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Basics of Gun Drawing & Transitions According to Ex-Special Forces Operator

Basics of Gun Drawing & Transitions According to Ex-Special Forces Operator

Basics of Gun Drawing & Transitions According to Ex-Special Forces Operator

Previously we’ve covered how to hold your pistol, how to hold your rifle, what are the various combat stances, etc. As for this blog we’ll go over how to go from a neutral position right into that combat position with the drawing of your pistol or rifle included. We’ll also cover how to transition from your rifle towards your pistol.

As usual all these techniques were learned to us by instructor Delta who used to be a special forces operator in a Georgian military.

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Safety first!

Before we go into the drawing of a pistol or a rifle, we first have to mention something important which we’ve covered in our first training blog of this series. Which is; that safety is always the number one priority and that means that usually when carrying a gun it doesn’t have a projectile in the chamber. That means that you either have to rack it once drawing it or when you expect to go in a hostile territory only then you make it ready.

“You act as you’re trained”

Another thing we’ll have to mention before starting, is something instructor Delta also mention to us. And that is: “People act the same as they are trained”. Why do we mention this? Well, Because the fact is some people are used to put their hands on their head before they draw a pistol for shooting on time. But that also means that in a real life threatening situation they actually put their hands on their head before they draw a pistol and that costs valuable time.

So, that is not what we are going to do. We’ll cover a different approach learned to us by Delta and for this we’ll break it down into 3 basic steps. So let’s first go over to the drawing of a pistol.

Pistol Drawing

Step 1

The starting position

As for step 1 you want to have your body positioned in a normal comfortable standing position as if you’re walking down the street. You also want to have your pistol in your dominant hand and put it right next to your leg. Later on we can adapt that towards the use of a holster, but as for starters we’ll do it like this.

Going into a shooting stance

For the actual drawing of a pistol the first thing you want to do, is to put your body in the correct shooting stance. This can either be the Isosceles, the Weaver or the modified Weaver stance, like mentioned in our previous training video/blog.


For this, the first thing you want to do is get your non-dominant foot into the correct position. For this you want to slide your foot over the ground with all the force you have into the ground. Why is that important? Well, because when you go into a combat scenario you never want to fall. And by doing this you prevent falling, because you remove any debris or stuff that lays on the ground that can potentially knock you off your feet.


In the meantime while moving your leg, you also want to get your non-dominant hand right in front of your chest area. You also want to get your dominant hand with the pistol right in front of your neck. Positioned like shown in the picture and important to notice, is that you keep the finger of the trigger while doing so.

Step 2

Racking the pistol

As for step 2 when in this position, you’re going to get your non-dominant hand and place it on top of the back side of the slide. Then in order to rack the gun, you’re going to punch the gun forward with your dominant hand.

Gripping the pistol

While doing so you’re going to turn the gun on its up-side to get a proper sight alignment. Also when punishing, once you hear that the gun being properly racked you’re going to get your non-dominant hand into the correct grip position on your pistol.

Arm position & front sight aim

Once in this position you have to notice that your arms are not being straightened up, but are a bit bend in order to manage that recoil properly. And besides that, you’re also going to take notice that you focus on the front sight in order to get a proper alignment.

Step 3

Taking the shots & retrieving the pistol

As for the 3rd step, when in your shooting position you’re going to get a shot or multiple shots and notice the trigger control when doing so. Once your shots have been taken you’re going to take the gun back towards the neck area and notice that your finger is of the trigger while doing so.

Scanning the area

After your shots have been taken you’re going to visually scan the area for any other targets or whatever may come at you. This is done by actually visually scanning the area if something is present or not.

After that’s done and everything seems clear you’re going to holster the pistol and this is done by visually guiding the pistol into your holster. This is important so you don’t do it wrong, don’t lose valuable time and you just scanned the area to see if everything is clear. That’s why we watch holstering the pistol.

How to practice Pistol Drawing

How to train this? Well, we’ve divided the full sequence into 3 basic steps for you to follow. So you can do step 1, step 2 and step 3 separately. After that you’re going to combine step 1 with step 2. And once confident with that you’re going to get step 3 into the equation as well. This will get you a full sequence of drawing a pistol.

AR Drawing

Next up is the drawing of a rifle. For this you want to do the exact same steps as with the drawing of a pistol, but let’s help you out with a few pointers.

Pointer 1

Firstly when starting in the relaxed position you want to have your dominant hand holding the pistol grip of the gun.

Pointer 2

Secondly, when pulling the charging handle you want to make sure you only use the left side of it with your non-dominant hand.

Pointer 3

Once your shots have been taken you’re going to lower your muzzle a bit in order to visually scan the area similar like with bringing back the pistol.


It’s important to notice that you take the time in order to get used to these techniques, because it might be the case that you have developed some habits in the past which are difficult to get rid of. For this, we recommend to train with at least one buddy in order to watch each other and correct each other if any errors occur.


Let’s go over to the transition from your rifle towards your pistol. A transition from a primary to a secondary is done when you don’t have enough time to reload the magazine of your primary and need to react quickly to the situation.

How it is done

For this you want to throw the gun away towards your back and grab your pistol as fast as possible. But like in our case when carrying a backpack that’s quite difficult to do because the sling can get stuck.

So what we recommend to do then, is actually just locking the gun with the sling on to your side and grabbing the pistol like that.


Remind that we can show you the things we’ve learned, but you still have to do some training at home in order to become better, even if it’s just dry firing at home and minding the things we’ve told you.

Professional training

But for professional training we recommend you to check out and take contact with the instructor Delta at deltasurvivalschool.com.

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