Drawing from concealment is one of those things that everyone needs to continually practice. I like to work at 20 feet on an 8×10-inch steel plate, but I will also practice on paper when I want the target to move. My personal standard is 1.5 seconds and while this does not sound like a particularly difficult time to many, I hold myself to this same standard regardless of whether the target is moving, I am moving or both at the same time. Trust me, trying to hit an 8×10-inch rectangle while it is wobbling back and forth while moving laterally and drawing from concealment takes time and effort. If one does not continually work on the skill, it will perish quickly. At the same time, I continually look for ways to aid my performance, particularly by trying and testing new holsters. I am a big proponent of strong side belt carry and I constantly evaluate carry rigs for this location. While testing one of the rigs I report on in this column, I was being watched by another shooter who finally walked over and engaged me in conversation.
He was impressed with my fast times (consistently in the 1.0- to 1.10-second region from concealment), but wasn’t impressed with my “skimpy little holster.” His thoughts were that, “it wasn’t a good idea to use a holster that is not IDPA approved. They know what is needed for concealed carry. You don’t! Using a skimpy holster in an effort to be faster is dumb (emphasis mine). Stick with approved holsters…it’s safer.” I answered that being able to draw and hit quickly under a wide variety of circumstances is a good thing. I constantly look for ways to enhance my performance. This holster does this.
Drawing from concealment is one of those things that everyone needs to continually practice.…
by Rich Grassi / May 1, 2007