Carrying a firearm means nothing if you don't know how to properly do it. Concealed carrying is a huge decision with potential life or death consequences and you’ll never know what you’ll be up against which is why you need to be prepared for all situations.
Identifying The Right Holster
Carrying openly is often thought to be a deterrent to a potential attacker. The attacker will see the firearm before making a move and will know that he will be met with resistance. Most attackers just want to hit their target but if they see someone carrying they know it’s going to get in the way of their plans. That is why most people opt for Over the Waistband (OWB) holsters when carrying. They can be seen as a possible advantage but it's also drawing a lot of attention and that could lead to an armed attacker making you their first target.
In the Waistband (IWB) holsters is thought to be the preferred method of carry because unlike OWB carry, armed criminals are unable to immediately identify a concealed carrier. Attackers will often look for the right place to attack before acting, and since they aren’t able to plan for the surprise you’re about to give them, it provides you with the opportunity to draw your pistol at your pace, not the attackers. Although, one of the biggest problems with IWB holsters is fitted clothing and bulky holsters.
Drawing from the holster
When drawing from an OWB holster, it's typically a bit easier to get to than an IWB holster. You will most likely be wearing oversized clothing and will have to move the clothing aside each time you draw. Using your non-dominant hand, move your clothing aside and grab the firearm from your holster using your dominant hand. Naturally, you will drop the clothing and your non dominant hand will join your dominant hand and form a regular grip.
Now, drawing from IWB is very similar to drawing from OWB. However, since the firearm is located inside of your clothing you are most likely wearing regular fitted clothing which could get in the way of drawing your firearm. To avoid getting your clothing tangled in your shirt, grab and hold your tshirt with your weak hand pinned to your chest until you completely remove your gun from your holster. As you move forward, let go of the tshirt and grip your handgun per usual.
How to practice
After you have chosen a position and holster, it is best to practice drawing with your GST-9 or pistol unloaded. After all, practice makes perfect and the more practice you get, your draw will drastically improve.
Once you have the position and location figured out, begin to practice drawing your pistol using dry fire methods. If you are experiencing any complications during practice, you may need to adjust the location of your holster. Be sure to look out for any hangups on your clothing or with the holster. If clothing is an issue, you may want to look into purchasing some concealment clothes.
Once you feel comfortable and are confident with your drawing abilities, head to range and further improve your skills! Waistband holsters are quick to draw from, but that’s only if you’ve regularly practiced drills with your holster.