Having a proper draw technique is crucial.
It ensures safety (for both you and those around you) while also allowing for quick response times when needed most.
Today we’ll cover the basics of what holster draw entails and why mastering this skill should be high on your priority list.
Ready? Let’s get started…
The Importance Of Proper Holster Draw
- Safety: Drawing your weapon correctly minimizes the risk of accidental discharge or injury. A good grip on your firearm prevents mishaps like dropping it or having it snag on clothing during the process.
- Ease: A smooth, efficient draw means less fumbling around trying to get your gun out when seconds count. Muscle memory plays a huge role here, among other things.
- Speed: A quick and efficient holster draw can mean the difference between life and death. The faster you can get your gun into action, the better your chances of protecting yourself or others in danger. For some inspiration, watch Jerry Miculek’s lightning-fast draws.
In short, knowing how to properly draw from a holster is an essential skill that every responsible gun owner should master.
If you’re ready to level up your holster game (and impress all your friends at the range), keep reading.
How to Properly Draw from a Holster
Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of holster drawing. We’ll break it down step-by-step so you can safely and effectively draw from your waistband holster.
Setting up for a Proper Draw
Start with a solid stance. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and slightly bend your knees. This gives you stability and allows for better movement if needed.
The “surrender stance” is when you have both hands raised at chest level, palms facing outwards. Raising your hands at chest level, palms outwardly, is critical for keeping a firearm out of reach until you’re ready to draw.
Using Your Support Hand During the Draw
Your support hand plays an essential role in holster draw techniques. As soon as you decide to draw, bring that hand across your body towards the gun while keeping it high on the chest area to avoid any clothing snags or obstructions.
Mastering Draw Touchpoints
- Fingers: Keep them straight and off the trigger until sights are on target.
- Palm: Make sure it’s firmly pressed against the grip tang (the top part of the grip).
Grip Pressure: The 90/10 Rule For The Draw
You want 90% pressure coming from front-to-back between palm and fingers while only applying 10% side-to-side squeeze using thumb and fingertips. This helps prevent any unwanted movement during the draw.
Keep Your Firing Thumb High
Maintain a high firing thumb position to ensure a good grip on your gun. This allows for better control and quicker target acquisition once you’ve drawn.
Bringing The Gun High
As you draw, bring the gun up high in front of your chest with both hands firmly gripping it. This is known as the “high compressed ready” position, which sets you up for fast draw and accurate shots if needed.
Vision During The Draw From A Holster
Your eyes should be focused on the threat while drawing. Don’t look down at your holster or gun. Trust yourself and keep those peepers locked onto whatever’s causing trouble.
Mastering A Safe Draw
Avoid pointing the muzzle at anything other than what you intend to shoot. Keep that trigger finger straight until sights are aligned with your intended target.
To safely re-holster, follow these steps: 1) Finger off trigger; 2) Look holster into place (it’s okay to glance down now); 3) Ensure no clothing or obstructions before fully inserting firearm back into its cozy home.
How To (Correctly) Practice Drawing from a Holster
Why Practice Drawing Your Gun?
The simple answer: muscle memory.
Repeated practice will help to make your movements instinctive and automatic.
This means when faced with an actual self-defense situation, you’ll be able to draw quickly and accurately without fumbling or hesitation.
Where Can I Practice Drawing from Concealment?
- Dry fire at home (with an unloaded firearm).
- Incorporate drawing drills during range sessions.
- Taking specialized classes that focus on drawing techniques.
What Tools Do I Need To Practice My Draw?
- A quality holster designed for your specific firearm model (IWB or OWB).
- A sturdy belt that supports both your gun and holster securely.
- An unloaded firearm or dummy gun for safe dry-fire training at home (safety first.)
Drawing from an OWB Holster:
- Start with your hands at a natural resting position.
- Clear any clothing or obstacles out of the way using your support hand.
- Securely clasp the firearm, ensuring your trigger finger remains extended and away from the trigger until you are prepared to shoot.
- Pull up and out from the holster in one smooth motion, rotating the muzzle towards your target as soon as it clears leather (or Kydex).
Drawing from an IWB Holster:
- Begin with hands at rest by your sides or in front of you.
- Carefully lift any concealing garments away from the firearm using your support hand while maintaining situational awareness.
- Firmly grasp the pistol’s grip, ensuring proper placement of fingers and thumb for maximum control during presentation.
- Lift straight upward before angling toward target; this helps avoid “sweeping” yourself or others nearby with muzzle direction.
Self Analysis on the Draw
To improve upon anything, we must first analyze our performance honestly.
Record yourself practicing drawing techniques so that you can identify areas where improvement is needed.
This will help make each practice session more effective.
Common Mistakes When Drawing From a Holster
Alright, let’s dive into some common mistakes people make when drawing from a holster.
To help you avoid these blunders, I’m going to provide an analysis of the most frequent mistakes and how to correct them.
Fumbling with Your Grip
The first mistake is not establishing a solid grip on your firearm before pulling it out of the holster.
This can lead to poor control and accuracy once you’re ready to shoot.
To fix this issue, practice establishing a proper grip as soon as your hand makes contact with the gun handle.
Covering Yourself With The Muzzle
Muzzling yourself during the draw is another big no-no. It’s dangerous and could result in an accidental discharge hitting your own body parts (ouch.).
Always keep that muzzle pointed away from any part of your body while drawing by practicing good trigger discipline and using correct techniques like keeping your finger off the trigger until you’re on target.
Poor Clothing Management
- Sweaters: For those who love their cozy sweaters, remember they can snag on holsters easily. Make sure you clear any excess fabric before attempting to draw so that nothing gets caught in between.
- Tucked-in Shirts: If you’re rocking a tucked-in shirt for concealed carry purposes, ensure it doesn’t get stuck under or around your holster when trying to access your weapon quickly. Practice your draw while wearing different types of clothing to get a feel for what works best.
Slow and Unsteady Draw
Rushing through the draw can lead to mistakes, but going too slow isn’t ideal either. You want a smooth, steady motion that allows you to quickly access your firearm without fumbling or hesitating. Practice makes perfect.
Forgetting Your Support Hand
Your support hand is crucial in helping establish a solid grip on your weapon during the draw process. Don’t let it just hang there like an awkward third wheel. Make sure it’s actively involved by clearing clothing or assisting with establishing grip as needed.
Failing To Scan The Environment
After drawing your gun, don’t forget to scan the environment for any additional threats or obstacles before reholstering. Tunnel vision can be dangerous – stay aware of your surroundings at all times.
Avoiding These Mistakes With Proper Training And Practice:
- Dry Fire Drills: Get some quality dry fire practice in at home (with an unloaded gun) so you can work on proper technique without live ammunition.
- Range Time: Hit up the shooting range regularly and practice drawing from various positions under controlled conditions.
- Courses & Classes: Take advantage of firearm training courses offered by certified instructors who specialize in holster draw techniques and concealed carry (NRA Instructor Search). Identifying incorrect practices is essential; so make sure to continually hone your draw technique and you’ll soon be a master.
Drawing On The Move
Maintaining Balance and Stability
The first thing you need to know about drawing on the move is maintaining balance and stability.
When moving, keep your knees slightly bent and take small steps with your weight centered over your feet.
This will help prevent any wobbling or stumbling during the process.
Mastering Your Draw Technique While Moving
You’ve already practiced your holster draw technique while stationary (right?), so now it’s time to add some movement into the mix.
Start by walking slowly forward or backward as you execute each step of the draw process:
- Surrender Stance – Keep those hands up.
- Grip Establishment – Get that strong hand grip.
- Firing Thumb High – Don’t forget this crucial detail.
- Drawing High – Bring that firearm up high before extending outwards.
As you become more comfortable with these steps, gradually increase your speed until you can smoothly execute them at full pace.
Avoiding Tunnel Vision
In high-stress situations, our brains tend to focus solely on the threat, leading to tunnel vision. This can be dangerous as it prevents us from being aware of our surroundings and potential additional threats. To combat this, practice scanning your environment while drawing on the move.
Practice Makes Perfect
Just like with stationary drawing, repetition is key when learning how to draw on the move. Set up a safe training area (unloaded gun, please.) and incorporate movement into your regular holster draw drills.
Dry Fire Practice Drills
If you’re looking for some dry fire practice drills that include movement, check out these suggestions.
Moving Sideways – The Tactical Shuffle
Sometimes moving forward or backward isn’t enough; you’ll need to shuffle sideways too. The tactical shuffle involves taking small steps side-to-side while maintaining balance and stability. Remember to keep practicing those same holster draw techniques we discussed earlier.
Sidestepping Video Tutorial
Need help mastering the art of sidestepping? Watch this video tutorial for guidance.
Incorporating movement into your holster draw technique will better prepare you for real-life self-defense situations where standing still just isn’t an option. So get out there and start shuffling those feet – safely, of course.
By following proper techniques and practicing regularly, you can ensure a fast and safe draw in any situation.
Remember to maintain a good grip, keep your trigger finger indexed until ready to fire, and always be aware of your surroundings.
Hope this post helped you improve your draw technique – see you in the next one!