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Raw Pistol Training: Surreptitious Draw

Something different in today’s pistol drills. This is a hidden, slow, deliberate, surreptitious draw from concealment to then engage a criminal who is perpetrating violence or deadly force on someone else.

It’s interesting trying to draw one-handed, slowly, and without telltale body movements that might attract a criminal’s attention.

Raw Training: Multi-target Pistol Drills

Warts, misses, and all. Here I’m just working at 10 yards on a couple of 8″ steel plates, doing multi-target drills from concealment with my EDC rig. It’s raw, so plenty of misses and such.

I like working a lot of these kinds of simple drills, drawing from a concealed holster to put accurate hits on target quickly. It doesn’t always go perfectly, which is why we call it training. Aim is to get better over time.

Simple Shoulder-Switch Drill

This is a simple manipulation drill I do every time I train with my rifle, just to reinforce the fundamentals of changing sides with my tools. I make sure to keep things simple, only 2 hand position changes (and not shuffling around on the rifle), and toggle the selector switch before and after each change.

Twenty-Five Yards From Concealment

Today I was targeting a little 6″ circle at 25 yards for time, from concealment. I like doing this drill both as a competence checkup and as a technique-building drill. I do it at least twice a month for 100-200 rounds.

I typically hit at about 1.45 to 1.6 seconds, but that’s on a 10″ target. Today’s 6″ plate was more of a challenge!

Never Holster an Unloaded Pistol

If your pistol is in a holster, make sure that it is ALWAYS loaded and chambered. If it is not loaded and chambered DO NOT put it in a holster. Your failure to follow this simple rule and advisable system will almost certainly get you or someone else killed.

This means at home, at the gun range, in a firearms class, …everywhere: if your pistol is unloaded, DO NOT put it in a holster. Only holster a loaded-and-chambered pistol.

Five Positions at 25 Yards

This is a drill I run at least ever other week. I like to keep up my familiarity with defending from compromised positions.

As you can see, it’s not all rainbows, unicorns, and bacon chocolate. Training is messy business when you’re exploring your limits. Lots of misses means lots more training!