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HOW TO SAFELY DRAW AND HOLSTER YOUR FIREARM

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ShastaDefense.com classes, provide instruction in the proper drawing and holstering of a firearm. In the full course, the range live fire exercises incorporate drawing and holstering. Also, potential dangers of holstering are addressed.

WARNING: DRAWING AND HOLSTERING A FIREARM CAN BE DANGEROUS WITH RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH. You must seek proper instruction and training.

STEP 1
Obtain full firing grip on gun. High hand grip.
1911 Safety is still ON  (i.e., 1911 is  "locked").
Trigger finger is straight and indexed on the outside of the holster.
Support hand is indexed flat on abdomen.
 

STEP 2

Lift gun straight up until it just clears the top of the holster.
1911 Safety is still ON (i.e., 1911 is "locked").

Trigger finger is still straight and is indexed on the frame of the gun.

Support hand is still indexed flat on abdomen.
STEP 3
Gun hand elbow is lowered (drops) to orient the gun muzzle directly towards the target.
1911 Safety is still  ON (i.e., 1911 is "locked").
Trigger finger is still straight and is indexed on the frame of the gun.
Support hand is still indexed flat on abdomen.
STEP 4
The gun hand and the support hand meet together and form proper grip. This may be approximately at the center of your body so when gun is driven forward, the dominant eye, sights and target naturally are in line. You will have to find your index point.
The gun is driven towards the target. Note: The gun's muzzle does not cover or sweep any part of your body during the drawing or holstering process.
1911 Safety is now turned OFF (disengaged) once both hands come together.
Trigger finger is still straight and is  indexed on the frame of the gun.
Both hands drive the gun straight out towards the target.
STEP 5
Gun is at eye level.
DO NOT place your finger on the Trigger until you have decided to actually fire the gun at that exact moment, then PRESS the trigger and focus on front sight.
When you have decided to stop firing, your trigger finger must immediately be taken off the trigger, and indexed on the frame of the gun.
STEP 6
Gun is brought back to a high compressed retention ready position.
Trigger finger is still OFF trigger and  indexed on the frame of the gun.
Scan and assess (turn head left and right) - situational awareness for threats and other good guys to avoid mistaken identity shooting, break tunnel vision, etc... .
Safety is now turned back on to "safe" (i.e., 1911 is "locked"). If your gun has a decock, you would do such procedure at this stage (making sure your gun is pointed in a safe direction.).
STEP 7

Support hand is indexed flat on abdomen.

Trigger finger is still OFF trigger

Trigger finger is indexed on frame of gun, and as gun is holstered,  trigger finger will become indexed on outside of holster. Do not allow trigger finger to enter holster.
Maintain full firing grip as you holster. Use one-handed holstering. Trigger finger is OFF trigger.
Thumb is over hammer as you holster.
WARNING: BE CERTAIN HOLSTER IS CLEAR OF ANY OBSTRUCTIONS BEFORE HOLSTERING (e.g., loose shirt, jacket, etc...).

Also see: Holster training

Above is introductory in nature. Training should be obtained through and under direct supervision of  a qualified instructor.

 

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