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Concealed Carry Draw Techniques

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Concealed Carry Draw Techniques



For all too many concealed carry holders, training simply consists of going to the range, setting up a target and shooting at it from various distances while standing upright. This is an excellent place to start when new to shooting, testing a new firearm, or practicing to obtain a permit. Ideally, every training session should include basic marksmanship practice, but it is a small part of CCW training overall. Almost of equal importance is proper concealed carry draw technique. Practicing the right method to draw from concealment will increase your speed and help to ensure your safety and the safety of others in critical situations.


Slow is Smooth

The recommendation from top instructors across the nation is to practice drawing from concealment and presenting your firearm routinely.


In the early stages, start slowly so that you are conscious of each step in the process:


  • Reach for your handgun.
  • Grab it with a firm grip.
  • Keep your trigger finger outside of the trigger guard.
  • Make sure that the muzzle is pointed in a safe direction.
  • Extend your hand to a firing position.
  • Bring your non-shooting hand over for support.
  • Obtain a sight picture on your target.
  • Place your finger on the trigger.
  • Fire the pistol.


This may seem slow and monotonous, and it should. Practice this concealed carry draw technique from as many different shooting positions as possible. As you practice, be sure to take it slowly, almost as if you are exaggerating each step—but do so in a way that the movements become fluid. Performing each movement slowly and consciously will allow you to enhance your muscle memory and tweak any areas that need work for the perfect draw.


Smooth is Fast


When a concealed carry permit holder finds themselves in a stressful life or death situation, they will not rise to some high level of competence. Instead, stress and adrenaline will overload the body and thought processes. Fine motor skills go out the window, hastily thought out plans will be forgotten, and the CCW holder will fall back to whatever their level of training is. In critical situations, we will act reflexively and instinctively.


After hundreds of repetitions in practice, each of the steps in the draw technique described above will become faster. What we are building here is muscle memory and training ourselves for the proper draw from concealment to be as quick as a reflex. Practice, practice, practice.


Drawing From Under a Garment


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Typically, most people do not walk around with an exposed handgun. The key to concealed carry is concealment. Even in warm weather, a light cover garment such as a wind breaker or a button down shirt is ideal to add a layer of concealment. Depending upon your holster type and attire, you may need to draw from beneath a jacket. Like everything related to responsible concealed carry, we recommend that you incorporate these technique into your training.


If your garment is open, there are two main draw techniques: the “HK” technique and the “Hook” technique. There are others, but this is a good place to begin your practice.


  • The HK Technique: Place your shooting hand on your chest and drag your fingers down across your torso with the palm facing your body. Brush the garment back with your fingers as the hand travels in a downward motion. Then quickly grab your handgun and proceed through the basic draw steps detailed above.
  • The Hook Technique: As implied in the name, this draw technique requires you to make a hook shape with your shooting hand. Pull back the jacket near the grip of your gun. With the garment pulled back, you can access your weapon.


While a closed garment may result in slower access to the handgun, it usually provides greater concealment. The basic clearing technique for a close garment is a little trickier, requiring the use of both hands. There are one-handed techniques, but these are difficult for beginners to master.


  • The Hackathorn Rip: Reach across your body with your support hand to rapidly pull the concealment garment above your handgun and holster. Be sure you grab the garment from the back and not the front, as grabbing from the front may not provide enough clearance above the holster to access your weapon. With the garment raised, grip the handgun and keep holding the garment with your support hand until the weapon is fully drawn (to avoid catching mid-draw).


We typically keep a spare magazine or speed loader in the main pocket that needs to clear the holstered handgun. A set of keys or even a large ball bearing can be used for the same affect by adding weight to keep the garment clear when you execute your draw.


Final Concealed Carry Draw Tips


Proper concealed carry draw techniques are more important than shooting speed. If you do not get this right, you start off at a greater disadvantage in a gun fight. Never do anything in training that is unnecessary. When training for a potential life threatening situation, every second of that session should be devoted to performing tasks that will one day save your life or the lives of your loved ones. Take your practice seriously, and always be mindful of safety and surroundings.


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