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obtaining a twohanded
fi ring grip.
Drive the
sights into the
target and touch
the trigger.
Re-Holster
Returning to the holster is
a reversal of the draw stroke. While
there might be very good reasons for
drawing the pistol in a hurry, holstering
should always be done slowly and
carefully.
Before re-holstering, look around
for other targets. Once you're sure
it's safe to do so, reload the pistol (in
case of other threats arriving).
When it's time to re-holster, take a
Drawing from Concealment
By Ed Head
A
s a lad, I anxiously
awaited the weekly
episodes of " Gunsmoke, "
strapped on
my toy six-shooter and attempted to
out-draw the U.S. marshal of Dodge
City, Matt Dillon. I never won-Dillon
was good-but, still, this early
practice led me to understand that a
gunslinger needs a smooth, fast draw.
Draw
Th e draw stroke is the act of presenting
the pistol from the holster
to the target, both effi ciently and
smoothly. Th at is, we must eliminate
unnecessary motions while
bringing the pistol into alignment.
We also must avoid jerky, uncoordinated
movement.
Set up for dry practice (be sure
your fi rearm is completely unloaded,
have no ammunition nearby and
observe all NRA safety rules).
40 AUGUST 2021 I AMERICA'S 1ST
FREEDOM
When drawing from concealment
using a strong-side holster, use
the fi ngers of the dominant hand to
sweep the jacket or covering garment
back and out of the way. Your
support hand comes to the chest and
your strong hand obtains a fi ring
grip on the pistol. (Move both hands
at the same time.) What about wearing
a shirt or sweater as a cover garment?
For that, your support hand
lifts the cover garment clear as your
strong hand obtains the fi ring grip.
Note the support hand in this scenario
is still against your body as you
begin the draw.
Immediately get a solid fi ring grip
on the pistol. (If your holster doesn't
allow you to get a full fi ring grip, you
need to change holsters.)
Pull the gun straight up out of the
holster and rotate the muzzle toward
the target. If the pistol is equipped
with a manual safety, it is clicked off
at this point.
Bring the hands together,
deep breath, ensure your fi nger is off
the trigger and reset the safety.
Push the coat or shirt out of the
way while keeping a fi rm grip on
the pistol.
Carefully, slowly, safely holster.
Th e danger here is in rushing back
to the holster. Should you fail to take
your fi nger off the trigger, or reset
the safety, or if a piece of clothing or
gear intrudes into the trigger guard,
you might inadvertently fi re the
pistol. While holstering, if you feel
resistance, stop and fi gure out what's
going on. Never slam the gun into
the holster.
One other note: Carrying concealed
means dressing around the
gun. It's a trade-off between concealment
and access. Maintaining a concealed-carry
lifestyle requires some
creativity in how to dress while providing
access to your fi rearm. And,
while drawing from concealment
may be slower or more awkward than
drawing from open carry, with time,
practice and thoughtful clothing
selection, your skill and confi dence
level will improve.
Maybe then you'll be ready to go
up against Marshal Dillon.
Photo: Michael Ives

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