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Old January 2, 2007, 02:42 PM   #8
BillCA
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azredhawk,

Unless you intend to carry right-handed, I'd not worry about drawing from a holster & presenting with the weak hand. In most situations you're better off learning to "fend off" an attack with the off-hand (your right) whilst reaching for your weapon with your strong hand. Being a southpaw, that can present some challenges, though your martial arts training will aid you there. Most weak-hand drills assume you can transfer a drawn weapon to your weak-hand - such as when you are moving others to safety or are injured.

When practicing weak-hand, take your time to not only shift the gun to your weak-hand, but to shift your feet as well, so you remain balanced. Go slow until your body gets used to the positions needed and think about what you are doing before doing it. Once you get acustomed to the difference, your speed can/will increase.

One thing you might want to practice (and few people do) is reaching around with your weak hand to acquire your weapon. Using an unloaded gun in its normal carry position, see what effort is needed to get the gun out of the holster. This presumes your strong arm is either very busy (holding on to a ladder for example) or disabled before needing the firearm. Do NOT try this on a range, since your weapon will, of necessity, not be pointing downrange. You may find that your carry position or holster does not enable you to easily acquire your firearm with the weak hand and you may want to adjust your carry method accordingly.

If you want to carry right handed (even if it's a B.U.G.) then start with practicing your draw with an unloaded gun. Take each step one at a time - shift your balance, sweep the cover garment away, grasp the gun, trigger finger outside the trigger guard, slowly draw and come to your preferred presentation position, squeeze trigger. Repeat at least 10-20 times slowly until you work out the flow. At the range, move slowly and deliberately until you have it worked out.

If you know your Range Officer, explain to him what you are doing. Often times a little conversation goes a long way to preventing misunderstandings. Many will be supportive too. If you have a shooting partner who is right-handed, you can observe his body positions to help you find the one that works best for you.
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