Standing at the range and shooting at a target with your gun already out and in position is one way to improve your accuracy, but you have to admit that it’s a little unrealistic.
Because in an actual self-defense situation your gun wouldn’t already be out and pointing at your target…it would be tucked into your holster.
If you’re faced with that type of situation and you’ve never practiced for it, your safety could be in danger if you can’t do it fast enough or accurate enough.
That’s why it makes sense that some people also practice drawing their gun while they’re at the range.
Unfortunately, not that many shooting ranges these days allow their users to practice the full motion. They require your gun to already be out and pointing at the target.
It’s not so much the range’s fault as it is the liability that comes from our legal system that’s all too happy to sue over any little thing.
So what should you do if you want to practice your draw but your range won’t allow you to draw from your holster?
According to pro shooter Mark Redl, the answer is to practice your draw away from the range…but there’s an important point you have to remember.
He says the key to practicing away from the range is “consistency”. Consistency can be a scary word for some people, but it makes sense…
If you aren’t able to shoot at your target afterwards and know how you’re doing, you at least have to be consistent and do it the same way every time.
Here’s how Mark Redl recommends shooters to draw their gun from their holster:
When he draws the gun, he brings it to the center of his chest and presses it very close to his chest. His left and right hand meet in the center and get situated on the gun while still holding it close to his chest. Only then does he punch out to the target and take aim.
Since this allows you to do it the same way every time, the only thing that will change is where you aim at after your draw cycle is complete.
This is a much better way of doing it than drawing your gun, starting to aim with one hand, and then finally getting the other hand on the gun like so many people do.
Of course, if you’re one of the lucky people who has access to a range that allows you to draw from your holster, you should be thankful that you’ve found such an awesome shooting range and can practice normally.