After 31 years of fighting and shooting, I have begun to understand that the simplest solution in self-defense is often the best one. We all love the fancy or sexy stuff, that we see all over You Tube. Some of these techniques are truly beautiful, indeed. However, under extreme duress, some of these techniques will often fail due to their complexity or your body’s inability to perform them under stress.
That is, of course, unless you absolutely drill them into the ground and they becomes like gross motor skills. Is this possible, absolutely! Visit the book titled “The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills” by Daniel Coyle to learn the secrets of efficient and simple practice.
So let us look at the act of drawing your firearm from a holster. It is a 4 step process that is easy to master if you practice.
- Obtain your “Master grip” while the firearm is in the holster
- Lift you dominant side “Elbow up“. This clears the firearm from the holster.
- Drop you dominant side “Elbow Down“. The weapon is now in a position to be fired
- “Lock” the firearm into several different positions. The positions that I teach are Close Quarter or Weapons Retention position, Body Point Position, One Handed Full Extension or Two Handed Full Extension.
In the beginning, I suggest you practice this simple 4 step process daily. Watch yourself in a mirror, while conducting the practice. It should be noted that this should only be done with a properly cleared and safe pistol. There is no need to place any additional vent holes in your roof or in your walls.
Once you have the basics down and you have alleviated all unnecessary motion, pick up the pace by adding a timer into your training session. There is obviously more to do and train, but this is a great place to start.
There you have it. Get out there and practice and please let me know how you are doing.