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FEATURE | SWEEPING DQ

A seated shooter's body arrangement is
totally different. The holster is in the same
place, but there will be a couple feet of hips
and legs forward of the gun, especially if the
lower legs are splayed to the side or pointed
forward. That's a lot of body that can be
swept on a shooter's normal draw.
In fact, if a right-handed shooter focuses
on a target to their left side for their first shot
(or a southpaw chooses a right-side target)
their normal draw stroke/presentation to the
target will inevitably sweep their lower body.
This is an immediate DQ-and it's happened
many times.
Veteran shooters are aware of the "trap"
and will change their drawstroke for a seated
start. One technique (if possible with the target
array) is to engage wide targets on the gun
side first. This will direct the muzzle away from
the lower body on the draw/presentation. If
the COF layout is such that the shooter has
to address cross-body targets first, the same

Savvy shooters beat the seated draw
"trap" by drawing the gun to the outside of the body.

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draw stroke applies-present the gun outward
from the holster side until it hits shoulder level
and then swing it over the body to the crossbody targets. It can add a second to the first
shot, but it beats going home early.

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OPENING A DOOR. It's not uncommon
in any of the action disciplines
(although more common in IDPA) for a
shooter to begin the COF by facing a closed
door. At the BEEP they open the door and
proceed through it to engage the target array.
Sometimes these doorways are equipped
with a doorknob that must be turned, or sans
doorknob and require only a push.
This is another clever "Sweep Trap."
The normal inclination at the BEEP is for the
shooter to initiate the draw while the support hand moves to open the door. As the
gun clears the holster and the muzzle moves
up and forward, at the same time the support hand moves upward to the door, and the

Next, bring the gun up and above the
body to assume a proper firing grip before bringing the gun onto the target.

This lengthens your first shot time,
but certainly beats going home early
because of a disqualification.


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