Straight On, Straight In

I’ve been focusing on this lately: Gun out of holster, goes level in target direction, moves to extension in a straight line. That line doesn’t have to be a level one, it just needs to be straight. I don’t personally pull the gun to a strict pectoral/number two position before extension usually. I level and extend from where it comes out of the holster.

I stress that level gun a lot. You want to be able to take a shot at any point from the holster to extension. You may have to if the attacker is close or closing. You won’t always start shooting from that position but you want to be able to if you need to.

So…level gun in-line with the target and extended level to final shot/shooting position.

A lot of you do that. What I’m asking you is do you practice to do that from anything other than a forward direction?

When you draw, you don’t want to sweep someone around you who’s not a target. If you have to draw without being able to turn to face the attacker you’re drawing to, you need to be able to level the gun in a different direction at the same time you move it in a vertical plane to get it on-line to the shot.

If you haven’t practiced that, you may not do it. If you haven’t practiced that, you may end up leveling to the front and then having to turn the gun horizontally to the direction of the attack. Depending on where you’re at and what and who is around you or very close to you, that could be a problem you don’t need and don’t have to have.

So while you’re practicing the drawstroke–dry-practice or live fire, doesn’t matter–take some time, set yourself up facing some direction away from the target (when I’m doing it in detail I do an eight-direction series) and look at what it takes to get the gun level and onto target that way.

Don’t always do this square-on…you may not have a chance to get that way before you have to shoot.

Be ready for it.

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