Drawing from Concealement

Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry



Have you tried different draw strokes from a cover garment?  Cover garments can range  from a lot of things such as open jackets, Tshirts, button-down shirts, etc.  

Chris talks about an open jacket position at about 22 seconds in this video.  He quickly demonstrates how to sweep the garment back, come down by driving your hand towards the gun once the garment is properly swept, and then of course draw, extend the gun, and break off a shot.  

Chris demonstrates a few repetitions on how this can be done rather fluidly from a front-open garment.  

As discussed in 55 seconds, if a coat is zipped, this dramatically changes the draw stroke. The draw is slower and Chris demonstrates using monkey fingers to lift the garment from the front. To do this properly, sweep the garment as high as you can and then drive the thumb down around the gun where the three fingers wrap around the grip. From here, the gun is pulled straight up to clear the holster you engage your regular draw stroke.  

Chris demonstrates this several times and we recommend you follow along with your SIRT training pistol.  

As described in 1:52, Chris cautions concealed carry holders that you have to train your draw stroke with your garments to ensure you develop a proper technique. Too many concealed carry holders get their pistol and do not train getting the gun out in the most efficient manner possible.  It is important to replicate real world scenarios when training.

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Mark Fox says December 17, 2016

Maybe it’s me but, a lot of the training videos talk of stepping off the mark during an attack and yet I don’t see that being done. It really doesn’t change my way of training since I practice putting something, cover or distance between me and the threat, I just would like to see more tactical response as well! Thanks for the vid’s, stay safe. Mark

David Serlin Serlin says December 18, 2016

I agree with Mark. Since it is an impossible skill drill at most live ranges, getting some quick motion to one side or the other before, during, or immediately after drawing your defensive weapon, is talked about but rarely (if ever) rehearsed. If there is no muscle memory of repeated application of movement as part of deploying your carry weapon, it unlikely it will be there for you when you need it. The huge advantage of the SIRT is the ability to safely introduce tactical motion to your “reaction to threat” drills. Admittedly, I have not had a chance to watch all of Chris’s videos yet, so maybe my point is moot. If not, then that might be an idea for additional video.

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