Defense Draw Stroke (DDS) focuses exclusively on the most fundamentally important manipulation of a defensive pistol, the draw. This lab goes in depth on refining the gross motor functions of the defensive draw into a repeatable and efficient action.



Learn a functional draw from appendix and strong side carry. Refine your draw for real-world defensive application.

Personal Baseline
  • Learn your failure point and push beyond it
  • Know and improve upon the time it takes to draw your pistol
  • Learn to draw a pistol to a variety of firing positions
  • Analyze shot angle and environmental constraints of various firing positions
  • Learn IFWA (In-Fight Weapon Access) concepts
  • Analyze shot placement angles with regard to human anatomy
    • Instructor’s take on linear penetration wounding characteristics (pistol/rifle/shotgun/frag) colored by 10yrs experience in human tissue dissection
1 day Lab
  • Typical schedule
    • Safety brief 9AM
    • Live fire 10AM
    • Lab conclusion 3PM
Required Equipment
  • 300 rounds
  • Magazine fed pistol
  • 3 magazines
  • Holster: shoulder/cross draw rigs and soft body/nylon holsters are NOT acceptable
  • Protective gear: eye and ear protection, weather appropriate clothing
  • Food + Water (range location does not allow off-range lunch)
  • Understanding of firearms safety
  • $300 private lab
    • +$100/each additional participant
  • $150/each for open labs (minimum 4 shooters)
  • $20/each range fee
  • 8 shooters/lab max
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