- As the muzzle clears the holster, it is pivoted toward the target and brought up about solarplex high. This position is known as the “close guard position.”
- Weak hand meets gun hand approximately solarplex high to establish a two handed grip on the pistol. The heel of the weak hand should be placed on the open portion of the weak side pistol grip. You want as much of the pistol grip enclosed with both hands as possible. Weak hand fingers wrap around gun hand fingers, below the trigger guard. Strong hand thumb lies underneath the safety and on top of weak hand thumb. Both thumbs should be relaxed and parallel to the slide. (Be sure not to allow contact with thumbs and slide stop of pistol during the operation of the pistol or you can and will cause a malfunction.)
- As you push the pistol out toward the target, safety now disengages. Bring the pistol up to eye level to establish sight alignment and sight picture. Your index finger should be on trigger ready to fire.
- Both arms can be straight or weak arm can be slightly bent. All this should be done in one smooth fluid motion.
Note: While on the range always draw from your shooting position, not into your shooting position. When you draw, if you are going to shoot with knees slightly bent, then they should be slightly bent before you draw not while you are drawing. Do not drop your head position while you are drawing, get your head in position before you draw. Do not squat or lean as you draw, get into your position and then draw. Always get into your shooting position first. Then draw from it without moving your body. Again, remember we are talking about while on the firing line. I see people all the time draw and squat. Squatting has no significance whatsoever. It does not help you shoot more accurately or faster. It is added unnecessary movement. If you are squatting as you draw, it is probably due to you watching too much T.V.
Note: If weak hand index finger is allowed to rest in front of the trigger guard, you could easily steer the gun off target during recoil without realizing it. If you start pushing shots off to one side, check the placement of your weak hand index finger, and make sure it is below the trigger guard.
Another reason to keep the index finger off the front of the trigger guard is for putting a light or laser on the rail. A lot of people have a rail on their pistol for a light or laser, but they shoot with their weak index finger in front of the trigger guard, this makes it impossible to mount the $300.0 or $400.00 light and laser on the pistol, unless you change your grip. Another thing you will want to avoid in the shooting grip is interlocking your thumbs. Again, if you put a light on the rail you will have to change your shooting grip in order to work the light. The last thing you need to do in a gun fight is change to an unfamiliar shooting grip in the dark when there is a 50% chance of multiple adversaries.