One of the most basic of fundamental…no, essential…combative shooting skills is to be able to draw quickly and smoothly from a concealed holster and get a solid hit. Doing so requires training, concentration and practice; and while the faster the better, one should only go as fast as they can reliably hit. This should be accomplished in 2 seconds, regardless of what position you are in (standing, sitting, kneeling, seated, bent over), 1.5 seconds would be even better. Since few of us can walk around with guns in our hands, it is quite likely that the fight will start with a concealed draw, so learning how to accomplish this efficiently is essential.
But what happens once the fight is over, once the threat has passed? The truth is, I never cease to be amazed when shooters try to reholster their handguns, particularly when a concealing garment is in the way. Amazed might not be the right word… frightened would be a more appropriate. I think the word “tragedy” would certainly include a police officer or legally armed citizen who fights hard to prevail in a fight only to shoot his or her own body while trying to reholster their handgun.
As everyone knows, the fastest draw is not an accumulation of herky-jerky, spastic muscle manipulation, but smooth motor skills that lack unnecessary motion. The hand travels straight to the gun, acquires a solid shooting grip while releasing any retention devices, lifts the gun from the holster pouch, orients same to the target and then drives straight forward with the capability of firing a shot anywhere along the chest/target line that may be required based on the suspect’s actions and proximity.
One of the most basic of fundamental…no, essential…combative shooting skills is to be able…
by Paul Markel / May 1, 2010