Video: Perfecting Your Pistol Presentation From Holster


More than just yanking your heater from its hanger, pistol presentation requires executing some well-timed movement. Here are the basics.

Putting it all together. It’s not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination, but with work perfecting your pistol presentation gives you a decided advantage in a self-defense situation. You’ll have your pistol at the ready and get on target more quickly by hashing away this fundamental.

In thumbnail, for those unfamiliar with the term, presentation involves all the movements from draw to building a sight picture. And it’s more than yanking your heater from its hanger. Ideally, it facilitates a fundamental grip on the pistol, puts the trigger finger in position for action and navigates the gun on target. It happens in a split second when done correctly, but getting to that point without any hitches takes time.

Jamey Caldwell, an instructor at 1-Minute Out and former special operator, breaks down all the movements to a perfect pistol presentation. Something to keep in mind, and Caldwell points out, not your every movement will not mirror his. Given carry position, holster, body type and skill level there is variance to each of these movements. That said, armed citizens should start by sticking closely to Caldwell’s model of pistol presentation, then adapt the minutia as their skills improve.

Above all, especially given the number of movements involved, shooters shouldn’t expect a crisp draw to sight picture overnight. Like all facets of concealed carry, pistol presentation takes time and effort to perfect. It’s up to you to practice them until they’re honed to a razor’s edge.

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