Draw or Not Draw? / Concealed Carryby al vennemeyer on 02/20/11
To Draw or Not To Draw...That is the question... This sounds like Shakespearian rhetoric but it may also save your life. Have you ever given any thought how victorious you may be in a "draw and shoot" confrontation?
We can all agree that there is no clear answer and circumstances will make the difference. Forethought on this subject will help you react instinctively with the best plan. It's important to think about this not only because your life is at stake but also because it can affect your choice of guns, holsters, dress style, method of carry and personal behavior patterns.
The fastest shooters we know wear an outside the waist band (OWB) hip holster, on their "strong side", with a cover vest. If you are quick on the draw, confident and well trained maybe you can nullify an attempt on your life however it's highly probable that your adversary will have the element of surprise plus a weapon already pointing at you.
I can't say enough for the need to frequently practice drawing with your concealed weapon to improve skills but how many "average" concealed carry people do this?
Actually our best choice for surviving a gun fight is to place major emphasis on situational avoidance and being observant of threats at all times.
If you sense a dangerous situation and prepare in advance to react, chances of a favorable outcome are greatest because you have the element of surprise on your side.
We all have our opinions about personal security tactics and I'm going to leave the quick draw contest up to Clint E. and Arnold S.