like the picture above.
  3. This is when your support side hand links up with your weapon either center of the body or off to your strong side.
  4. This when you present the weapon all the way out to the target.

If you do your draw properly, you will see that you are able to start shooting from position 2, 3 and of course 4.

Because in most real life engagements, you are probably not going to be able to get to position 4 right away. The attacker is usually too close or they have started to draw their weapon before you.

I believe step 2 is probably the most skipped or NOT focused on position. This is where we see shooters just swing the weapon up as if they are bowling (which means they CAN NOT engage until position 4) or they draw their weapon out and bring the muzzle high, presenting their weapon as if they were casting a fishing line (which again means they CAN NOT engage until position 4).

So you’re homework for today or tomorrow, is to go through your draw stroke one step at a time and see where you could clean it up a little.

Then start practicing a good draw stroke 10 times daily, making sure that improved draw stroke becomes muscle memory.

Stay Frosty,

Sgt Nick Rians