Springfield Tactical Shooters

USPSA Club IL10 - Area 5

Serving Sangamon County and the surrounding Counties within Central Illinois

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There are a number of different draw-and-fire styles. This style is simple and basic, something to get you started. As you practice, think about water. Smooth, flowing motion, economy of motion, direct movement, and focus on the FRONT SIGHT.

This description is based on a .45 automatic in a strong side holster. Revolver users need to make changes as necessary.

GRIP... Your gun hand approaches the stock from above. It grips the pistol in a full firing grip. The thumb rests on the safety. The trigger finger is OUTSIDE the holster, parallel to the slide, ready to point at the target.

At the same time your other (weak) hand moves into the GRAB position: forearm horizontal, fingers cupped, ready to mate with gun hand. Keep this hand clear of the path of the gun.

CLEAR... The gun is drawn up out of the holster until the muzzle just clears. You can feel the energy being stored in the shoulder, like the winding of a spring.

POINT... Your eyes are focused on the target. Now point your extended trigger finger at the target. Your shoulder drops, releasing energy as the gun punches DIRECTLY at the target. (No bowling) Meanwhile, back at your other (weak) hand...

SMACK & CLICK... Your other hand travels out and up from below to meet the gun hand. Make sure that the moving gun NEVER points at your weak hand. They smack together and interlock into a solid two-handed grip. Thumb flicks safety down (off) and (1) rests on it or (2) continues down. (This is determined by the size of your hand. If option one gives you erratic performance of the grip safety, then try option two. In both cases one thumb is captured by the other thumb.)

SIGHT... Gun moves to eye level and the eyes shift focus from target to front sight to obtain the flash sight picture. The front sight is in sharp focus, the target behind it is fuzzy. The center of the first pad of your trigger finger rests on the trigger.

SURPRISE BREAK... While you are focused on the front sight, your trigger finger presses rearward. When the gun fires it should be a surprise. If not, you blew the shot. Continue to focus on your front sight. You want to line it up for the next shot. Avoid the desire to peer over the sights at the target (and miss).

THE RANGE READY POSITION... Take your finger off the trigger and return it to the “pointer” position on the frame. Flick the safety ON as you lower the gun. Thumb rests on top of safety. Grip remains the same; pressure eases. Break at the elbows and bring your upper arms in until they rest against your chest. Your forearms and gun are level. The gun points downrange into the berm. You can move in this position (muzzle always pointed safely downrange) and rapidly raise the gun to fire.

GETTING SMOOTH... Speed comes from smooth motions. Smooth motions come from economy of motion. All surplus movement is eliminated. The gun moves from holster to “on target” with no wasted effort. To learn and practice this, watch yourself while you draw in slow motion. Examine and experiment with each segment of the draw. Eliminate all waste and unsafe movements. Soon you’ll begin to feel a smooth flow of movement. You can do this at home without firing a round.

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