Common Deficiencies and Diagnosing Issues
You will see some of these technique deficiencies:
SUPPORT HAND CHASING PISTOL
Be sure to pay attention to “support hand chasing the gun.” This refers to when the support hand slaps on upon full extension. It is extremely difficult to maintain any kind of reliable grip when the support hand comes on late during the presentation of the gun. Advise them to get the support hand on early in the draw process. The upper surface of the index finger of the non dominant hand finds the inner corner of the trigger guard as soon as possible.
Something seen commonly in institutional type training, particularly with the draw, is artificial pauses and stops, throughout the draw process. These are extremely hard to iron out down the road. The draw process should be one fluid motion that is as simple as throwing a punch or a kick. Make sure that no students get the artificial pauses of getting the hands of the gun and pausing, retracting and pausing, orientating the gun forward and pausing, presenting out and pausing, then prepping the trigger and pausing and then breaking the shot. It should all be one fluid motion where all the corners are rounded out.
CASTING (like a fishing pole)
Another thing to pay attention to is excessive casting. Casting is where the front sight is raised excessively high when presenting a gun. Similar to ‘casting’ a fishing pole. A slight amount of cast, depending on the wrist flexibility where the front sights are just a little bit above the rear sight upon presentation, may be helpful, if not physiologically necessary based on the mobility of the wrist. In other words, the sights don’t have to be completely aligned right in front of their face and presented out. However, excessive casting where, for example, the gun is up 35-45 degrees and then dropped down, tends to waste movement and to create an oscillation-like effect as it comes down into place and it makes it very difficult to align the muzzle. Casting is a lot of wasted movement of the pistol upon presentation.
Have them stand in front of a mirror and pay attention that they’re not “chicken winging” their arms out or doing other unnecessary movements like shrugging their shoulders. Also make sure that their initial grip on the gun is solid where they are high on the gun. It is important that they’re not just grabbing low on the handle or fidgeting and re-gripping the gun after it comes out, popping their thumb over, and the base of the thumb area is high on the tang of the pistol.
RE-CHECK OTHER FUNDAMENTALS–
When they’re integrating the draw, remember that they’re getting reps and essentially working on their other fundamentals. Their stance should be proper. You may have to do a recheck on that as far as a jump and land in place or a quick athletic stance left-right drill. (Note: When they run into position and draw that might remedy a bit of stance issues too.