Fast pistol deployment can save lives in self-defense situations. Handguns are easy to carry in holsters, but when the need arises and a self-defense situation is at hand, there are several ways to discreetly carry a gun so it’s ready to aim and fire, should the need occur.

People can draw their handguns and position them behind their legs. This position makes it easy to have the gun securely in hand, while simultaneously maintaining a low-key demeanor that doesn’t raise interests or threats. This technique is routinely taught to police personnel for violent offender traffic stops. This method can be used when answering the door at night. If the person is not a threat, the gun can be put away. If the person is a threat or an intruder, it’s easy to aim and fire the weapon.

When using the aforementioned position, it’s important to keep the gun’s muzzle in a safe direction and never place the finger on the trigger. The finger should be placed along the gun’s frame, which helps prevent accidental discharges. Also make sure the gun doesn’t point directly at the body or leg, which can also be a hazard.

The low-ready position is when the body’s arms are fully extended, but the muzzle is depressed, but the gun is not pointed at a person. This is a more aggressive stance, but allows the intruder to know there is a gun and the person is armed, which hopefully causes an intruder to flee. This position allows the gun to easily be raised directly at eye level and within sight to fire, if the need should arise and a self-defense situation occurs. This position is not without controversy, as many people believe this could lead to an escalation in violent behaviors.

Whatever position someone uses, never place a finger on the trigger unless it is determined with 100-percent accuracy that the intruder is going to attack and the shooter fears for his/her life. Not simply just fears, but feels that imminent damage and death is present or occurring.

A close-quarter hold involves an elbow being held as high as possible, with the heel of the hand resting against the pectoral muscle. This keeps the gun below eye level, which makes it nearly impossible to use sights, but does prepare someone for a close distance assault.

While handgun skills are readily compared to shooting accuracy, the two are actually quite different. Delivering accurate aim and hitting targets can easily be accomplished on the gun range, while proper handgun skills address how to effectively disable and render threats or intruders harmless. It’s important that people who carry concealed weapons or use handguns regularly practice to ensure they are ready to address and handle any potential serious or deadly situations, should they arise.

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Techna Clip is not responsible for the personal protection of concealed carry owners or the general public. This article contains information tips and is not intended to supersede legal information, law enforcement regulations or federal, state or local self-defense laws.