May I invite your attention to:
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Matt invites our attention to
Dry practice is for everyone, not just beginners.
In the defensive pistol class that we taught at the Palmetto Gun Club,
we practiced presenting the pistol from the holster with the support side
hand by reaching around your back. The advantage to this technique is that
the shooter establishes a proper grip on the pistol before pulling the
pistol out of the holster. I believe that this is a good technique and
should be taught.
But, here is the other side of the coin. The NRA Instructor Staff
at NRA Headquarters did not put this technique in the NRA Defensive Pistol
course and never will, because they fear that the student will point the
gun at the people behind him. The NRA Instructor Staff reminds us that
the level of competence of the students may be low.
It should also be noted that the Federal Law Enforcement Training
Centers do not teach this technique as part of their standard curriculum
(though some instructors teach it on their own). Their preferred technique
is to reach around the front, pull the pistol far enough out of the holster
to turn it around so the grip points forward, and then to establish a
high tight grip with the support side hand. (This may require pulling
the pistol completely out of the holster and then putting the pistol
back in the holster backwards. Which sometimes causes the pistol to
get stuck in Serpa holsters. That's why the U.S. Interior Department
has forbidden the use of Serpa holsters.)
So, if you're going to teach this technique, please consider practicing
it with guns unloaded.