Concealed carry draw strokes

One thing we can count on is living in a constant state of flux, right now that is the seasons changing. As we start to work our way into winter we see the heavier clothing coming out.

A lot of folks get comfortable with their favorite concealment mode that works well when in a simple T-shirt or polo. That’s awesome, but how well does it work when you are wearing heaving clothing or jackets?

Those who know me, know I’m a big fan of stream lining things down for simplicity and efficiency. In this case, what that means is I use a draw stroke method that works under a variety of clothing options. I don’t have to worry about my attire as much as others who are too specific with their type of clothing and method of clearing.

One technique we come across frequently is using both hands to clear the clothing. Is there an advantage to this method?

The answer is maybe. Maybe if you do not have another item in your weak hand and maybe if you are not offensively creating distance through striking or occupied with other tasks.

What might you be carrying in your weak hand? For me when the kids were younger I had them in my arms a lot and made it a point to work my strong hand only technique big time. It was at this point that I realized the importance of being able to draw from concealment with my strong hand only. On more than one occasion the hair on the back of neck stood up or my senses were acutely engaged as a father.

We’ve talked about the two types of events one might encounter, a boiling and flash event. If you are maintaining situational awareness you have a good chance of seeing things if you look for them. Part of your actions might be to avoid, de-escalate or to initiate action. If we’re working within a boiling event, there’s a good chance you might have deployed other tools. Other tools such as flashlights or even blades. It could be argued and possibly even socially acceptable for me to deploy a flashlight prior to events de-escalating and it be completely innocuous. I mean after all, it’s just a flashlight, what can you really do with it. This is going to depend on range to the target, but even if I’m outside of contact range the ability to employ a bright light in daytime settings is still an excellent distraction (see Handheld Torches). If I’m within contact range most modern day personal flashlights are excellent impact tools.

If I was caught off guard in a flash event things can be way more complicated. Such as I’m actually engaged at close contact with the suspect to deflect or absorb wild punches to the head area. Another scenario is I’m using my weak hand to strike and break down defenses as I move to a superior weapon and superior position. It would be nice if I didn’t have to rely on both hands at that range to clear my pistol.

Using both hands to clear your concealment garment is more than doable, the real question, is it optimal.

2 thoughts on “Concealed carry draw strokes

  1. TonyK says:

    This has got me rethinking my draw. I occasionally find myself being instructed by others who think they know better about my two handed draw from concealment during IDPA matches. And I bet the idea of one handed draw from concealment has never crossed their mind (I use IDPA for training and either carry under a tshirt or sweatshirt with an IWB Holster and don’t wear the requisite “carry” vest that you wouldn’t be seen in public wearing anyway.)

    But adding a one handed draw from concealment is definitely a skill I need to work on and add to my training. And I do not doubt there will be some criticism from the know it all’s… But there just might something in your off hand that prevents using both for a draw.

    Thanks for making me think about this…

    • Jeff Gonzales says:

      Hi Tony,

      If the article got you to rethink your training and carry methods, then it was a win. Games are fun, but you get to go home from them. The real life can be a lot less forgiving. Good luck, take care and stay safe.

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