Everythings To Know About How To Draw A Gun

how to draw a gun

Most gun fights are unexpected. And whenever it occurs, the line betweens death and alive, is only 1s. That’s to be said, who draw weapon first, is the winner.

To Draw a gun faster requires a clear tactical technique. Having a fast hand is not enough, and fast gun drawing needs extremely hard practicing in a properly technique. Sound hard enough?

Worried not, below are my official tactical technique on how to draw a gun as fast as possible includes 10 steps with deliberate purpose. Try to follow the guidance and practices constantly to improve your speed. You don’t want to be dead, right?

How to draw a gun as fast as possible

1: Put your firing hands in the gun grip

Pull the support hand to your body. It is a great to touch the support hand on your upper chest. The firing hand moves up about the gun grip and back down on the pistol to have a good firing grip on the pistol (while the gun is in the holster). Both hands have to move simultaneously.

You have to make a good firing grip by using your hand place high on the grip. The web between index finger and thumb have to be as high as possible into the tang of the gun. The index finger has to be resting and straight on the side of the holster. Don't put the finger on the trigger before drawing, it could cause the negligent discharges. Release all the active retention system you may have.


● This is one of the most important steps in drawing a gun. You should practice bursting in this position.

● Make sure to get a good grip on the gun. It can help you much more to adjust as your draw the pistol, and your shots will be more accurate.

● Practice this step the most because it is quick and short motion. Don't forget to emphasize a perfect firing grip on the pistol.

2: Practice to keep your wrist as straight as possible.

Try to keep the wrist in the straight position while pulling the gun straight up. If you have to clear the holster in more elevation of the gun, rotating your arm at the shoulder in a backward and upward motion. A straight and firm jerk is required for passive retention holsters.

The gun has to be clear of any obstructions created by the holster, but it may still be very near the holster.

3: Firing from retention

After taking the gun out of the holster, don't forget to keep your wrist in line or straight with your forearm, rotate the arm at the shoulder forward and down. Then the gun will point down range at the target.

In case your gun has an external safety, you have to disengage it simultaneously while you are rotating the arm forward.


● The key of this position is remembering to keep your wrist inline or straight with your forearm then rotating at your shoulder.

● This position is called "firing from retention" or "close contact firing position". As the name, you can shoot a very close target from this position. Don't shoot the target which is further than five feets.

4: Always keep the gun pointed towards the target even when moving it.

Move the gun toward the support hand placed at the upper chest and stop the gun underneath the shooting/dominant eye. While moving the gun, the support hand should also move and be preparing to receive the weapon underneath the shooting eye. Your support hand has to wrap around the front of the side and enclosing the entire grip.


● Keep this muzzle level, in the parallel to ground position for dry practice or point at your threat. While the gun comes into view, you can start lining up your sight in the split seconds while the gun is moving.

● Ask a friend to help you check your transition from step 3 to step 5 is very handy. Your friend can find out if you are dipping your muzzle low or throwing your muzzle high. Then you can put you in the right position as your friend's help.

5: Complete the motion

Place the shoulders squared to the target, extend both arms straight out. Then putting pressure on the weapon and bending one arm causes a natural tendency to twist your body.


● Don't keep your arms fully extended because you can increase your visual size.

● Keep your firing arm as straight as possible to get the best sight.

● Practice extending about two-thirds or half of the way. It is much better to close quarters tactics when you are used to as the weapon is closer to your face.

6: Create "isometric pressure"

Create "isometric pressure" when you are in the firing position. This pressure not only can help immensely for follow up shots but also can help retention. The isometric pressure is made by pushing forward the firing hand while pulling back the support hand.


● This is a strenuous and highly beneficial position. Remembering to practice this position, again and again, to get the feeling when you are in the real situation.

● You can be tired in the first few tries to make the isometric pressure, especially when the firing arm isn't fully extended.

● For increased accuracy, your firing hand grip can be loosened while the support arm is building up more pressure.


After the fight seems to be done, performing a tactical reload before reholstering the weapon is an excellent habit to get into and a good tactical to choice.

8: Re-holster the gun in the exact opposite order of above.

Pull back to close contact position in step 3, then place the hand on the stomach.


● This position may behoove you to pause. In a fight, everything can happen. So that make sure to take one last quick look around before you re-holster the gun.

● Safety on, slide the gun straight down into holster smoothly while rotating the wrist and raising the elbow.

● Remember to keep a full firing grip on your gun until the pistol has been completely secured in the holster.

9: Dry practice

Keep practicing these steps until you can do them perfectly and quick. You should practice drawing about 20 minutes every day for a week.


● Dry practice, using an unloaded pistol, is the best way to get accommodated with the position and get muscle memory. In another side, the dry practice can help you save much money because you don't have to pay for any additional cost.


Try drawing and shooting the target at the range when you have the presentation perfected.


● Don't forget position three to eight should be done smoothly and perfectly.

● Try to focus on the front sight soon until you can have better sight before the gun is in its final position.

So, what’s next?

In conclusion, hard practice is the key to the success. Never lose your passion, keep practicing until you can draw a gun as quick as you want.

See you in next season, I will introduce to you a lot more interesting techniques. Bye, fellas!

Jim Johnson

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