Tactical Tuesday: For those who carry: Transferring back from one place to another, My choice for concealment carry is usually based on the weather. Working in AFG, I don’t worry about concealment, but, in the states, I carry concealed and consider open carry to be your right, but, tactically stupid.
Hot weather can be covered with just a shirt with either a 4 position or an appendix draw. Cold weather is a different story, drawing your pistol from under a winter jacket is very, very slow. The fastest is the simplest, carrying a small handgun in the jacket’s front pocket, but, dangerous with no way to secure the weapon in a hands on situation. Shoulder holsters are good in the winter, fast access, especially from a vehicle or theater/ movie seat. Once again, they are really dangerous in a hands on situation, because the grip is always facing your opponent.
For those in cold climates, what is your choice?
Drawing your pistol when it is covered by clothing, in a bag, or however you personally choose to carry it, is a complex skill and requires a lot of practice. I know it takes longer to run drills from concealment than having a warbelt, OWB holster, etc. But the fact is, that’s probably not how you carry every day. You don’t want to be messing around with your shirt for the first time when you need to draw your pistol quickly.
A common technique for getting clothes out of the way is to extend the thumb of the firing hand, place it under the article of clothing, and use a sweeping motion to ensure that the will not interfere with drawing the pistol. The most important part is that you practice both dry and live fire, with the type of clothing that you wear.
Draw Stroke is the term used to describe the path that the pistol takes from the holster to being fired. This can vary tremendously based on the person and their training, but efficiency and accuracy are key. There are very few people in this world that are fast enough to “outdraw” someone who pulls a gun on them. So instead of working on your quick draw, you may want to consider how you are going to react if you hear gunfire in the building you’re in and work towards drawing the exact same way every time.
Dry fire practice is a great way to increase your draw skills, but remember to focus on consistency and not worry about breaking speed records right off the bat. Speed comes with practice.