Whether you shoot competitively, plink on the range or carry everyday for personal protection, getting a pistol into action safely and efficiently is key. Team SIG Sauer Captain Max Michel knows a thing or two about getting on a gun. And he broke down the necessary steps for a solid draw stroke recently.

Team SIG Captain Max Michel Breaks Down Proper Pistol Draw Stroke

“We want to maintain the grip of the pistol being in the same spot each and every time for consistency and repeatability,” Michel said. “So in a stressful siuation you can revert back to your training, whether it be a competitive situation or a combative situation, and you can have the proper grip on that pistol before taking it out of the holster.”

Michel breaks down a proper pistol draw stroke in three steps. Step one comprises simply getting the strong hand on the gun. The support hand moves to the front of the chest. In step two, the support hand meets the strong hand to build a good two-handed grip in front the chest. Finally, in step three, the pistol sights come up to the eyes. Here, Michel identifies his sights on target, and let’s that sight picture dictate the shot.

“The three-step process is very simple regardless of wherever your hands start at. If my hands are in the surrender position, I’m going to go to position one.; if they’re at my sides, I’m going to position one.” “Michel continued, “If I’m tying my shoe and a situation arises, I’m going to stand up and get to position one. It’s all the same for consistency and repeatability.”

No Extra Movement

Michel’s advice comes simple and straightforward. Remove all the extra movement from your draw stroke for best results.

“You’ll also notice that there’s no additional movement. My hands go to the gun, and the gun goes to the target. My shoulders aren’t ducking, my head’s not ducking, my body’s not moving, I’m simply just getting my hands to the gun and the gun to the target. Extra motion means extra time on the clock.”

Of course, on the range, that time just costs Michel points in a match. But in a defensive scenario, it could cost everything. For more information, visit

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