What’s The best place to conceal with the quickest draw time?

I got a great question from Douglas after he signed up for our Praxis counter-ambush and counter-assault training…

What’s the best place, with the shortest draw time to conceal my pistol?”

It’s a great question, but it’s a little more complicated than it may seem.

As an example, the best place I’ve found to carry a pistol with the shortest draw time is in the front pocket of a jacket with my hand holding the pistol…shooting through my jacket…but a pistol in a jacket pocket usually isn’t a good idea because of the tendency to flop around and/or fall out. It’s hella-fast and concealed well, but in the real world, there are other factors in play.

Second fastest is a hammerless revolver in a pocket holster in a loose front pants pocket…again, with my hand innocently and discretely holding the revolver. Great option when standing…not so much when sitting. Especially with a seatbelt on.

From there, it depends on your body composition, the clothes you’re wearing, activity level, whether you’re sitting or standing, wearing a seatbelt or not, and other factors.

In general, for speed from concealment, appendix carry is quickest and times increase as you get further away from appendix position.

But, appendix may not be the “best” position for you to carry in just because of speed.

As an example, the vast majority of the time, I carry on my strong side hip. When I know I’m going to be bending over a lot, I’ll carry a hammerless revolver in an appendix holster. When I need to wear a tucked-in shirt and look sharp, I’ll wear a compression shirt under-shoulder holster. When I’m riding a bike, I’ll oftentimes wear a fanny pack holster or carry in a backpack/camelbak in a holster.

Each of these options is “best” for speed and concealment under some, but not all conditions.

If I were to suggest a single way to carry initially, it would be on your strong side hip.

Why? Because the draw is almost identical for an in waist band holster as well as an outside the waistband holster.

You can go to ANY class and shoot from a strong-side hip holster…but there are several where you can’t draw from an appendix holster, cross draw, or behind the hip.

You can go compete in an IDPA, USPSA, or 3-gun match with a strong side hip holster, but not with an appendix or behind the hip holster.

From there, you can experiment with carry methods that work better for your lifestyle (like a purse for women), ways that are easier for YOU to conceal YOUR firearm on YOUR body, and ways that are quicker for you.

Two rules of thumb to keep in mind…

First is, the reason to keep pushing speed on your draw stroke isn’t to shave 100ths of a second…it’s because the combination of speed+accuracy+consistency is an objective way to measure skill level and whether or not the skill is coded to the parts of the brain that you’ll have access to under stress.

Second, keep in mind that while shaving 100ths and 10ths of a second off of your draw stroke is important, the ability to visually identify threats sooner and tie that realization to your draw stroke can cut several seconds off of your real-world draw stroke time.

Regardless of which way you carry, I want to encourage you to watch the replay of the training session that Douglas signed up for >HERE<.

Here’s why it’s so vital that you do…

Performance degrades significantly the more the real-world situation is different than how the skill was trained. Factors include stance, stress level, visual complexity, lighting, balance, movement, time constraints, angles, and novelty of the situation.

Current training is done in blocks and the user has to bolt the blocks together under stress. An example is shooting standards where the student is standing flat footed on a well lit range with a perfect stance, shooting 1 paper target with generous time constraints.

Like this:

Or this:

This creates a fragile technique.

That same student is expected to be able to shoot the same on a moving target that’s shooting at them in poor lighting while sprinting laterally over uneven ground to cover with innocent people in the area.

Each factor that’s different in reality than it was in training adds a lag and a drop in performance as the brain attempts to bolt disparate skills together.

Praxis builds the individual skills and then combines them over time to create resilient technique that can be executed at a high level under stress, even under horrible, real-world conditions.

Current multi-day training is done in a way that codes to parts of the brain that we won’t have access to under stress, namely the hippocampus

Under stress, blood/glucose is diverted from the hippocampus to the amygdala and the knowledge disappears.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent Force Science Institute study published in the journal, Behavior Analysis In Practice illustrating how that plays out:

Praxis uses cutting edge brain science to help you code complex motor skills to the right parts of the brain for high stress performance, namely the motor cortex, cerebellum (error correction) , and basil ganglia (planning complex motor movements).

Traditional training methods are not able to accomplish this efficiently because they overload short term memory with more information than it is able to consolidate and transfer into long term memory in a single setting. The student may retain the head knowledge, but not the skill.

In the real world, the need to move offline and use a firearm is most often triggered by a visual stimulus that requires rapid and accurate scanning and visual processing and decision making tied to a complex motor skill.

Training most often uses static targets where the status of the threat does not change. In addition, most often, the “go” signal is an audible beep.

Praxis integrates scanning, rapidly shifting focus, and accelerated decision making based on visual input and ties it directly to meaningful defensive action, whether it’s moving offline, drawing and engaging with a firearm, or both.

Performance under stress is a combination of inoculating complex motor skills to stress through repetition under increasingly stressful conditions AND stress modulation in the brain.

Traditional training tends to under-stress or over-stress the student and does not integrate stress modulation techniques into training.

Praxis will teach you how to dial in your stress level for optimal training. Too little stress leads to inactivation of the cerebellum, a wandering mind, and very little skill building…too high of stress

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reduces acetyl choline increases cortisol, and decreases learning speed. But, with Praxis, you’ll learn a scientific approach to using just the right level of stress in training to optimize learning speed. 

In addition, you’ll learn stress modulation techniques to be able to blunt the adrenal response and stay in a peak performance zone when others are freaking out.

We live in a time where speed and accuracy demands are on the rise, but training time and training budgets are being taxed. Traditional training methods are struggling to keep up.

The 5 F’s of Praxis (Front end loaded, Fast, Frequent, Four percent, fused, and a 6th…Fun) will allow you to build skill faster, while spending dramatically less time and money to build these skills.

In the same time (or less) that others are spending to be mediocre at flat footed shooting, you’ll be excelling at 360 degree dynamic shooting with odd angles, multiple threats, and discernment training.

What that means is that the time saved on gunfight training can be used on situational awareness, de-escalation, empty hands, and other training.

Until Praxis, shooters either had the ability to perform like this or they didn’t.

And the only way to go from not having the skills to having the skills was 10s of thousands of reps over hundreds of hours per year. Even then, it wasn’t guaranteed if the shooter had underlying balance, vision, or hand-eye coordination issues.

Using cutting edge brain science, Praxis completely changes the math and will show you how to go from being a static, flat footed, paper-punching shooter to being a faster, more accurate, dynamic, thinking shooter over the next 6 weeks…a few minutes at a time, a few times a week using simple, fun drills you can do in your own home.

We’ll do it by upregulating the vision, balance, and hand-eye coordination centers of the brain…first individually, then integrated together, and finally integrated together with firearms fundamentals.

No other training can deliver these results because no other training uses this process.

Get ready to amaze your friends, your family, and yourself…take the next step by signing up for our free training >HERE<

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