If you ever need to defend yourself, having a proper draw is critical. If you draw your gun the wrong way, don’t get a proper grip from the draw, or do something else wrong, it can hurt your chances of survival when you need it most.
CLEAR YOUR CLOTHING GARMENT:
There are a few different factors for an effective draw. The first factor, or thing you must master, is clearing your clothing garment out of the way before you pull your gun out of the holster. This can be easier said than done, and does require practice to get right.
The way you do this properly depends largely upon where you carry your gun, but there is one thing that remains certain regardless of where you carry: You must get your covering shirt, jacket, or vest completely out of the way before you de-holster your gun.
If you’re carrying in the appendix position, or strong side hip, this means pulling your garment up high to prevent snagging or accidentally gripping a piece of clothing with your gun.
Some folks use two hands to get their covering garment out of the way, while others use one hand. Either can be right for you, but you must practice whatever you choose to get it down. Even the most experienced shooters get this step wrong from time to time.
AT THE RANGE:
This may sound strange, but there is also a place for dry firing while at the range. This is something people who are used to dry firing in their home don’t think about. However, if you start to notice you’re dropping your shots while you’re doing live fire, unload your gun and dry fire at your target a few times.
This will help you isolate the problems you’re having. For example, let’s say you’re flinching (anticipating the shot). If you start to dry fire at the range after doing a few magazines, you’ll still likely flinch while doing it dry.
Pressing off a few dry fire shots will help you get back on track by reinstilling those all-important fundamentals.
And, in fact, dry fire practice is one of the best tools to help you diagnose a flinch–which is a huge cause for shooting accuracy issues.
A flinch usually occurs when you’re anticipating the recoil of the firearm. Your body has an automatic response to trouble. If you’re falling, your body’s automatic response is to put out your arms to brace for the fall.
When you’re shooting, your body will try to lessen the recoil a bit by pushing against the gun. You have to train yourself to prevent this from happening. One of the ways to do this is by dry firing both at home and at the range after shooting to find out if you’re doing it, and how much. Even the most accomplished shooters flinch from time to time and the only way to overcome it is by practicing.
Dry fire practice will help you get that much-needed trigger time, even in the comfort of your own home. Practice whenever you can.
To draw effectively one must get a solid shooter’s grip on the gun before it ever leaves the holster. The key here, is to grip it up as high on the backstrap as you can to help you mitigate recoil once you start shooting.
This is one of the reasons many folks are inaccurate when they shoot, especially from the draw. They don’t have a proper, high grip on their pistol. This makes follow up shots a lot harder. The gun moves back to the rear, the muzzle flips up, then, believe it or not, the muzzle will even dip as the slide moves forward, a lot of the time.
The next step in the draw, is to pull the gun up high out of your holster. Again, the reason it goes up high is to make sure it doesn’t snag on anything, and as a bonus, this helps you with the next part of the draw.
At this point, your support hand is still up high on your chest holding your garment. As you bring the gun up, you’ll release the garment and bring your two hands together as you start to form your two handed grip. You should already have a solid, dominant hand grip on your gun should you need to defend yourself before your support hand comes into play. You should begin to punch the gun outward away from your body and toward your target.
FIND YOUR SIGHT:
The next critical aspect of the draw is acquiring your front sight. Every shooter will do this at different speeds, but it is a best practice to acquire the front sight sometime during the extension of your gun.
This allows you to shoot earlier if necessary to defend life, and also allows you better accuracy at a faster rate.
Finding your front sight during this process is not the easiest thing and should be practiced in both live fire whenever possible, and at home during dry fire practice.
Having a proper drawing technique that you can practice will only help your chances of survival and increase your accuracy when you shoot from the draw.