One of the things that both beginners and seasoned shooters need to be careful of is drawing from a holster. Not only do speed and timing play a huge role in this. But also, it takes a lot of care and precision to ensure the firearm comes out cleanly, and doesn’t latch onto anything by accident.
The problem is, many shooting ranges don’t allow shooters to pull from a holster. And this can be a real obstacle, considering that many shooters don’t have anywhere safe to practice except for the range. And, without the right technique and practice, drawing from a holster can be a real difficult art form to master.
Luckily, there’s a savvy way to ensure you get enough practice on your draw stroke – even when the local range doesn’t allow it.
Plus, let’s face it. You don’t need to be a professional shooter to recognize that the shooting range does not depict an accurate representation of a real-life scenario. In fact, when it comes down to it, the shooting range is just about as realistic to real-life defense as playing a video game is to spending time in actual combat.
Not to mention, the shooting range can actually deter shooters from reaching their real-life potential. And it can place limitations on important facets of training that no one should overlook.
Now, if you find a range that allows you to move from the holster to firing your handgun in one full-range motion, you’re one of the lucky ones. Unfortunately, most ranges don’t offer this luxury.
So, for the rest of the shooters out there, it’s important to recognize that the local range still offers benefits to training. Even if it doesn’t allow drawing from a holster.
For instance, even in an environment with strict limitations, handgun shooters can still practice a good amount of draw stroke. And they can even do this by following the house rules.
As the video below explains, there’s a secret to doing this successfully. And that’s to punch out before every shot. If you’re able to press the handgun from the chest and out, with the arms straight in front of you, that’s 50 percent of the draw stroke.
Heck, you can even argue that punching out is even more than 50 percent of the draw stroke. After all, the shooter is consistently bringing back the handgun to that natural aiming point. Not to mention, they can still gain a quick and accurate sight picture.
And, by punching out every time at a range – even when they don’t allow you to draw from the holster – that practice is what’s going to keep you on your A-game if a defense situation arises.
When it comes down to it, ranges that allow shooters to draw and fire from the holster are the best bet. However, this punching out technique makes it possible for shooters to stay on their game, while following range rules. Plus, it means there’s no excuses to not be ready for anything.