Mike Hughes, the rangemaster at the Gunsite Training Academy in Paulden, Arizona, explains how to draw a pistol from a holster by breaking the motion down to five steps. Hughes uses a 1911 for his demonstration.
The first step is known as the “Grip,” and entails placing one’s shooting hand firmly and securely down on the grip of the gun (which is still in the holster), while pressing the non-shooting hand against one’s chest. Step two is lifting the gun straight up (and out of) the holster. Step three, called the “Click,” entails switching the safety off of the 1911 pistol. Step four, called “Smack,” entails bringing both hands together around the grip of the gun. Step five, called the “Look,” entails pressing (“driving”) the gun forward toward the target and looking through the gunsights at the target.