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How to Practice Drawing Your Concealed Carry Weapon, and Why You Should

Updated on June 29, 2015

Why is it Important?

Many people are under the impression that concealed carriers are people who grew up around guns. The reality is concealed carry permit holders aren't necessarily expert gun users. People have a whole host of different reasons for carrying a concealed weapon. Some carry just to express their 2nd Amendment right, while others might live in a dangerous neighborhood and fear for personal safety. It could be a newly single mother who wants the means to protect her family, and the list goes on.

These groups are often new to guns, especially concealed carrying. They still have to get used to things like the feel of a gun in their hand, the weight of the gun in their holster, what it feels like to pull the trigger, and what recoil feels like. Most people will head to the gun range for some practice and instruction, but the importance of drawing a weapon proficiently often gets overlooked.

New carriers often obsess over accuracy and completely ignore practicing their draw. Accuracy is important, but you can only hit the target if you get your weapon out in time. Drawing your weapon at the range is 100% different than drawing from concealment in a real life situation. Keep reading to learn how you should practice drawing for maximum preparedness.

Drawing from concealment is more difficult than this

Body Position

Are you standing up? Sitting down? Driving a vehicle? These positions and many more will completely change your drawing motion. It is important to practice drawing from you holster in different positions outside of the gun range. If you ever need to use your concealed carry, chances are it won't be at the gun range.

Next time you're at the gun range ask around to find some good methods on how to draw from different positions. You might be surprised at the real life experiences your instructors or peers can share with you.

Trigger Safety

Many concealed carriers struggle with keeping their fingers off the trigger while drawing. It is a very unsafe habit and people have shot themselves in the leg due to poor trigger discipline. You can safely practice trigger discipline during your draw by putting dummy rounds in the firearm. Eventually, you should be able to smoothly draw your gun and get into the firing position while keeping your finger straight and off the trigger. A concealed carry is meant for self defense, don't shoot yourself in the foot. Pun intended.

Drawing From Your Concealed Carry Holster

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Not everyone can live in San Diego, so most of us will go through wardrobe changes as the seasons change. It can be a pain to learn how to draw efficiently for each season, but you better believe it's worth it. Criminals operate at all times of the year.

You might think drawing from summer time clothing would be a cinch, but there are some challenges. Finding clothing that can adequately conceal your firearm while being cool enough for the summer time can be challenging.

Responding to a threat during the wintertime will be difficult if you only practice drawing during flip-flop weather. Winter clothing is bulkier and harder to move while drawing from concealment. Practice with the gloves and jackets you wear to truly be prepared at all times. Remember, safety is paramount. Use blanks or dummy rounds when you are experimenting with your draw.

Draw Speed

Being able to draw your weapon with some speed can be the half second between life and death. You don't need to be prepared for a gun duel in the middle of some dusty town, but quickness is important. For instance, there might be a situation where the criminal already has their weapon drawn. You don't want to put yourself at a further disadvantage with a snail-paced draw. Unlike the drawing from an open carry holster you will have to sweep aside any clothing, which can add precious seconds if you're not prepared. Watch the video below to learn a few different methods of drawing your concealed weapon quickly.

Drawing from Concealment


The last thing you have to worry about is reloading your firearm. This step is mostly overlooked by concealed carriers, and usually only practiced by shooting competitors. Now, will you ever get into a gunfight that requires more than a few rounds for self-defense? Probably not. Do you not use your seat-belt because it's unlikely you will ever get into a serious crash? Let's hope not. It is always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. Become proficient at ejecting an empty magazine, drawing a spare, reloading, and chambering a round.

Now that you have a basic understand of why and how you should practice drawing, can you think of any ways to become more proficient at drawing from concealment? If you do please leave them in the comments below.


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