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TOP TIPS – Perfecting Your Draw Stroke

How to Skin that SmokeWagon...

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How Do You Skin That SmokeWagon?

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Today’s video is one I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I’ve been fortunate to share How I teach the 4 step draw stroke to thousands of students over the last 25+ years and I’ve condensed it down to a 5 min video to give you enough to work on your own..

I know there are several ways to accomplish a task and this is just my take! There are some awesome instructors and companies out there teaching other variants and I’d encourage you to keep “Evolving Your Skills” to round out your skills!
WAIT A MINUTE:  Maybe you’re not using a strong side hip holster or even an outside or exposed holster.  That’s okay, this draw stroke process can be adapted and utilized in concept and application whether you’re a Inside the waistband, appendix carry type or you have some specialty holster like pocket holsters or the many unconventional holster types for ladies!
So, Enjoy the Video, Stay Tuned and Keep training to win!

Step 1: First, Firm, Firing Grip

I’ve used this phrase because it’s a thorough explanation and a catchy phrase to help my students remember. Firm, handshake grip, Positive control of the gun, keep your fingers indexed on holster and  along side of frame, depress any retention devices, and get that gun OUT!

Step 2: Level Your Gun

Now that you have your hand on that smokewagon! Keep the wrist straight, Get your elbow to a 90 degree angle, cant the top of your gun away from your body so clothing doesn’t interrupt your draw stroke, and kick your thumb out away from your gun which helps clothing not interrupt and sets up your indexing for step 3 and a two handed grip!  (You can fire in Step 2 if needed, FYI, with a level gun and you’re cleared for HOT!! or if you needed to for your own survival or someone else’s.

Step 3: Indexing 

Next, you’re getting that gun in your work space, (mid abdomen to eye level), you want to envelope your gun with your two handed grip. I use thephrase Two Thumbs Toward Target.  This helps me remember my placement on the gun and ensure a solid grip. Now, you’re in a “high compressed ready”. This is where you are keeping the gun and your grip position with the gun close to your torso and it is ready to fire (and you could if need be).

Step 4: Presentation

This last step is the easiest..  This is where you are full on presenting your gun to target, bringing your gun up to your eyes not your eyes down to your gun.
Also, It may be beneficial and I have found this to be true: Bring your arms almost to full extension not completely locked out. This helps us use our elbows as shock absorbers for recoil management, eases fatigue and is much more manageable for movement. Now, Fire when Ready
So, now that the bang has happened and you are finished with your task. Scan your environment, check for additional threats (if this were a life/death event) and just check to see what’s going on around you.

“We Draw Quickly but Holster Reluctantly.” 

Nobody gets a prize for holstering first.. Holster reluctantly.
Reverse the process of your draw stroke to put it away… 4,3,2,1.  So

How We Learn…

Learning this is just like anything else; we all learn by Crawl, Walk, Run.
If you’re new at this don’t beat yourself up over how you may look or if you aren’t as fast as you want to be… If you haven’t practiced this way before and you are re-training, be mindful of your movements. We want to duplicate our success and minimize our misses, even in a draw stroke skill.
You may start off with robotic or jerky movements but those will round out over time. Remember we are wanting to build Correct, Continuous Movements for a solid level of subconscious performance. So, do the things you have to do slowly, slow; and do the things you can do fast, fast. Be Vigilant in your training, and with an unloaded gun you can always practice this at home in your spare time, just be sure to be safe!
Keep Evolving your Skills!
Thank you so much for tuning in, that’s all I got for you today.  Please like, comment and share and be sure to subscribe to my channel!

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Stephen D. Powell is an Air Force veteran with more than 18 years of combined federal, military & civilian law enforcement experience. Powell has been teaching professionally for over 25+years as a firearms Instructor for numerous organizations and agencies rated with the NRA, NM & TX DPS and a Sig Sauer Academy Master Instructor. His company, Patriot Outdoors, Inc, has been operational in the defensive training industry since 2004, starting a thousand acre training facility located in Eastern New Mexico. Patriot has provided crucial and relevant firearms training to DOD and SOCOM, state and local law enforcement and armed citizen students. Over the past several years, Powell has appeared on several Fox News, Sirius XM radio, various regional newspaper, radio and tv shows, promoting military veteran entrepreneurship and patriotism as well as educating the shooting industry on range development, media relations and key second amendment issues. Patriot Outdoors is currently operating out of the Phoenix Valley, Arizona and with a new channel of The GunLife Coach to inspire and motivate other in life and on the range!



 
 
 

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Prepare for the Worst: Domestic Sabotage and Violence on the Horizon

The wheels of extremism are already in motion

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Leading up to this November, and beyond, it now seems inevitable that America will experience extreme turmoil, if not outright hostilities and even urban warfare. Nothing that I write here will have any impact in terms of what is likely to occur. For one, Leftists don’t tend to read articles by conservative and, two, the wheels of extremism are already in motion.

Tactics Without End

I devote at least 500 hours annually to reading about political, historical, and cultural matters, adding up to more than 5,000 hours in the last 10 years. I’ve reached the same conclusion which legions of others have: Domestically the U.S. is headed for huge trouble. We already know many of the Left’s tactics to hinder Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign, which include devious hoaxes, endless lies and slander, bogus lawsuits and selective prosecution, unconstitutional fines, and much more.

As spring leads to summer, Trump’s lead over Biden could grow. As such, expect the Left to act even more desperately with reprehensible tactics. Consider that of late RINO Congressional Representatives are suspiciously retiring early on dates with no chance for a special election to occur in their districts. Hence, Democrats can retake the House. Do you smell payola? Thereafter if Trump is elected, the House could attempt to deny certification.

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By June or July, invariably, the Left will seek to foment another “George Floyd” incident and blame it all on Trump. With the power of The New York Times and major networks embellishing the narrative and offering World War II level coverage, the masses will be snowed. Think about Donald Trump observing that if he’s not elected there will be a bloodbath in the auto industry, and how the mainstream media, in unison, immediately claimed that Trump was calling for nationwide violence.

The Left is Violent and Everyone Knows It

The most violent segment of our society happens to be on the Left, as even many casual observers know. If Trump is ahead in the polls in September or October, expect dissension wherever the Left can prevail. When Trump wins the election in November, expect riots in 200 cities or more, surreptitiously funded by George Soros and his kind.

The money will fuel Antifa and other groups of young men and women who do not have career level jobs but do have questionable futures. The riots will last for as long as the extremists can persist; days, weeks, even months. From there, open warfare, in the form of urban snipers, is entirely possible.

Leading up to inauguration on January 20, many key dates such as certification from Congress, approval of Electoral College votes, and so on, represent key opportunities for the Left’s planned disruptions.

Disruption and Sabotage

January 20 could be a day of extreme violence. Washington, DC will have to be put under martial law. National guards from every surrounding state will be employed. The violent Left will not allow Trump to peacefully take over the reins from the corrupt, demented Joe Biden.

Biden’s administration, ruled by Barack Obama, will not offer a smooth transition of power, unlike all other presidents since our nation was founded. This is except for Obama, who did all he could to sabotage first Trump’s administration from the get-go.

The rest of January leading into February will represent days of turmoil. The Left will attempt to disrupt Trump’s second administration 24/7. They will harass and threaten political appointees. They will form roadblocks. They will resort to antics in front of federal buildings, the Supreme Court building, and other targeted locations which they deem to be ‘in their way.’

Eventually, Trump can clean it all up but at enormous financial and social cost. Rioters and less-than-peaceful protestors can be taken off the streets and, this time, held for much more than 24 hours. They can be charged, fingerprinted, photographed, and processed by a now lawful Department of Justice . However, such major operations will result in a lot of pain and gnashing of teeth.

Sadly for our nation, the scenarios above are more likely to be true than not.

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Food Truck Granny Shoots Armed Robber Dead

Bam! Bam! “Say hi to Jesus when you get there!”

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Better watch out who you are trying to rob. One food truck owner – a grandmother – gave an armed robber a quick look at the business end of her pistol.

Bam! Bam! “Say hi to Jesus when you get there!”

According to the Daily Mail, “Keshondra Howard Turner, 53, was cooking around 1pm inside the ‘Elite Eats and Cold Treats’ truck in a Houston parking lot when a 23-year-old man drove up alongside the vehicle.”

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The man tried to fire the gun when they tried to close the window, but it jammed. According to the Daily Mail, “The gun jammed, which was when Turner, who is licensed to carry a handgun, drew her own weapon and shot the man several times. The young man took a few steps back from the truck before collapsing about 50 feet away, which was where authorities found him and pronounced him dead.”

Here is the news video on the story from Fox 26 Houston:

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