The concealed draw is the last of the basics I have chosen to write about. The reason is, the draw is much easier to show than it is to describe. Michael Seeklander describes the drawing technique the best. A few things to keep in mind.
- Keep your eyes on the target at all times.
- Dry practice the draw repeatedly.
- Always make sure your holster is clear of obstructions like strings and other objects when reholstering.
You have likely heard the term “slow is smooth and smooth is fast”. What that means is go slow and build the correct neural pathways, otherwise known as muscle memory. The more you do the draw correctly the faster you will be able to do it without prior thought. At which point, you will have a smooth and fast concealed draw.
If you rush the draw before you have built the neural pathways correctly. The more mistakes you will make during the draw process. This will cause you to build the wrong pathways. As a result, you will likely make mistakes under the pressure of a violent attack. Remember to build the pathway first, the speed will come once every time you draw it is done correctly.
A Sweep & Grip
The concealed draw requires both hands to move at the same time and you need to have the same firm grip you will use to shoot. .
- Your off-hand will sweep the bottom of your shirt bringing it up to around chest level.
- Your main hand will get a high grip on the firearm. The goal here is to make sure your grip does not need to be adjusted once the firearm leaves the holster.
Both hands should work together as one fluid motion. Your off-hand will stay at the chest level. This will allow you to form a proper grip as you punch the firearm out towards the target.
Draw the firearm from the holster. As soon as the muzzle clears the holster. Rotate the muzzle towards the threat or target.
A key point is to make sure the muzzle does not point at any point of your body and that your off-hand is clear of the muzzle. You will also need to make sure your finger stays outside the trigger guard and off the trigger. The concealed draw can be more complex due to the clothing and the need use both hands in the draw process.
Bring the Firearm to the Target
Next, you will bring the firearm up to your mid chest, while keeping it pointed towards the threat the entire time.
Bring your off-hand off your chest to meet the firearm and form your two-handed grip as you punch out toward the threat.
As you punch the firearm forward your sights should line up to your eyes and to the target. Allowing you to line up your shot during the draw.
Your finger should stay on the frame of the firearm until you have identified the target, lined up the shot, and you are ready to shoot.
The concealed draw has a couple of variations.
Instead of grabbing from the bottom of your shirt you can grab it and pull it up from the side above the holster.
Another option would be to grab your shirt with your main hand and bring it up to your off-hand.
The only difference between the concealed draw and a normal draw is the need to grab your shirt to gain access to your firearm.