How to Safely Draw Your Gun from any Holster

How to Safely Draw Your Gun from any Holster
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How you holster your gun directly impacts how you draw your gun which is why practicing your draw from all holsters, including holsters in purses, is essential. If you can’t draw your gun fast enough, all the shooting skills in the world won’t amount to a hill of beans.

How you holster your gun directly impacts how you draw your gun which is why practicing your draw from all holsters, including holsters in purses, is essential. If you can’t draw your gun fast enough, all the shooting skills in the world won’t amount to a hill of beans. Couple that with a stressful situation and major adrenaline and you’re in big trouble. How you choose to conceal and carry your firearm is an important decision and there are a variety of factors to consider when choosing your method. Different clothing requires different types of holsters. You’ll use a completely different technique drawing from a bra holster than you will drawing from an ankle holster. Here are some tips for safely drawing your gun from any holster.

The best way to draw your gun in a safe and quick motion that comes both quickly and naturally is with repeated and regular practice. Whenever you practice you should always do so with an unloaded gun. Practicing in front of a mirror helps you to make sure the muzzle of the gun isn’t covering any part of your body when you are drawing your gun. Be sure to carry your gun on your strong side. The last thing you want to do is reach across your body for your gun. If you are right handed, you’ll want to position your holster on your right side with the gun’s handle in the proper position so you can grasp and draw your gun with the correct grip and shoot it as fast as possible. A smooth draw is dependent on selecting the proper holster, firearm and clothing; placement on the body and practice.

When you’re in a potentially life threatening situation every second counts. If you aren’t competent drawing your gun you could put yourself in further danger. Sure speed is important when drawing your gun, but fumbling your gun won’t do you any good if you draw your gun so fast it flies out of your hand. The only way to achieve the muscle memory needed when drawing your gun under stress is through training and practice. This is why many gun owners practice drawing as part of their dryfire practice with an unloaded gun. They also practice on a live-fire range with someone who can watch for their mistakes. Start slow and build up to drawing your gun faster and faster each time. It’s better to get your motions down pat first before concerning yourself with speed. If you use more than one concealed and carry holster, be sure to practice with all of them regularly.

There are four basic steps to safely drawing your gun from any holster. First, place your firing hand on the grip of your firearm and release any retention system your holster has. Then grip your handgun, keeping your trigger finger straight along the slide outside of your holster. Keep your non-dominant hand to the side or placed on your stomach to avoid accidentally covering the gun’s muzzle. The second step is to pull your firearm directly up and completely out of your holster. Keep your trigger finger straight on the slide, raise the gun’s muzzle straight up a few inches above the top of your holster.

Third, you’ll want to get your firearm pointed down range at your target. This is accomplished by rotating your dominant arm’s wrist and lower elbow. With your firearm pointed at your target, you can disengage the safety. Finally, once your firearm passes your stomach you can move your support hand toward the gun for a good firing grip and extend your gun to a good firing position. Your support elbow should be low and pointing down. Once your firearm is in its final position, you can quickly focus directly on your target, ready to shoot.


About the Author

Kara L. Gamber Marketing Director for Ace Case Manufacturing, LLC, Kara is also an avid gun enthusiast who absolutely believes in the right to bear arms. She also feels that gun safety is key to avoiding costly mistakes both at home and in public, and that every gun owner should be properly educated. She, her husband and their three children all enjoy spending family time together at both the gun range and local gun shows.
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