Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mechanics Of The Draw - Step 5 - Press

By Dave Dargo

In the previous entry I described the "slap" step of the draw-stroke.

Katie Demonstrates Step 5 - Press
At this point the shooter will have a firm, two-handed grip on the pistol, the safeties will be disengaged, the finger on the trigger and the final step commences.

The shooter presses the gun forward while looking at the target. As the gun comes forward the the shooter will begin to pick up the sights. The gun continues to push forward causing the sights of the gun to intersect the line of vision between the shooter's dominant eye and the target. At this point the shooter gets either a flash sight picture or confirms a good sight picture, focuses on the front sight and presses the trigger until the shot breaks. If timed correctly the shot will break just as the shooter's arms get to their final position and have provided a stable platform.

All of these steps come together in a smooth operation from the pistol in the holster right up to the shot break.

The steps as outlined here:

  1. Grip
  2. Clear
  3. Rotate
  4. Slap
  5. Press
You can't skip any of these steps and still have an effective draw.  The critical thing to think here is, "Slow is smooth.  Smooth is fast."  The fast that you care about is the first shot on target.  You can't miss fast enough to be effective.

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