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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?

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!

The GunLife Coach

Stephen D. Powell

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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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Travesty! America’s Sheriff Mark Lamb on the Terror of the Southern Border

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR GUN TYPE?

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Do you Know your Gun Type?

There are so many TYPES of handguns out there aren’t there?

If you are new to shooting or only have handled one or two; you may not be aware of all the different types of handguns that are available!

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It can be kind of confusing with all the levers and switches and although they all have barrels and triggers some function very differently than the others!

Today, I’m going to break the most popular types of handguns that are used across the country for competition, concealed carry/home defense, law enforcement and the military or just for recreation.

Handgun Types – Most Popular

  • Derringers
  • Hammerless or Snubnose Double Action Revolvers
  • Double Action / Single Action Revolvers
  • •Single Action Only Semi Automatics
  • •Double Action/Single Action Semi Automatics
  • •Striker Fired Semi Automatics

Understand that this video is not an exhaustive review; there are other reputable Gun manufacturers and models out there.

This is just my take on the most popular and most used and abused and have stayed in the fight long enough.

Conversely, due to my experience on the ranges I’ve seen some doozies of some models that just don’t run or don’t run well. I’d recommend sticking with the top 10 gun manufacturers (in my opinion):

Manufacturers

Glock – Striker

Sig Sauer – DA/SA DAO/ SAO & Striker

Hk – DA/SA DAO and Striker

Smith & Wesson – Revolvers & Striker •Springfield Armory – Striker

CZ – striker Fired Most Popular

FNH – DA & Striker

Colt – 1911’s & Revolvers

Kimber -1911’s

Ruger -Revolvers

Choose wisely my friends! Go to a range; ask your friends and family, get some training and test drive some until you find the one that is right for you!

Don’t forget to follow me on FB/IG and subscribe here on YouTube! And checkout my new site www.thegunlifecoach.com

That’s all I got for you today! Evolve Your Skills and Evolve Yourself!

 

Stephen D. Powell ~The GunLife Coach

 

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