Setting Up Drill for Training the Draw
Now as best shown in the video, have them grab the pistol where they are “high on the pistol” that is the middle finger is pressed high into the trigger guard and the thumb is over the site on top of the slide. This is a desirable position to start grabbing the pistol because when the thumb becomes inside it is more inclined to grab cloth, skin, fat etcetera making it difficult to establish a grip. Generally speaking for concealed carry the best way to draw the gun is to have the thumbs over sights and the thumb will “pop” over to that flag position as soon as the gun clears the brim of the pants (or is withdrawn from the holster).
Make sure the index finger is high slide, that is, up along the slide region well away from the trigger guard area. Not only should the finger be off the trigger but completely out of the trigger guard so if there’s any involuntary contraction from the finger it will in no way work its way into the trigger guard and press the trigger under any circumstance.
Now instruct the students to withdraw the pistol and start to work the muzzle away from the body. As soon as the pistol is withdrawn instruct the students to “pop” their thumb from on top of the sites over to the side in that high flag position as they have done numerous times before every time they have established their grip.
Now instruct them to very soon get the support hand engaged to the trigger guard of the pistol in that consistent position where the upper surface of the index finger is engaging that inner corner area of the trigger guard (their set point as noted above), and have them simply establish the same grip establishment as they have before and punch out on target. At this point this should be very familiar, having already completed hundreds of reps of presenting and hitting the target with a good natural point of aim. Of course this can be done on far targets utilizing the sites, but either way this is the beginning of grip establishment with the introduction of drawing the pistol.
Be sure to watch for the support hand not being flagged in front of the muzzle when they’re establishing their grip. When the support hand comes from the chest portion of their body and works towards the trigger guard of the pistol, make sure it does not take a path in front of the muzzle.
The draw should be very fluid. They can start very slow and smoothly, minimizing their movement and if you have mirrors it’s not a bad idea to get in front of the mirror and make sure they’re not shrugging their shoulders or having any unnecessary tension upon engaging in their draw stroke.
Normally this will take a full block whereas the EDDs may take a little longer today, not because you directed them to be, but the natural motivation will pull them to keep doing the drills, additionally they may enjoy the individual coaching as they are starting the class. The physiology piece may take a little bit of time and they may have a few questions on the grip and grip establishment with the draw. It may take some time for them to feel comfortable with the muzzle pointed into their groin area and the students may ask if they are violating the rule of pointing out something they’re not willing to destroy. This is why the firearm rules need a bit of common sense because at times when the pistol is holstered it will be pointed in not the most desirable locations such as the testes of the male carrying appendix. However, it’s not a bad idea to bring in an appendix holster and show them how the trigger guard is covered and how the pistol sits in appendix carry and demonstrate various practical positions such as seated, standing, taking a knee etcetera and how at times a pistol may indeed be pointed at vital areas. However a pistol owner has to build substantive confidence that when the trigger guard is covered with any reputable pistol it will not go off. Therefore, this is a good block for them to build substantive confidence in the beginnings of a draw with an inert SIRT pistol. If you have holsters such as sheath sticky holsters that’s great. You can use those. But if you don’t have that investment tucking the SIRTs into your waistband will suffice as long as you clearly explain in context they would use a holster eventually in their training and of course with a live fire pistol.