Staging Your Firearm For Maximum Speed (Mantis Dry Fire Monday)

Staging Your Firearm For Maximum Speed (Mantis Dry Fire Monday)

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14 thoughts on “Staging Your Firearm For Maximum Speed (Mantis Dry Fire Monday)

  1. I think the point of having the gun out isn't to be faster necessarily… But to have the gun ready to go. When the time comes how many things can go wrong with the draw. God forbid you mess it up. Plus I don't really trust the test and times you did. You can tell from your eyes in the last test that you were going 100% and you had your right arm up ready to push the gun out. In the 1st test you were pretty relaxed. I wonder what the time would have been if you were going 100% on the 1st test.

  2. IMO, there's one even better method for AIWB wearers:

    Draw, then slide the gun about 3-6 inches to the left of your holster, keeping it concealed under your shirt (virtually all AIWBs wear shirts untucked). Keep your support had grasping the hem of your shirt, to pull it up instantly if needed. Why all this? Because three reasons: 1. It still conceals the gun. 2. It still keeps gun fast-ready. 3. It keeps your elbows from flaring out to sides, thus flagging, and certain trained terrorists and counter-terrorists watch for flared elbows as a flag. A LOT of plainclothes pro-types flag their elbows out like this (but some of them train otherwise). 
    Think about it — no one stands with elbows pointed out the sides like a teakettle, except people holding ready concealed guns.

    Granted, this is a fine-tuning advanced point, but for those who study and teach this stuff, it's good to consider.

  3. A couple MINOR things I wish you had mentioned (though you alluded to #1) :
    1. That discreet leg carry is from LE. It stays with LE practice so long because their retention holsters are slow to draw from (especially the classic safariland SS-3), and they beg hand-manipulation-errors (due to lack of practice). Few CCWs have that issue because their holsters are low-retention.

    2. From a speed pov, did you notice how in the first half of your demo, you delayed your trigger press until after sights were on, and the last half you employed that "ideal' trigger stroke that snapped as soon as your sights landed? That's useful info for people not yet good enough to notice it, nor understand its importance 
    * IF * speed is the top priority. Yes, that superfast trigger stroke has concerns in the real world of threat discrimination, but that's secondary to developing the skill in the first place, especially for competition aspirants.
    (retired LE trainer of instructors and competitor)

    Side note: You're my top internet gun guru to follow, because you're smart, verbally disciplined, articulate, but mostly because you're not macho, ego-drenched, nor a knuckle dragger. I spent 30 years mostly with fellow knuckledraggers, and while I trusted most of them to kill people to save me, they mostly make for horrible instructors.

  4. That was some good stuff. Here's another possible benefit… where I live, we have a gung-ho prosecutor that likes to charge people with brandishing, even tho Missouri law says it isn't brandishing unless you are actively threatening someone with a gun in a situation where deadly force is not justified. He gets away with it because most people don't know the law. I think it would be a good idea to practice keeping your hand on the gun while still under cover to avoid being charged with brandishing, especially if the situation does not escalate to the point where you need your firearm.

  5. Good thoughts. I’m concerned about the guy who comes around the corner after we have responded to a bad guy too… especially in an active shooter scenario. Watching the vids and talking with security officers, I’m not so certain that they all will stop to ask questions before taking out the good guy.

  6. Just another Mantis Monday…..
    Significantly faster with the hand on the gun in the holster.

    Some great information to "chew on" John.
    Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to share that with us.
    Also a big thank you to all the folks working with you "behind the scenes". 😉👍
    Keep yourselves safe!

  7. Lots of good stuff there. In general, I stage the firearm in my holster by placing my hand on it like you did (most people recognize this stance as this is your last chance to leave me alone). If I need to actually draw then we are at DEFCON 2 quickly approaching the nuclear option. This also allows me to rapidly deescalate by just removing my hands like you did and does not introduce a firearm into a situation until absolutely necessary.

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