Strong Side Belt Holster 4 Count Presentation
The one count
The support hand and firing hand move at the same time.
The two count
The firing hand acquires a firing grip on the handgun.
The firing side elbow is tucked in close to the body to avoid interference with others or obstacles.
The support hand moves to the chest/stomach and is held close to the body. Attempt to keep the support hand and arm close to the body while moving.
The support hand and arm are kept close to the body to ensure the support hand is clear of the muzzle during the draw stroke
This also places the support hand in a proper position to receive the handgun later in the draw stroke
This position also keeps the support hand close to the body to minimize the opportunity for an assailant to grasp the support arm or hand.
Support hand fingers are closed, thumb is up.
The fingers of the hand are closed to minimize snagging on clothing and the thumb is up to act as a brake during the shift form the 2 to 3 count of the draw stroke.
The final hand positions are to be referred to as the Rock and Lock Position.
The three count
The handgun is drawn straight up, trigger finger is straight.
The support hand does not move.
The handgun is then rocked horizontal, while being kept close in to the chest. The butt of the handgun should be firmly mounted along side the rib cage and held firmly by the biceps of the firing arm. The muzzle should be horizontal, slide tipped slightly outboard to clear the shoulder and clothing. The muzzle should be pointed towards the center of mass of the threat.
By holding the handgun firmly against the rib cage, the shooter is exercising close quarter weapons retention. Additionally, the handgun may be fired from this position, should the assailant move in or attempt to capture the shooters weapon.
The support arm may be used close in as a distraction or block.
The Safety, if equipped, may be taken off anytime after the two count.
The support hand slides to catch the firing hand.
The four count
The handgun does not move.
The support hand thumb will act as a stop to prevent the hand from over traveling.
With the support hand on the firing hand, additional weapon retention is established.
The firing hand pushes straight out from the shoulder.
To return to the holster the shooter simply reverses the presentation.
The trigger finger contacts the trigger and takes up the slack, from 3-4.
The support hand slips around the firing hand to establish a firing grip. The support hand does not tighten excessively around the firing hand, it simply pulls to the rear, creating isometric tension.
Avoid excessive motion. A typical example is the throwing action some shooters exhibit. The bore line of the weapon should move out as if a sword. The sword should be able to punch straight through.
Return the weapon to the three count, safety should go on at this time, trigger finger is straight.
Return the weapon to the two count, support hand moves to the chest/stomach, trigger finger is straight.
Return the weapon to the one count, trigger finger is straight, support hand is on the chest/stomach. Rotate the weapon down into the holster. DO NOT COVER THE SUPPORT HAND WITH THE MUZZLE.
Copyright © 1997 Jim Crews
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