The skills required to effectively draw, present and operate a pistol can be difficult to master. If you develop bad habits along the way they can haunt you or even worse appear at times where you are under significant stress.
It is estimated that under the stress of a “fight-or-flight” situation your shooting skills degrade by 40%. That's the cumulative effect of tunnel vision, loss of fine motor skills, trembling from adrenaline and dopamine, and so on. To me this implies that it is important to strive for 140% of the skills I need to successfully defend myself if the occasion calls for that level of response.
- Strong control hand wrist- keep it straight
- Support hand thumb pressing into receiver
- See the flash for every shot
- Never relax without first bringing the pistol back into my workspace
Try to distill the fundamentals into a 4 or less item checklist for your exact needs. The list will evolve over time – that's ok. Just keep at it and build on each fundamental as you master it.