For those of us who carry concealed, the possibility of having to draw our pistol is something that we realistically need to think about. But how often do we practice this? Probably not as much as we should or care to admit.
Drawing from concealed is not the same as drawing from an open holster, and if not done properly, can lead to a myriad of problems including and up to a negligent discharge. Worst case scenario, it could lead to the unthinkable to yourself or someone else other than the threat.
There are many ways to carry concealed. ITW (inside the waistband) OTW (outside the waistband) appendix carry, small of the back, under the arm, although this is more like how you will find a Hollywood detective carrying under his sport coat, but it is a way to carry.
No matter how you carry, it is important that you practice access to and drawing from the position you choose. So how does one decide where to carry? Good question. It’s all about personal preference. As for me, I like ITW. Now I’m not suggesting rush out and by a bunch of holsters for every position that you may conceive of, but you can find good holsters on the market that allow flexibility. Find one that can convert from ITW to OTW, and has the ability to change cant angle. Once you find that holster (Alien Gear is one that comes to mind) position, reposition, and then position again until you find the one that best suits you. After that, now it’s time to practice.
Firearms safety first, make sure the weapon is cleared and unloaded. Place your unloaded and safe weapon in the holster and practice drawing from concealed. You may find that what you thought was good may not work so well, and it may take several different variations of draw style and positions to find the one that works best. Don’t forget the fundamentals of safety nor of shooting in general, grip, draw stroke, sight alignment, sight picture, and trigger control.
And practice, practice, practice drawing from concealed so if that time ever comes when you have to defend yourself or others, you can do it with confidence.