How to Draw & Perform Reloads Class
Our How to Draw and Perform Reloads class breaks down the components of drawing your pistol, the types of holsters available, which holsters are best for each use, and the best practices when reloading your handgun. Drawing your gun starts with the best place to carry the pistol, the steps for a safe and quick draw, the differences needed to draw from concealment, and how to speed up your draw. We explain why knowing your draw time is critical in self defense situations and the additional opportunities afforded to you in these situations with a faster draw. Students can isolate and analyze each part of their draw, learning what aspects to practice will show the best results.
Reloading your handgun is not just for when you run out of ammo. It’s faster to complete a reload to clear some malfunctions, and we go over when to consider tactical reloads. Whether your handgun holds 7 or 17 rounds, performing an efficient reload under stress is a valuable skill for everyone who owns a gun for self defense.
The best way to practice both draws and reloads is through dry fire. We go over how to dry fire safely and utilize our laser range for the first part of this class, allowing students to get comfortable with fast draws before introducing live ammo. The course can be taught 100% in the laser range when the weather is bad.
The How to Draw and Perform Reloads class is part of our Pistol Skills Fundamentals class series. While fundamentals may seem basic and boring when reading the title, these are the essential shooting skills to master. What separates average shooters from great shooters is their proficiency with the skills taught in our five Pistol fundamentals class series. Our fundamental classes are structured so new shooters can quickly learn the basic skills but designed in a way that seasoned shooters are challenged, allowing them to master the most essential pistol shooting skills.
Even if you have a good grasp of the skills in the class title, we suggest taking all the classes in the Pistol Skills Fundamentals class series to understand and master all the core shooting skills and concepts. The series is separated into 1 Pistol Skills Fundamentals class (4 hours & we recommend taking 1st) and 4 follow-up classes that are 3 hours each. Many instructors teach these skills over a 2-day seminar. While your shooting skills will improve in a 2-day course, we’ve found isolating skills in 1 or 2 smaller classes at a time allows students to practice and enhance the skills learned, allowing a better approach for skill retention and mastery. We offer these classes in our Level 1, 2 and 3 Pistol Self Defense Courses with a discount by taking 2 classes on the same day. While you can take our Advanced Pistol Skills Classes without going through the fundamentals series, we recommend the following classes first.
Shooting Fundamentals Class: Grip, Stance, Aiming, and Trigger Control
How to Draw & Perform Reloads: Strong Side vs Appendix Carry, Safely Drawing the Handgun, and How to Reload your Handgun
Working Through Malfunctions: Type 1, 2 & 3 Malfunctions with How to Fix Them and Strong & Weak Hand Shooting
How to Shoot Fast & Accurate: Improve Your Split and Transition Times While Still Hitting Your Target
Fundamentals of Using a Red Dot: Choosing a Red Dot, Correctly Mounting the Optic, Sighting in the Dot, How to Acquire the Dot, and Shooting with a Dot vs. Iron Sights.
Independence Firearms and Training Classroom and Range at 305 Circle Dr, Cord, AR 72524
- At least 2 magazines but 3-4 are preferred
- 100-150 Rounds of ammunition – standard class live fire
- *Optional low round count option with only 25-50 Rounds of ammunition
- Eye and ear protection
*If you don’t have a handgun yet we have you covered with a rental package. Our low round count rental package costs $50 and includes a pistol, magazines, 50 rounds of ammo, and safety gear if needed. The rental package with 100 rounds of ammo for the standard class live fire costs $75.
- Strong Side vs Appendix Carry
- Holster Options and Best Choices
- Steps to Safely Draw the Handgun
- How to Reholster Your Handgun
- Types of Handgun Reloads
- How to Properly Reload Your Pistol
- Draw Steps Breakdown and Practice Dry Fire
- Draw Practice Live Fire
- Reload Steps Breakdown and Practice
- Measure Improvement for Draws and Reloads
Weather and the Class:
We will have the class regardless of the weather on class day. We are inside for the classroom portion and are on the range for 1.5 hours. Dress appropriately for the weather (hot or cold), but there is a covered area to shoot from on the range if it’s rainy. If the weather is really bad this class can be taught completely in the indoor laser range.
Upcoming Pistol and Self-Defense Classes