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Dry Fire and Drawing from Concealment with Outer Layer Garments

As responsible gun owners, part of our everyday training should be learning how to draw from concealment. In the US, it's still winter which means extra layers of clothing. This can add an extra layer of complexity to drawing from your concealed carry weapon.

That’s why understanding how material, number of layers, and how we wear the garments (zipped up or open) all factor into the time and ability to get the weapon into a fight is so important. In this month's episode of Shooter Ready Challenge, Instructor Riley Bowman from works on drawing from concealment with an open-font outer layer garment like a jacket, coat, or hoodie. Let’s take a closer look at how you can use LASR X and a laser cartridge in your safe and unloaded firearm to practice safely and efficiently as a responsible gun owner who carries in colder climates.

Getting Started with Laser Trainers

When you first begin learning to draw from concealment while wearing an outer layer garment like a jacket or hoodie, it is important that you start off slowly and work on building your skill sets incrementally. A great way to do this is by using a laser training program such as LASR, which allows for multiple shooting drills and scenarios without any ammunition whatsoever! With dedicated laser trainers that are specifically designed for handguns you can test out various techniques without any danger of actually firing off shots in your home or training space. Not only is this safer than regular firearms training, but it also makes it easier for you to work and rework your technique and get feedback.

Practicing with Multiple Layers of Clothing

Once you have gotten comfortable drawing with one layer of clothing (from either inside the waistband (IWB) or outside the waistband (OWB) holsters), it is time to start practicing with multiple layers! Depending on what type of clothing you are wearing – whether it be a light cardigan or multiple layers or heavy winter clothes – each additional layer will add another level of complexity and slow down your draw speed. That’s why it is important that you practice these scenarios in order to develop muscle memory so that when push comes to shove, you know exactly what needs to be done in order for your firearm to be drawn quickly yet effectively!

Parting Shots

Practicing drawing from concealment while wearing an outer layer garment like a jacket, coat, or hoodie should be part of every responsible gun owner’s daily training regimen during winter months. Knowing how material types, the numbers of layers worn under garments play into draw times can make all the difference if ever needed in life-threatening situations. Using LASR and having access to a laser trainer allows gun owners in all climates the opportunity for safe and efficient practice reps anytime they choose. It's always best practice put safety first when handling guns—especially when dealing with extra layers during winter months—and armed citizens should take advantage of resources like LASR whenever possible for their carry-training needs!


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