Sunday, August 29, 2010

Range Practice

One of the things that Tara and I do out at the range is practice presenting from the holster.  A wise man (well, actually a couple) drilled it into my head that the first step in proper grip begins while the gun is still holstered.  Getting a good hold on the gun while it's still holsters ensures that you won't have to do any last minute juggling while trying to find your sight picture.

You'll notice in the videos that both Tara and I keep our off hands close to our bodies while drawing from the holster.  The reason for that is so that we don't inadvertently cross ourselves with the muzzle.

Also, you'll see in my video that there's what looks like a slight hesitation before I bring my gun up.  What I'm doing at that time is verifying my target before I bring the gun up into my line of sight.  In competition you can hardly notice the hesitation and my draw looks more fluid, but it's pretty pronounced during practice time when I'm trying to be slow and methodical.

Tara's draw is smoother, without the hesitation (well, it's there, it's just much less noticeable than mine).  However, you'll notice right at the very end of the video that the gun doesn't fit her hand very well and she has to readjust her off hand.  This is her son's gun and his hands are slightly bigger than hers.  That being said, she shot the feces out of this gun.  For a gun that doesn't fit her hand, she can really drill holes with it.

Here's our mental checklist for presenting from the holster:
  • Right hand to gun, get a good grip
  • Left hand to body
  • Pull gun straight out of the holster
  • Rotate the muzzle so that it's parallel to the ground
  • Add left hand to right on the grip
  • Safety off with right hand, thumb settles on top of left thumb, both thumbs pointing at the target
  • As gun comes up into the line of sight*, the booger hook slips off the frame of the gun into the trigger guard and we're ready to push the bang button.
*Bring the gun up into the line of sight, you should be looking at your target and your gun should come up into your vision.  Don't drop your head down to look for your gun.  You know where your arms are on your body.  You know your gun is securely in your hands.  Therefore if you raise your arms, with the gun in your hands, you will bring the gun up into your sight picture and won't have to go looking for it.


Anonymous said...

Perfect...and perfect practice makes for excellent shooters. When the SHTF you will lose about 50% of fine motor skills and will fall back on EXACTLY what your muscle memory tells you to do. Muscle memory is only gained through repetition...great video.

GunDiva said...

Anon - building muscle memory is precisely why we spend so much time practicing the basics. I've also been known to stand in my bedroom and draw and dry fire at the silouhette (sp) on my wall. Come to think of it, I did much better in competition when I did that before going to bed each night. Ten perfect draws without a hiccup or flinch when pressing the trigger. Sometimes I got it in ten, sometimes it took twelve and on bad nights sometimes it took twenty tries to get my ten perfect draws (they didn't have to be ten in a row - otherwise I'd still be upstairs drawing and dry firing in my bedroom).

brian said...

The videos are sort of mesmerizing.

I love the euphemism too: "presenting" the weapon. Ya mean pointing at the bad guy? :)

Also, I think you forgot a step. If I were pull my S&W .357, I'd have to shout threatening expletives at the same time--just like they do in the movies.

Y'all look too calm and poised :)

Linda Medrano said...

Very nice! Very smooth. And, like you say, practice, practice, practice!

Rachel said...

I am dying at Brian's comment. What is it with the "B" men in our lives being such smart alecs?

GunDiva said...

Ah, but we love them anyway, Rach.